Monitoring the progress of a strategy as novel and complex as the EU's Cloud Computing strategy is no easy task. That's what makes today's meeting of the Cloud Select Industry Group (C-SIG) (with the participation of Cloud service providers, equipment vendors, telcos and user groups) all the more important. This is the first plenary C-SIG meeting this year, which will rely on the conclusions reached by the subgroups, that have been set up to help out in its difficult mission.
The C-SIG was created to provide independent validation and advice on cloud computing-related proposals. Its members are representatives of major European and multi-national companies and organisations with significant involvement in Cloud Computing. Earlier on, the C-SIG contributed to the implementation of the strategy; last year, a Cloud Expert Group submitted 10 recommendations on research priorities for boosting the cloud computing industry in Europe.
Three sub-groups, aimed at contributing to the strategy's implementation, have been working since early 2013 on Service Level Agreements (SLAs), Certification Schemes and Codes of Conduct. In today's C-SIG plenary meeting, participants will take stock of the work done so far, discuss progress in all the areas of action and contemplate on the way forward.
But what has this progress been mainly about?
Going forward, it will be important to address the remaining challenges with all relevant stakeholders so that Europe does not lag behind in the emerging cloud business.
Estimations about the impact of the cloud show that cloud can contribute up to €250 billion to the EU GDP in 2020 – that could reach a total cumulative gain of €940 billion for the period 2015-2020. The creation of around 400,000 new SMEs over a period of 5 years and a huge potential for job creation, 3.8 million of jobs created indirectly by cloud are factors that are not to be neglected.
There is no magic remedy to get Europe in the right place to benefit from cloud computing, just lots of hard work and the willingness to embrace the challenges of innovation and change. C-SIG groups are helping to structure the cloud and to put it on the right track!