About Sword

Our Group

Sword Group is an international Consulting, Service and Software company driving global leaders in their digital & technology transformation.

Created in November 2000, the group has a current headcount of 1,800+ staff operating in more than 50 countries. Sword offers its customers comprehensive and integrated responses, on both the strategic approach and the execution.

In order to meet the strategic challenges of its clients, the adaptation demands of their information systems and the evolution needs of their business processes, Sword is organised around specialised competence centres. The group guarantees to customers the provision of proximity services, high-added value know-how, high production capacity and optimised economic approaches.

The 5 main areas of activity of the Group:

  • Sword Consulting advises CXOs in their strategy and through accomplishment
  • Sword Services enables new technologies within complex Business & IT landscapes
  • Sword Digital accelerates companies’ internal & external digitalization programs
  • Sword Performance enables customers to manage IT Performance
  • Sword Software provides global solutions in asset finance and GRC

Key executives

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Jacques Mottard

Executive Chairman

Jacques Mottard founded Sword in December 2000. Prior to this he was the chairman of the Metamor Group in Europe. Between 1989 and 1999, Jacques Mottard founded and developed Decan, until the friendly takeover by the Metamor group in February 1999. Previously, he had occupied the position of sales engineer at Bull, as well as regional manager for the Rhône-Alpes and then managing director at Comelog (IT services). Jacques Mottard holds degrees in both science and management (Montpellier ESTP (Grande école for public works engineering) and IAE (company administration institute).

Tony Allen

CEO Software

Tony Allen began his career as a software engineer with Apak in 1989 after graduating with a Master of Science post-graduate degree in Information Systems. He gained experience in all areas of the software development lifecycle with a focus predominantly in solutions for the asset based finance and banking sectors. Tony has been involved in the evolution of the company’s market-leading wholesale finance and core banking systems. He has also been responsible for overseeing the successful development of Apak’s acclaimed Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model. Tony was appointed to the Apak Board in 2007, prior to Sword acquiring the Apak business. Tony continues to lead the company as it grows on a global scale as part of the Sword Group.

Chairman's message

Sword has reached a remarkable level of quality thanks to the work of all its contributors:

– Human quality, respect being the Group’s key value

– Quality of service, the loyalty rate of our clients being close to 100%

– Quality of our innovation, as the technological and functional know-how developed by the teams goes to show, in addition to the ambitious R&D plans in progress

– Financial quality, as reflected in the annual accounts

Our “Horizon 2020” plan provides:

– Daily adaptation of our management methods to completely fit with the DNA of the new générations

– Even more extensive global coverage than today (presence in 30 countries instead of 20 and projects in a hundred or so countries)

– An alternative to the systematic acquisition strategy by favouring R&D initiatives and internal start-ups

– The doubling of the Group’s revenue, on a like-for-like basis, thanks to an average organic growth rate of 15% a year, while maintaining an EBITDA margin of between 14 and 15%

I would like to take this opportunity to very sincerely thank all the actors who contribute to Sword’s success and reiterate that the human criterion will remain my sole obsession.

Jacques Mottard
Chairman and CEO

Strategic Partnerships

As a solutions integrator in different fields, Sword Group has established strong sustainable partnerships with certain specialised software publishers.

This level of partnership enables Sword to work in close cooperation with specialised consultants and to benefit from real technical support within the scope of the services we provide to our clients.

  • EMC

    Brand Identity

    A technology that is widely used to equip our clients with document solutions and sustain robust and reliable infrastructure services.

  • Google partner

    Brand Identity

    Productivity Solutions for Business

  • ibm business partner

    Brand Identity

    A wide range of access software solutions and document data storage solutions and their association with tried and tested hardware solutions.

  • ESRI

    First player in the Geographic Information System field since 1969, Esri is the global market leader. Esri builds ArcGIS, the world’s most powerful mapping and spatial analysis software.

  • Microsoft partner

    Brand Identity

    A combination of flexible innovative solutions to anticipate and adapt to the evolutions of your business.

  • Oracle gold partner

    Brand Identity

    Solutions based on the Oracle business systems and the business processes that they support.

Sustainable Development

In 2011, Sword Group joined the United Nations Global Compact, thereby undertaking to comply with the ten principles related to Human Rights and the workplace, the environment and corruption.

Through this membership, the company is keen to show that it is a socially responsible company in a global economy. We chose Global Compact since it guarantees both an internationally recognised framework and sustainability.

Sword Group hence ensures that it complies with the ten principles laid down by the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  • The United Nations Convention Against Corruption

Human Rights

  • Principle 1 : Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2 : make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


  • Principle 3 : Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4 : the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • Principle 5 : the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • Principle 6 : the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


  • Principle 7 : Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8 : undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9 : encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10 : Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.