Powering Great Ideas: French Innovation and Technology in the Energy Industry

January 15, 2020 | 3 minute read
Janet Poses
Product Marketing Director
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France has the largest share of nuclear electricity in the world. The country derives about 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear energy, but government policy plans to reduce this to 50 percent by 2035.*

The country is also the world's largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation and gains over three billion Euros per year from power generation.** It’s no surprise to see award winning innovation given how important energy is to the French economy.

A technology revolution

France is working diligently toward a technology revolution with a goal of establishing and incubating innovation. The country is offering easy-to-access "French Tech Visas" to founders, employees, and investors alike to help encourage tech innovation.

In fact, 41 percent of France’s 75,000 PhD students are not French. Cisco CEO John Chambers compares the raw engineering talent at the Ecole Polytechnique, one of the leading French engineering universities, to the caliber of students at Stanford University.***

The leader for hyper-innovation

Since he became President in May 2017, Emmanuel Macron has reiterated his determination to make France an international leader for innovation. In June 2017, Macron said he wanted France to become the “leader for hyper-innovation.”

The following year, during an interview with Wired magazine, Macron expressed his ambition to spend EUR 1.5 billion over the next five years to support research in the field of artificial intelligence, again boosting French innovation.****

Assystem: International engineering services

Assystem is an example of the innovation growing in France. Based in Paris, the international engineering services consulting company has more than 5,800 employees working across 16 countries. The company supports its clients in the design, construction supervision, commissioning and operation of their industrial infrastructures, ensuring that their facilities are safe and effective in energy production, transportation, and healthcare facilities.

Assystem works on numerous complex projects requiring robust digital solutions to manage French and international contracts, planning, and resources in an integrated fashion. The organization is a recipient of a 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Award for Platform Expansion in Energy and Resources for results achieved through their implementation of Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Unifier.


“Because of the data traceability and accuracy provided by Primavera P6 EPPM and Primavera Unifier, Assystem now has full visibility into project completion percentage linked to the contract requirements.”

-Arnaud Gerber, Project Management Information Systems Manager, Assystem


Assystem’s award winning achievements include:

•    Reduced time required to onboard a new project manager by a significant amount
•    Synchronized Oracle's Primavera P6 EPPM and Oracle's Primavera Unifier to easily access data, analyze root causes, and quickly take corrective actions to keep projects on track
•    Streamlined quality compliance by digitalizing project management business processes using Oracle's Primavera Unifier forms and workflows
•    Reduced time for approval on change requests, change orders, and claims, thanks to the automatic centralization of project data running Oracle’s Primavera Unifier business processes
•    Avoiding penalties through a full traceability, from contract requirements to the work breakdown structure (WBS) and cost breakdown structure (CBS)

“We work better with Oracle’s Primavera solutions. We gained efficiency and improved project control. Now, project managers use the same solutions, Oracle’s Primavera P6 and Oracle’s Primavera Unifier, with Assystem’s enterprise guidelines,” says Gerber.

Oracle is honored to work with leaders like Assystem as France is poised to continue delivering innovation award winners.


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* https://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countries-a-f/france.aspx
*** https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/15/liberty-equality-technology-france-is-finally-poised-to-become-a-tech-power/
**** https://lafrenchtech.com/en/2019/09/06/startup-ecosystems-in-europe-france-gearing-up-as-global-innovation-powerhouse/


Janet Poses

Product Marketing Director

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