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03 June 2020

Pauline Mercier, a work-study student in her final year of the MBS Grande Ecole Program, founded "Don't be cloudy", a free concept that makes the world of cloud computing accessible to all.

Pauline Mercier, a work-study student in her final year of the MBS Grande Ecole Program, founded "Don't be cloudy", a free concept that makes the world of cloud computing accessible to all.

An idea born from his experience in work-study and double-degree programs

Pauline Mercier is a work-study student in her final year of the Grande Ecole Program. She chose to complete her MBS training with a double degree in partnership with the IAE of Montpellier to acquire further expertise in information systems.

Pauline is also currently working as a Business Analyst at Microsoft in Paris and she dives headfirst into the clouds on a daily basis! “When I tried to explain my daily life to my family and friends, I realized that they didn’t really understand the concept of cloud computing. That’s why I had to come up with something to demystify the concept,” she explains.

Helping to understand how much “cloud” we consume on a daily basis

To make understanding the Cloud accessible to all, Pauline has imagined “Don’t be Cloudy”, an offer of educational content that popularises this solution that we all use every day without knowing it.

“The Cloud is not just about our Google Drive with its holiday photos that we share with our friends. We don’t realize it, but we use it absolutely every day. When you watch a series on a digital platform, when you test a photo filter on an application, when you order take-away food, when you open an email… Even if it’s invisible, it quickly becomes energy-consuming! To consume responsibly, you have to know what you’re consuming. This also works with the Cloud,” adds Pauline.

Contributing to the digital transition of businesses

In her everyday life, Pauline holds one of these “new” digital jobs that require agility between management science skills and information systems technical skills. “I work as closely as possible with the sales teams by monitoring the performance and sales strategy of the Sales Specialists. They are the ones who sell cloud solutions to large French companies preparing for the digital world of tomorrow. I see everyday projects that integrate Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Big Data… It’s like getting up in the morning to go into the future,” says Pauline.

With “Don’t be cloudy”, Pauline’s objective is twofold. First of all, it is about learning, discovering and following the cloud computing news in a simple and fun way on Instagram: @dontbecloudy.

But the Business Analyst also wants to organise events with several expert speakers. “There will be three types of presentations. Cloud basics (1), so that managers, SMEs or enthusiasts understand the world of cloud computing in order to better exploit it in their daily lives; cloud experiences (2), to get inspiration from real digital transformation projects in different structures, and cloud jobs (3), to get an overview of new cloud related jobs and companies that are recruiting in the field. »

“When we think of cloud, we think of computing, storage, networks, technology… And the concept can quickly become confusing.  I would like to make the world of Cloud computing more fun, to promote its new jobs but also to address its limits. I’m not just talking about technical limits, the idea is also to question the CSR dimension of the Cloud, its polluting side or its relationship with the concept of data and privacy,” concludes Pauline.

Follow Pauline’s adventures and discover “Don’t be cloudy”:

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