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Ec Outlines Cloud Strategy

Academic journal article Manager

Ec Outlines Cloud Strategy

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The EC claims that different rules in Member States are currently preventing the expansion and competitiveness of this sector, as companies are uncertain about their legal obligations in areas such as customers' data protection. However, through successful pan-European action it predicts the industry could more than double, with revenues in the EU rising to almost euro80bn by 2020, and a "total gain" of almost euro600bn between 2015 and 2020. Without such a strategy, it says, these economic gains would be about two-thirds less.

Employment rates are also expected to benefit, with 3.8 million jobs generated, compared with 1.3 million if barriers are not effectively tackled. Meanwhile, a study of 1000 EU companies has found that 96 per cent of those not currently using the Cloud for IT needs would start investing in the technology if barriers were removed.

A cornerstone of the strategy is a new 'European Cloud Partnership' (ECP) - consisting of high-level Procurement Officers from both European public bodies and key players in the IT industry. This will not have a remit of creating infrastructure, but will focus on the commerciality of cloud computing, identifying requirements, developing procurement specifications and procuring reference implementations. "Thereby, it will help advance towards common and even joint procurement of cloud computing services by public services on the basis of common user requirements," the Commission says. …

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