Portrait of Patrice Truglas, CIO of Prepar-Vie

Pragmatic in his approach to emerging technologies, a supporter of “Commando” approaches to quickly materialize projects, Patrice Truglas combines the triple role of CIO, HRD and member of the management board at Prepar-Vie, a subsidiary of BPCE. Portrait…

I fell into IT almost by chance “recalls Patrice Truglas. After a scientific baccalaureate, he opted for a DUT specialized in finance and accounting. But it was an internship at the CGT that introduced him to development. ” Deploying IT in a union with activists convinced that it would suppress their work was a challenge “, he laughs.

Subsequently and during the compulsory military service at the time, he found himself at the “Cypher” and discovered cryptography and flow security. These first experiences will give birth to his vocation.

His career then began with a position as an IT accountant, “ more accountant than computer scientist “, he recalls. Our man develops a small program on calculators to replace manual operations. ” Little by little, I progressed to become a system engineer in the insurance subsidiary of BNP “, he adds.

Passionate, Patrice Truglas becomes responsible for the IT production of this subsidiary. A new financial director facilitates the arrival of the micro: We then discovered Multiplan “, he enthuses again.

Lots of autonomy like DSI-DRH

Shortly after the merger of BNP with Paribas in 2000, he was called to work at Prepar-Life, a subsidiary of BRED. ” The position offered, DSI-HRD and member of the management board, left me a lot of autonomy. Which suited me very well “, explains Patrice Truglas, who begins by setting up internet tools for customers and intermediaries.

The projects will follow one another for 20 years: redesign of the sites to make them accessible from smartphones, implementation of electronic archiving, a GED… Last major project in progress, directly linking the three main bricks of the IS – GED, business application and intranet – to replace updates operated until now by batch between them.

If he remains as passionate about technology as ever, our man regrets increasingly cumbersome regulations which seem to feed on themselves and today take up almost half of his time. ” I had considered extending my career, but to devote myself more to new technologies, he regrets. Too bad, it will be for retirement “.

MY WORKHORSE > It is important to master all the components of the IS. This is how we take full responsibility for cybersecurity. And even when we don’t have all the expertise within the IT Department, and we have to entrust
missions in relation to service providers, it is nevertheless necessary to maintain in-house skills.

MY USE OF TECHNOLOGIES > We follow current trends while remaining pragmatic. Any experience (POC) must have an operational purpose and a rapid return on investment for user businesses. And the world of insurance is rich in topics on which technology can contribute to the customer experience.

MY REGRET > Sometimes, I regret having moved a little away from technology, management functions oblige. I always like to play with devices. I would also have liked to have an innovation department, even if, of course, we provide monitoring.

WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT MY COMPANY > I appreciate its size which gives me a lot of autonomy in the progress of projects to achieve the objectives set. In the same spirit, I also prefer small teams that allow projects to be carried out quickly with a “commando” spirit.

PATRICE TRUGLAS’S JOURNEY

Depuis 2001 : Directeur du SI et des RH de Prepar-Vie (Filiale assurance de la Bred Banque Populaire)
  2000-2001 : Directeur de la production informatique de BNP Paribas Assurances (Cardif)
  1984-2000 : Responsable du département production informatique de Natio-Vie (Filiale assurance de la BNP)


TRAINING

Diplôme d’actuariat de l’Institut de statistiques de l’Université de Paris
DUT Gestion des entreprises et administration, finances et comptabilité


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Portrait of Patrice Truglas, CIO of Prepar-Vie


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