We are a business-led global software company with a mission: we want to help organizations to secure their business applications in a reliable and easy way.
We founded GB&SMITH 9 years ago, stemming from the simple idea of offering a disruptive way to manage and document BusinessObjects deployments security through the use of a web-based matrix layer in place of standard solutions (similarly to individual security implementation systems, as when working on NTFS permissions, for instance).
At that time, we could not imagine how things would turn out! And the best is still to come with our future releases of 365View. These projects aim at delivering an agnostic matrix-based console to manage and document security in any application.
Success was immediate! We were two in the beginning, dealing with Global Fortune 500 companies and closing corporate deals worldwide. We are now more than 70 and still growing!
Alexandre BIEGALA, graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lille, is an innovation guru. During his initial SAP BusinessObjects training 8 years ago, he understood the built-in standard security administration interface was very complex and not ergonomic. Alexandre soon realized he could provide a better and user-friendly solution, making SAP BusinessObjects security management more efficient. Alexandre is the CTO of GB&SMITH and one of the two founding associates.
Sébastien GOIFFON graduated from the Ecole Centrale of Marseille in 1998 and is known for being one of the best experts of SAP BusinessObjects security. He has gained recognized field expertise over 10 years in using various Business Intelligence tools. This know-how has given him the extensive overview required to define the whole set of features developed for our software solutions. Sébastien is the CEO of GB&SMITH and one of the two founding associates. He is based in Boston to run the US operations.
After having worked for Oracle France, Denis Payre co-founded Business Objects in 1990. He was COO for 7 years during which he expanded the company in 54 countries, doubled the revenue every year, contributed to the company’s record IPO on the Nasdaq market and made Business Objects the worldwide leader in Business Intelligence. In 1996, he and his partner Bernard Liautaud were ranked by Business Week amongst the “Best Entrepreneurs” alongside Steve Jobs and Steven Spielberg. In 1997 he co-founded the Croissance Plus organization and in 2001, he started Kiala, a company that offers logistics solutions to E-businesses by deploying a large network of delivery points.
From a unique technological platform with 100 delivery points, over 10 years Kiala grew at a pace of 50% per year to reach a total of 7,000 delivery points spanning most European countries. In 2012, the company became the skill center in its field of expertise for UPS worldwide. Denis Payre is currently the chairman of Nature and People First, which focuses on energy storage solutions. He also helps young innovative companies grow.
Bruno is Franco-American and graduated from Stanford University. With 15 years of experience as an international business entrepreneur (USA, Europe and Japan), Bruno joined GB&SMITH to manage strategic accounts and partnerships. Bruno is VP of US Sales at GB&SMITH and is based in Boston.
Olivia graduated from EM Normandie (France) in 1996. She has a 17 years of experience, including 11 years as a CFO in an ever-evolving group. Olivia joined us to reinforce our organization and to accompany GB&SMITH in its international growth. Olivia is the CFO of GB&SMITH.