If building a new facility, I strongly recommend Tier Certification

 

Interview with Scott Roots from Uptime Institute

One of the most interesting presences in DataCenter Forum event organized in Bucharest 11th of May was Uptime Institute, worldwide authority for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for DC design, construction, and operational sustainability. For the first time in Romania, Scott  Roots – Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA sustained a conference dedicated to “Digitization & the changing shape of data center”, and a workshop named “Data Center Management & Operations Best Practice“. After the conference, Scott had the kindness to answer few some questions from cloudmania

 

“For the past several years, Uptime Institute’s annual survey reveals that these owners operated datacenter Private Cloud resources consistently account for more than two-thirds of all computing, with the Public cloud being used for the remainder.”

Scott Roots, Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA

 

 

cloudmania: Uptime Institute is recognized worldwide for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Datacenter Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability. The Tier Standards were designed for physical Datacenters providing classical collocation and dedicated hosting services. The DC transformation to virtual servers, Cloud servers and mobility induced a series of changes in the traditional DC evaluation metrics. How is prepared Uptime Institute – from standards attributes perspective – for these transformation changes and the certification needs for next generation of DC?

Scott Roots: Certainly, the cloud and hybrid business models are increasing in popularity year over year, and this will only increase the number of physical datacenters. We may see a trend shift toward resiliency at the datacenter physical level, for example, two Tier II facilities rather than a single Tier IV. The use of software and networks for redundancy is an interesting one and it is something Uptime Institute is currently watching.

cloudmania: Today many people consider Cloud & Big Data will kill traditional DC industry. But also other people think the new technologies should have a positive impact because whatever the cloud models are, it all runs in a DC somewhere… How is UI’s positioning relating this DC challenges? Will Cloud & Big Data/ Analytics/ IoT/ Mobile kill the DC industry?

Scott Roots: In the age of the Cloud, on premise and co-location datacenters are even more important to organizations as the vast majority all of this owners operated datacenters are being re-tooled and retrofitted to form the basis of Private Clouds. Private Clouds are simply owner-operated datacenters or colocation resources that have been deployed in a resilient fashion, enable elastic capacity, have accountability built-in, and offer a wide range of self-service capabilities. Working together, a mix of Public and Private Clouds will form the basis of all IT services for years to come. For the past several years, Uptime Institute’s annual survey reveals that these owners operated datacenter “Private Cloud” resources consistently account for more than two-thirds of all computing, with the Public cloud being used for the remainder.  Yes, the use of Public Cloud is growing, but at a much slower rate than previously reported. All of these owner-operated datacenter resources must be re-examined for their predictable performance. Uptime Institute’s Tier Topology Standard is the means to certify your Private Cloud.

cloudmania: Another important trend today, with a direct impact in DC industry evolution is edge computing. Many analysts consider edge computing will disrupt very soon the disruptive effect made by Cloud computing. Pushing power processing units from DC to Mobile DC or Roomservers more close to the data source will generate a fast transformation in DC traditional industry. How is seeing UI this evolution and which are the main recommendations you make for DC services providers?

Scott Roots: We are already seeing this to some degree, and beginning to see more clients looking at edge facilities. The use of Modular or Container solutions will aid in the increased adoption as it assists in a fast and affordable deployment of a new datacenter.

cloudmania: Uptime Institute is recognized today for +1000 Certification in 85 countries. Looking in UI official site search tool, just one DC from Romania seems to be officially certified with Tyer IV for design: Transfond. Why just one DC from Romania? Why is so difficult for DC from an emerging market to qualify for a certification?

Scott Roots: This is a good question, many datacenter owners in Romania may claim to be Tier X, but currently, only Transfond has been awarded Tier IV Design Certification. I believe a lot of the reason is education, people assume that by making a N+1 solution they are Tier III and they don’t need us to confirm that, which is incorrect. They also may assume we are expensive, which is also incorrect – the typical cost of Certification will be well under 5% of total investment and we have released our Micro Tier pricing model specifically for smaller datacenters (Sub 300kW IT load). This is the same high-quality Certification but designed to be commercially more viable for smaller datacenters.

cloudmania: Which is the former communist country with the biggest number of certified DC?

Scott Roots: All certified facilities can be viewed on our website at this link; https://uptimeinstitute.com/TierCertification/

cloudmania: Many peoples make different hierarchies for DC, trying to establish which DC is biggest in a certain area. Which are the criteria we can consider in a DC classification? The surface in sqm? The processing density? Total storage capacity? Which other?

Scott Roots: Uptime Institute works on White space and Critical IT load as our metric for measurement. We then classify facilities by the Tier level for resiliency.

cloudmania: Which are your recommendations for Romanian DC industry related to the next investments, in order to become compliant with best Tyer certification level?

Scott Roots: If building a new facility, I strongly recommend Tier Certification. For example, we recently saved a client over $700,000 in build costs as their design team had built a highly complicated and over-engineered system. Due to the identification of the issue, the client was able to scale back their capital investment while still achieving their desired Tier level. For an existing facility (and after a new one is built), operations are key. The Uptime Institute Management & Operations Stamp of Approval is a low-cost analysis of how the datacenter is being run from the management level down, which is critical for the smooth operations of a facility. Most datacenter failures are blamed on human error, but with best practices, the vast majority can be avoided.

cloudmania: How do you appreciate, personally, the initiative of Tema Energy to organize the first edition of DataCenter Forum?

Scott Roots: To be invited to speak (and for almost half of the day!) was a huge honor for us, the event was fantastic, an excellent mix of vendors, some great technology on display, and overall a very well run event. I have already requested an invitation for 2018 and very much appreciate being invited to a country-wide event like this. We want to continue to grow our footprint in Romania, so it was great for to be recognized by Tema Energy for our global work in certifying over 1000 datacenters in 85 countries.

 

Scott Roots is the Business Development Director EMEA at Uptime Institute. He covers Benelux, Central, and Eastern Europe from the Uptime Institute London office. Roots have been in the IT industry for almost 20 years, with the last 12 focused on the datacenter industry.  He is currently working on some very interesting projects such as a multi-Tier (III and IV in the same site) in Eastern Europe and with new technologies and ever-increasing density sites. Uptime Institute is always looking at new locations to help our clients achieve their business goals and to continue to increase our global presence.

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The Disruptive Effect of GDPR

The entry into force of the new Personal Data Protection Regulation on May 25th, 2018 is already perceived as one of the major critical events of the next year. It will be “Day – O”, with apocalyptic effects for many companies that will not have the resources and time to become GDPR compliant?

Do you remember “2000 Year Virus” or “Millennium Problem”? It was a tremendous strategic move to upgrade infrastructure and computer equipment based on a technological challenge of expanding the number of digits. In January 2000 1st, there was very few downtime in some legacy computing systems with minor losses, but everyone gained through the boom of investments in new equipment and infrastructure…

For many organisations, the new EU regulation 2016/679 comes with the force of an unprecedented change. It seems to have a much greater disturbing effect than the digital wave. GDPR genesis was not easy. Considered as an absolutely necessary update of Directive 95/46 / EC, GDPR consolidated after 4 years of debate and 3000 amendments. Over 80 new requirements have emerged from the old directive. Many companies will have to make radical changes in business models. Some analysts say we will have to radically rethink the current marketing processes. According to the Digital Clarity GroupThe GDPR could be a mortal threat to your company’s existence — and it makes fundamental decisions about data collection, processing, and storage into key strategic business issues.”

An essential vector of the new regulation is the worldwide applicability area. Previously there were regional treaties such as “Safe Harbour” that offered US companies the necessary comfort to process customer data in Europe. Safe Harbour’s privacy principles were abolished by the European Court of Justice on October 24, 2015, after a customer complained that their Facebook data was insufficiently protected. GDPR has suddenly become a major challenge for all multinationals.

Other major provisions of the new regulation with possible disruptive effects would be:

Fines – Penalties are overwhelmingly high, with a maximum of 4% of annual global turnover. Note that these provisions apply to both data handlers and processors – which extend the GDPR requirement to hosting companies or Cloud providers as well.

Consent – Companies will no longer be able to use GDPR incompatible contractual terms or hard-to-get clauses. Consent must be clear and free from any taxation, and intelligent request and a solid argumentation of the purpose of the data processing.

Notification of security breaches – becomes mandatory for all member countries of the community. Any incident must be communicated to the reporting authorities within 72 hours of the occurrence of the breach. Processors will also have to notify their customers as soon as it turns out that the security incident has affected their personal data.

Right to access – part of the extended rights of citizens in the new GDPR format refers to their right to require processors or data controllers to confirm the way personal data is processed, where and for what purpose.

Right to be forgotten – also known as “the right to be deleted“, ensures full confidentiality by deleting all personal records, even in situations of data dissemination or potential use by third parties.

Data portability – refers to the right of any citizen to receive personal data in a readable, readable format by any device that can be transmitted at the request of the owner of another data processor.

Privacy by Design – is a long-standing concept that is just now part of the GDPR requirements package. Essentially, it consists of including data protection tools from the very beginning, from designing a computer system.

Data Protection Officers (DPO) – An IAPP study estimates a need of more than 28,000 DP officers across Europe. The holder of this position will be the GDPR compliance trustee and will accumulate legal, operational and IT expertise.

There are also analysts who see GDPR as a business-friendly test. Any company that has made efforts and invested in compliance measures has gone a long way in its digital transformation.

IDC Security Roadshow 2017; in Bucharest a Real Show!

 

Keeping the same direct dialogue style from announcing article “IDC Roadshow 2017 is coming in Bucharest”, I want to ask yesterday participants if all I promised was happen. Did you think my participation invitation arguments have not been confirmed by the event? Anyone is free to complain posting personal opinions on the comments area… What I want, and I consider it more important, is to show those who could not come, what they had to lose…

So, it was 2017 edition of IDC Roadshow, and Bucharest was the 10th location in CEE region. I don’t know what’s happening in other cities, but I can confirm in Bucharest it was a real show! And here are my key arguments:

First, through the new approach to IT security issues, a field where never-ending novelty is no longer new… We are in a multi-platform era and any CISO should think to data security challenges from duality perspective.  How to improve security posture and resource efficiency at the same time. Data protection is at the same time a management and an IT challenge, covering a lot of vulnerabilities points from access controls and privileged user management, to data encryption and prevention, to policy and compliance deploying, and development of an effective data security culture for the whole company.

Second, the Conference Agenda, which balanced and alternated in a natural way keynotes speeches and new security concepts (Mark Child – CEE Security Practice Lead IDC, Liviu Stoica – president Agency for Romanian Digital Agenda, Gabriel Nicolaescu – Novatech, Puiu Leontescu – Palo Alto Networks, Marian Gheorghe – Telekom)  with discussion panels (CISO perspective: CEC Bank, Omniasig VIG, Dacia Renault and Client and the Vendor: Urgent Targus, Novatech, Palo Alto Networks) , live demo  and two dedicated breakout sessions focusing on of hottest  subject of the moment: The WannaCry Impact for security industry and the new EU regulation 2016/ 679 concerning the personal data privacy (GDPR).

Third, the professional quality of the speakers and discussion panels participants. Personal, for me, it was a very nice surprise to hear and to meet top level professionals, with long-time and rich expertise in their activity areas like Gabriel Nicolaescu – BDM Novatech, Puiu Leontescu – System Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Cristina Metea – Legal Adviser Microsoft Romania, Catalina Dodu – Country Manager Atos Romania, Adrien Viaod – Field Application Engineer Kingston, Emil Gagala – Network and Security Architect VMware, and Alex Balan – Chief Security Researcher Bitdefender.

Fourth, and somewhat related to the previous one, was the active presence with presentations and especially comments on the personal experience of a very representative CISO & CIO pool, from all essential industries for protecting information, like banking (Razvan Grigorescu – Information Security Manager/ CISO CEC Bank, Cristian Goiceanu – CSO & Executive Director, BCR, and Andrei Vilcan – Head of Information Security, Banca Transilvania),  insurance (Adrian Baciu – CISO Omniasig VIG), manufacturing (Daniel Dinu – CISO Dacia Renault), utilities (Eusebiu Rotaru – IT Infrastructure Manager Electrica Distributie), telecom (Marian Gheorghe – Business Segment ICT and Sales Key Accounts Director Telekom) and logistic services (Marian Pletea – CIO Urgent Cargus), until to the governmental representatives (Liviu Stoica – President. Agency for the Romanian Digital Agenda).

Fifth, the professional involvement of IDC staf, which well managed a very difficult event. I know from my own experience the necessary efforts to better organize such international event. It was a nice surprise for me to note the professional infusion brought by the new team of  IDC Romania, active represented during all conference by Alina Georgescu – Country Manager and Razvan Savu – Senior Consultant & Senior Research Analyst. Besides the effervescence of the young team, a great value contribution to the event success was conferred by the presence of Mark Child, a regional information security expert with a rich experience in IDC’s research projects since 2004.

So, is not time and space to write here more details about the Roadshow presentations. This will be included in next articles. What I consider important to point here are three moments with large impact for all audience.

The hacking live demo sustained by Senior Information Security Consultants Gabriel Avramescu from Bucharest and Radu Stăneascu from Bruxelles show us how simple is for a hacker to penetrate our computers and to destroy/ steal critical data, by a simple access on a malicious site. It was a very simple technical live demo showing how easy is for any medium experienced hacker to penetrate our systems In the absence of elementary protection measures and cyber security culture.

Another interesting moment was the discussions panel moderated by Razvan Savu from IDC, dedicated to a real case: the business transformation process faced by Urgent Cargus, a former Romanian company acquired by Deutsche Post DHL in 2008.  Operational problems and the challenges caused by the lack of integration of the platforms and systems was the main discussion subjects, and in the same time, the challenging issues opened by Marian Pletea – CIO Urgent Cargus to Gabriel Nicolaescu from Novatech, and Puiu Leontescu from Palo Alto Networks. Both specialists offered their general strategy for the concrete case solving, commented and amended by the Urgent Cargus CIO.

Finally, a few words about a special panel session dedicated to GDPR, moderated by Andreea Lisievich – Data Privacy Lawyer and having as guests Cristina Metea from Microsoft, Catalina Dodu from Atos, and  Cristian Goiceanu – CSO & Executive Director at BCR. As I know it was one of the first UE regulation debate sustained by private company representants, included in a security conference. After a short introduction in the new GDPR regulation made by Andreea Lisievich, participants discussed the vital importance for any company to become compliant with this regulation. Special attention has been given to the new provisions of the regulation that will enter into force on May 25, 2018, and what attitude must be adopted by any company operating with personal data to comply with the new provisions. Other important issue discussed:

  • Errors of interpretation that may arise from the current Romanian translation of the Regulation
  • What are personal data involved
  • Who and How is processing personal data
  • Which are the situations a DPO role is necessary?
  • Which competencies should a DPO have?
  • How important are the data incidents announcements
  • When is necessary to announce the citizens about a possible personal data incident?
  • How should citizens react when they receive a possible incident notification?
  • Which are specific problems for a Cloud services provider?
GDPR is a big challenge for any personal data operating companies. There are a lot of unclear issues related to “What we have to do” action plan. Follow the actions proposed by the GDPR Ready initiative to get answers to the issues raised by personal data processing compliance in real time.

 

Concluding, IDC Security Roadshow, 2017 edition was something new. A new event concept for a very sensitive subject: information security. A well balanced and interesting Agenda. A very high professional level of participants. professional high level. A very representative presence of big companies CISO. A very important contribution to IDC organising team during all the event.

The Digital transformation hurricane is involving a lot of new technologies, opening the Pandora’s Box for a lot of new threats to cyber security. In order to prevent and to limit any vulnerability, important is to know this threat, to manage the associated risks, to develop a company culture for data protection, and to implement a business continuity strategy.  

IDC Security Roadshow 2017 is coming in Bucharest

Just one week until the new edition of IDC Security Roadshow, transforming Bucharest for one day in the Europen capital of cyber security. Reflecting the trend of recent years that attracted a multitude of border technologies in the hurricane of digital transformation, opening the Pandora’s Box for new threats of cyber security, this year edition of IDC Security Roadshow will focus on the information security issues in multi-platform era.

It is true, a lot of cyber security conferences were organised in the last period. And this is perfectly normal, thinking to the strategic importance of the field. If you still have doubts, if you are not yet clear that it is worth attending the IDC Roadshow, take a look at the event Agenda and you will see it worth it. The main security market trends in CEE will be analysed in the opening keynote ”Information Security in the Multi-Platform Era”, sustained by Mark Child, CEE Security Practice Lead at IDC CEMA. After that Gabriel Nicolăescu, Business Development Director at NOVATECH will conduct us in a CISO strange adventure in Alice (and Bob) In The New Wonderland. The misadventures of a CISO in the brave new world of…”

If I have not convinced you so far, maybe a hacking demonstration could be a good reason for you to postpone your business routines in another day and to come to the IDC Roadshow on June 8th. Come to assist two Senior Information Security Consultants Radu Stăneascu and Gabriel Avramescu in their “Live Demo Hacking.”

Are your organisations in a permanent search for solutions to consolidate your security infrastructure? See how Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, presented by Puiu Leontescu, can help you to address your company cutting costs with superior security solution and an effective TCO.

Okay, you might say: ”maybe it’s worth writing at least for the first part of the conference, and after that, I go back to my office to resolve my affairs.” Don’t rush …, look again on the agenda and you will see that the themes approached by the two parallel sessions in the second half of the program will make you regret that you can not split into two. In this case, the ideal solution is to convince a colleague to come to the IDC Roadshow. So you will be able to participate each one at one breakout session and then share the information. These sessions will cover two subjects with a strategic role in any CSO activity: End-point defence and Data-Centric Security.

Guerrilla fights with cyber criminals never end, and it’s enough to think of the nightmare weekend created by WannaCry, described by Eugene Kaspersky as ”a ransomware with a very low code quality, and a lot of bugs that gives victims a chance to restore data using free utilities for file recovery”… End-point defence session will cover ”The WannaCry Impact” analysed by Mark Child from IDC, a Novatech Case Study presented by Marius Marinescu, CTO at Novatech, the last development brief ”Bitdefender – Trademark For Innovation!” made by Alex Balan, Chief Security Researcher, and another Case Study presented by Eusebiu Rotaru, Manager IT Infrastructure at Electrica Distribution.

Regulations achievement and standards compliance could be other nightmare reasons for a CIO or a CSO. And speaking about the new EU regulation concerning the personal data privacy (GDPR), the issues become more critical. Of course, you can think that GDPR is not your problem, but the company’s administrators and lawyers. Don’t think like this because in the new European regulation there is an important amount of specifications that directly target the technological and operational components in any organisation is managing personal data. And this should interest you directly. Don’t forget: until the implementation of the new EU Regulation 679/2016 (25 May 2018), we have less than one year… IDC invited Alexei Proskura – Security Program Director at IDC CEE, Catalina Dodu – Country Manager Atos IT Solutions and Services, Cristina Metea – Legal Advisor at Microsoft Romania, and Andreea Lisievici – Data Privacy Lawyer to discuss a critical issue related to EU Regulation compliance for any company is processing personal data.

So, hoping I already convinced you, don’t forget we have just one week until the event. All you have to do is to sign up on the special page created by IDC at http://idcitsecurity.com/bucharest/registration

 

DataCenter Forum 2017: The Pole of the Modern Infrastructure Technologies

 

Organised in Bucharest, 11th of May 2017, DataCenter Forum was the first national professional and one of the best international event full dedicated to data centers technologies and solutions. Organiser Tema Energy brings together more than 300 participants, IT infrastructure professionals and engineering experts and 14 of most important players from  Data Center equipment industry.

The DataCenter Forum was structured as a comprehensive conference & exhibition event, offering to participants a very interesting Agenda with keynotes, debates, company presentations and workshops and a +550 sqm exhibition area for indoor and outdoor equipment. Between the Data Center equipment providers which come in Bucharest with top level international representants were APC by Schneider, Carrier, Caterpillar, Hoppecke, Leoch, Mitsubishi Electric, Nexans, Pyralis, Riello UPS, Rittal, Toshiba, Uniflair, Uniline, and Vertiv.

Very interesting was the beginning discussions panel bringing on the Forum podium representative exponents from international data center (DC) institution, local CIO community, and organiser manager: Scott Roots – Business Development Manager at Uptime Institute, Yugo Neumorni – President CIO Council Romania, and Mihai Manole – Managing Partner Tema Energy. ”DataCenter Forum is addressing all organisations interested in new technologies and reevaluation of their legacy infrastructure, offering the possibility to direct contact with the most important worldwide DC providers at and to see how are working the state-of-the-art DC equipment and industrial solutions,” said Mihai Manole in his opening keynote.

One of the most interesting presences in Datacenter Forum event was Uptime Institute, worldwide recognised authority for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for DC design, construction, and operational sustainability. For the first time in Romania, Scott  Roots – Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA sustained a conference dedicated to “Digitization & the changing shape of data center”, and a workshop named Data Center Management & Operations Best Practice“.

In the first presentation, Scott discussed brief results offered by a very interesting Data Center Industry Survey, conducted by Uptime Institute with 1500 world wide DC executive. Here are some considerations derived from the main results of the study: ITC infrastructure is becoming the largest distribution platform for providing public and private services to million of people in rural and poor areas. The mobile platform is emerging as the single most powerful way to extend economic opportunities and key services to million of whatever their background. With 10% increase in high-speed Internet connections, economic growth increases by 1.3%. Domestic DC in the regions is a vital component of the region’s economic infrastructure.

“Romania is in a strategic position as it provides a gateway to markets of the CIS and Balkans for many countries. Romania is a market with excellent potential and an increasingly solid business climate. With well-developed infrastructures, its diversified economy, and well-educated workforce represent a good base for further economic growth,” said Scott Roots, commenting specific results of the DV study.

The main digitisation effects in DC industry are truly related to a global scale. Fast assimilation of last technology trends like mobile allows broader participation of the market to DC resources. This is conducting to a most accelerated information flows in both sectors, Government and private sector pursuing their digital agendas accordingly the increased need for digital skills. Data Centers was permanent in the heart of the action in this transformation process, coming with new efficiency requests and offering a more competitive landscape for knowledge diffusion, specialisation, and human capital development. DC is becoming a strategic asset that supports higher productivity, increased innovation and contribution to growth.

According to Uptime Institute’s study, DC industry is undergoing a wide consolidation: 60% of enterprise IT server footprints are flat or shrinking. Which are the main reasons for this? There are a lot of factors, but the most important are:

  • the dynamic transformation process is driven by increasing the performances at processor level;
  • increased adoption of server virtualization;
  • fast Cloud computing adoption.

According to research participants, the Hybrid deployment models hold steady. The main enterprise IT assets being currently deployed:

  • 65% enterprise owned DC;
  • 22% colocation and multi-tenant DC providers;
  • 13% Cloud Computing.

But most people agree the digital transformation is producing big movements in DC field. More 67% from owned DC will migrate to the Cloud, and largest organisations are more 10% likely to deploy to the Cloud than the smallest IT groups. And regardless of the type of Cloud model used: public, private or hybrid, it all runs in a DC somewhere…

DataCenter Forum workshops agenda covered solutions presentation for the whole operational spectrum, available for both DC services providers, and for the organisations able to administrate their own infrastructure. Participants had the possibility to evaluate and to discuss directly with specialists in DC management software, uninterruptible power sources, cooling systems, physical security solutions, alternative energy, and fire prevention,  in the special exhibition area from indoor and outdoor.

Data centers are dynamic in nature, making it difficult to manage and maintain an overview of them. Economic pressures drive the need for optimisation of existing capacities.  Solution StruxureWare – Data Center Infrastructure Management presented by Marcis Randa – Software Sales Manager Data Center Software Solutions from Schneider Electric is an integrated suite of DC management software applications that enable businesses to prosper by managing their data centers across multiple domains, providing actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the entire data center life cycle.

Power sources, UPS Batteries and backup solutions are a vital component for DC non-stop availability.  Eneria, a subsidiary of the Monnoyeur Group, is a specialist in power generation and engine systems. As Caterpillar‘s exclusive dealer in Romania, Eneria CAT developed a consistent portfolio of complex projects based on Caterpillar generator sets and engines. In his Bucharest Forum presentation, Mathias Ranson – General Manager Eneria CAT reffered to Caterpillar’s specific power solutions to secure data.

HOPPECKE Batteries is the largest producer of industry battery systems in European ownership. In his DataCenter Forum presentation  Thomas Selzer, Hoppecke Sales Manager BU Reserve Power / Central Europe showed to assistance how to “Be always on the safe side – a practical guide for the correct selection of batteries”.

Riello UPS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of uninterruptible power supplies and standby power systems. As ing. Nicola Caglia presented in the Bucharest DC Forum, Riello UPS is constantly developing next energy solutions that are aimed at increasing power quality, reducing power consumption, increasing efficiency, actively participating in the promotion of sustainability.  Riello UPS invests also in environmentally friendly projects involving the development of new technologies for harvesting clean and renewable energy sources.

LEOCH have gained international recognition since its establishment in 1999, by ensuring uninterrupted and reliable operations in a wide range of critical applications for a broad spectrum of industries, including Telecommunications, Renewable Energy, Material Handling and Logistics, Leisure & Mobility, Transportation, IT, UPS Systems, Power and Distribution. In his keynote named Optimising backup Times through the correct battery selection”, Stathis Babalis – General Manager EMEA at Leoch Europe presented important consideration related to the most efficient backup optimization for DC services providers.

Released as an independent business in 2016 after Platinum Equity has purchased Emerson Network Power, the new brand Vertiv designs, builds and services mission critical technologies that enable vital applications for data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial environments. Liviu Ploesteanu – Vertiv Sales Manager Thermal Management Romania & Moldova presented “High precision cooling systems for DC”.

Toshiba offers a wide range of centralised network control solutions for a diverse range of building environmental management needs, such as remote network control, energy monitoring, report generation, advanced scheduling and others.  In his DC Forum’s speech, Adrian Cucereanu – Prescription Engineer, presented the new families of Toshiba climatization equipment for modern data centers needs.

Nexans supplies a complete range of cables and accessories for telecom and IT infrastructures. In his DataCenter Forum presentation, Silviu Ardeleanu – Business Developing Manager Balkan Area at Nexans recommended some “Smart Choices for Data Centers” based on the digital solution for enterprise DC like LANmark, LANsense, and LANactive.

Company Rittal bundled his innovative products from the areas of enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure into one system platform able to be easily customised. In his speech at DC Forum conference, Marius Totolici- Project Manager IT referred to Rittal solutions for Physical protection of data rooms equipment.

The high value and sensitivity of the electronic equipment found in modern DC, combined with the consequences of system interruption, makes fire protection a critical component of any data centre risk assessment. Mihai Sintie – Business Development Manager at Pyralis Services Romania presented in DC Forum a last-hour technology dedicated to DC operators which are combining the efficiency of the fire suppression based on cleaning agents with the exploitation parameters specific to for fire suppression with inert gases…

Finishing a real one-day marathon of new DC solutions and specific technologies, the Uptime Institute presentation dedicated to “Data Center Management & Operations Best Practice” was a brief introduction in UI standard Tier Classification System as a means to effectively evaluate data center infrastructure in terms of a business’ requirements for system availability. The Tier Classification System provides the data center industry with a consistent method to compare typically unique, customised facilities based on expected site infrastructure performance, or uptime. Furthermore, Tiers enables companies to align their data center infrastructure investment with business goals specific to growth and technology strategies.

To better understand the unique positioning of Uptime Institute’s role in DC management & operations frame, Scott Roots presented the company’s service portfolio including guiding investments, managing risk, prioritising resources, and education services. The main benefits offered by UI Tier Certification are related to risk mitigation and is covering the protection against eventual loss and wackness in infrastructure, ensuring consistent solutions, eliminating the compromises, informing the contractors and the value of money for DC investments. Tier certification is representing also an accomplishment recognition, and a for achievement recognised by data center industry related to competitive differentiation reduced needs for due diligences and improving the intrinsic value of data assets.

Concluding, Data Center Forum is a real value event with a unique position on the Romanian DC market. The value of the event not only consists of the unitary components, which have been selected on the principle of complementarity but by the presence of one of the world’s leading players on the market, providers of technologies and equipment for DC. Congratulations to Tema Energy for the professional organisation of the event.  We look forward to the next edition of the DataCenter Forum 2018!

About Tema Energy

Founded in 2002, Tema Energy is one of the most experienced Data Center and Power Supply system integrators aimed at industrial and critical consumers. Tema Energy’s range of Equipment consists of Generators, UPSs, batteries, VRLA, Rectifiers, as well as other systems integrated into our solutions: Professional climate control, Fire detection and extinguishing, IT Containers, DCIM, etc. During DataCenter Forum 2017, Tema Energy presented valuable solution for Mobile Data Centers, alternative solutions for industrial increased needs for distributed computing resources.

 

Constantly attached to our main goal, to better promote new technologies and their benefits in the context of the digital transformation process, cloud☁mania participated at the DataCenter Forum 2017 as a media partner.

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Primul Catalog de Cloud Hibrid din România disponibil acum și online!

A 6-a ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing Romania, dedicată soluțiilor de Cloud Hibrid, rezultat al bunei colaborări între Agora Group și cloudmania, poate fi citită acum și online. De ce acum un Catalog despre Cloudul Hibrid? Deoarece acum este momentul. Toți analiștii spun că 2017 va fi Anul Cloudului Hibrid în întreaga lume. Rămâne să vedem dacă și în România…

”It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.

It is the one most adaptable to change.”

Charles Darwin

Implementările bazate pe modele hibride de Cloud se bucură de o popularitate în continuă creștere pentru că oferă soluții de compromis, la îndemâna oricărei organizații care știe ce vrea și pe ce poate miza, și nu visează la o teleportare pe o planetă digitală. Căci, vrem nu vrem, ne-am trezit în plină eră în care limbajul universal de business a devenit digital, iar tehnologiile disruptive în frunte cu soluțiile Cloud tind să acapareze orice strategie de dezvoltare. Cei care încă ezită să facă pasul radical către migrarea într-un Cloud public, pot găsi în arhitecturile hibride de Cloud cea mai bună combinație între controlul intern și beneficiile clasice ale mediilor publice.

De la editarea primului nostru Catalog Cloud Computing în ianuarie 2014 implementările bazate pe modelul de Cloud Hibrid au devenit tot mai populare. Cu o platformă hibridă, orice companie poate alege tehnologii on-premises, infrastructuri private de Cloud gestionate sau nu, precum și servicii publice de Cloud de la unul sau mai mulți furnizori va suporta nevoia crescută de procesare în orice moment, de oriunde. Piața de Cloud Hibrid va crește în următorii 3-4 ani ani cu o medie de 22%, iar aproape trei sferturi dintre directorii IT și managerii chestionați de un studiu The Economist Intelligence Unit sunt deja pe cale de a adopta un model de Cloud hibrid.

Iată un sumar al conținutului primului catalog de Cloud hibrid publicat în România:

  • Trăim într-o lume hibridă, contradictorie, dar care evoluează inevitabil spre Cloud – Radu Crahmaliuc (R.C.), cloud☁mania;
  • Tot ce e mai bun din ambele lumi: 25 de întrebări despre Hybrid Cloud – R.C., cloud☁mania;
  • Ce cred specialiștii despre Cloudul hibrid? – R.C., cloud☁mania;
  • Hibridul ca motor al pieței de Cloud din România – R.C., cloud☁mania;
  • Modelul pragmatic IDC pentru abordarea Cloud hibridă – Răzvan Savu, IDC;
  • Cloud-ul hibrid în România – Eugen Schwab-Chesaru, PAC;
  • Cloud hibrid cu ajutorul produselor Cisco și ale serviciilor profesionale Datanet Systems – Datanet Systems;
  • Protejați-vă aplicațiile și datele cu ajutorul soluțiilor de securitate pentru Cloud de la Palo Alto Networks – Palo Alto Networks;
  • Soluții enterprise de Cloud pentru aplicații critice – Dell EMC;
  • eLearning în Cloud sau cum redevenim stăpâni pe timpul nostru – Viorel Jigman, SIVECO Romania;
  • Coperta 2: Servicii NXDATA
  • Coperta 3: SocrateCloud: ERP 7 CRM & BI în Cloud – BIT Software;
  • Coperta 4: GTS Data Center & Cloud (IaaS) – GTS Telecom.

Le mulțumim specialiștilor care ne-au oferit părerile lor: Bernd BECKER – Entrepreneur and Cloud Computing Expert Scout2Cloud Consulting, co-founder and former President EuroCloud Europe, Ron KEREN – IBM Country Leader Romania & Republic of Moldova, Ian MOYSE – #1Global Social Cloud Influencer & Cloud Industry Commentator , Florin ILIA – Președinte și Director General SIVECO Romania, Nicoleta MACOVEI – Executive Director Asseco SEE Europe, Gabriel MARIN – Chief Executive Officer OMNILOGIC, Mihnea MIHĂILESCU – General Manager Ymens și Răzvan STOICA – Chief Executive Officer GTS Telecom.

Le mulțumim, de asemenea și companiilor partenere la acest proiect, care au participat cu informații despre tehnologiile și oferta lor curentă de soluții ce pot fi angrenate într-o structură hibridă: BIT Software, Datanet Systems, Dell EMC, GTS Telecom, IDC Romania, NXDATA, PAC, Palo Alto Networks și SIVECO Romania.

 

 

Transformarea Digitală a României prin Telecomunicații

 

De Ziua Comunicațiilor,  cuvântul de ordine a fost Transformarea Digitală. Pe 25 Aprilie s-a organizat la București un eveniment maraton, atât ca istoric, cât și ca derulare, densitate și diversitate a tematicilor abordate.

O vorbă bună despre organizare

De obicei despre aspectele organizatorice nu se prea vorbește, sau se vorbește și nu prea se scrie. Dar vreau să încep această cronică de eveniment cu asta, pentru ca organizatorii Agnor High Tech și ITS Events Management chiar s-au străduit și overall a fost un eveniment reușit. Numai cei care au făcut și ei astfel de lucruri pot înțelege ce înseamnă reușita unui eveniment de un asemenea calibru. De data aceasta am fost un simplu participant, unul dintre cei 700.

Ce mi-a plăcut la Ziua Comunicațiilor? În primul rând, de mult nu am avut răgazul de a sta la un eveniment de dimineața până seara. În al doilea rând, nu prea am avut timp să mă plictisesc. Chiar m-au interesat subiectele dezbătute în toate sesiunile, am profitat de răgazurile oferite de agendă pentru socializare, m-am întâlnit cu o sumedenie de oameni interesanți, dar și cu ”veterani” ai industriei pe care îi cunosc chiar de dinainte de prima ediție a Zilei Comunicațiilor.

O notă aparte pentru lărgirea tematicii abordate. Față de edițiile anterioare unde – prin natura participanților și a tematicii – se ajungea la o oarecare stereotipie, se cam repetau niște discursuri, prezentatorii erau cam aceiași, organizatorii au optat pentru lărgirea spectrului de subiecte și tehnologii abordate, alocând – pe lângă tradiționalele sesiuni de deschidere și de prezentarea noilor tendințe din telco, spații speciale pentru seminare dedicate tehnologiilor IoT și implicațiile sporite de securitate solicitate de noile amenințări informatice legate de noile modele de business bazate pe Cloud.

Ziua Comunicațiilor după 21 de ani

Eugen Preotu, inițiator și promotor Ziua Comunicațiilor

Mi-aduc foarte bine aminte primele ediții ale Zilei Comunicațiilor din anii 1996-1998, care la vremea aceea se organiza ca un eveniment aparte în cadrul CERF-ului. Cum se poate explica această longevitate? Prin multe eforturi susținute de niște entuziaști, dar mai ales prin determinarea unui om, unui profesionist, unui ”adevărat meseriaș” în domeniul lui: Eugen Preotu, neobositul inițiator și promotor al acestui eveniment expo-conferință, de numele căruia Ziua Comunicațiilor se leagă indisolubil.

Am multe amintiri despre primele ediții și, și mai multe despre o frumoasă colaborare cu domnul Preotu de pe vremea în care o mână de oameni făceam pionierat în jurnalismul IT&C. Scotocind printre amintiri am găsit această declarație care mi separe relevantă pentru vizionarismul care a fost o caracteristică permanentă a evenimentului, preluată ulterior de întreaga presă. ”În 1996 când am conceput și am pus în practică prima ediție, am căutat o denumire care să nu limiteze evenimentul doar la domeniul telco, ci să includă și industria IT către care telecomunicațiile se extindeau tot mai rapid.” Iată un vizionarism care a contribuit la longevitatea evenimentului.

Un singur eveniment din industria de IT&C se mai bucură de o asemenea longevitate: ROCS-ul (Romanian Computer Show) inițiat de IDG Romania și care anul acesta – dacă totul va fi OK – va ajunge la cea de-a 23-a ediție…

O altă noutate organizatorică acestei ediții a Zilei Comunicațiilor a fost delegarea organizării și popularizării evenimentului către un Grup Consultativ format din oameni cu experiență în industrie, lideri de opinie și colaboratori apropiați ai lui Eugen Preotu. Astfel, Diana Voicu – contributor cu experiență în coordonarea Strategiei Naționale privind Agenda Digitală, Dan Georgescu – Președintele AOTR, Yugo Neumorni – Președinte CIO Council Romania și Nicolae Oacă – experimentat analist și consilier în industria telecom au contribuit prin experiența lor la stabilirea principalelor direcții de dezvoltare ale expo-conferintei și la conectarea cu realitățile industriei IT&C locale.

Drumul către o Românie Digitală nu e ușor, dar trebuie parcurs…

Sesiunea de deschidere a conferințelor din cadrul Zilei Comunicațiilor a avut ca de obicei invitați din zona guvernamentală și a organizațiilor ce au în sarcină diferite servicii de reglementare a industriei telco, într-o sesiune care a propus din start invitaților o tematică incomodă: Provocările anului 2017 în transformarea digitală a economiei și a societății.

Reprezentanții acestor instituții prezenți pe podiumul conferinței au fost: Augustin Jianu – Ministrul Comunicațiilor și Societății Informaționale, Șerban Valeca – Ministrul Cercetării și Inovării, Cătălin Marinescu – Președintele ANCOM (Autoritatea Națională pentru Administrare și Reglementare în Comunicații ), iar ca invitat special dr. Robert Pepper – Global Connectivity and Technology Policy la Facebook. Sesiunea a fost moderată de Yugo Neumorni – Președinte  CIO Council România.

Pentru cei de pe podiumul conferinței nu a fost o misiune tocmai ușoară, pentru că marea majoritate a celor prezenți în sală era formată din specialiști cu bogată experiență în proiectele telco sau de informatizare națională, iar întrebările adresate de aceștia n-au fost de loc comode. Concluzia dezbaterilor este că suntem într-adevăr într-o perioadă deosebit de dificilă în care accederea la mult râvnitul statut de țară digitală e deosebit de complicată, cu atât mai mult cu cât indexul european al economiei și societății digitale DESI ne plasează constant pe ultimele poziții în clasamentul statelor membre UE la mai toate categoriile analizate în fiecare an.

Deși poate puțin pesimiste, toate intervențiile ministrului MCSI Augustin Jianu au fost dezarmant de sincere dar și destul de bine argumentate, reflectând conștientizarea celor mai importante probleme, a căror rezolvare se află în linii mari stipulată în programul de guvernare. Din păcate, ceea ce ne face să batem pasul pe loc este abordarea de multe ori greșită a decidenților și o ”ingerință mult prea mare a politicului, pe o zonă care ar trebui sa fie strict tehnică.

Augustin Jianu – Ministrul Comunicațiilor și Societății Informaționale

Eu consider că ar trebui să ne concentrăm eforturile pe zone de prestare a serviciilor. În prezent, în administrația publică centrală și locală exista o infrastructură informatică suficientă pe care o putem folosi pe termen scurt, de maximum 3-5 ani. După această perioadă,  va trebui sa avem însă un sistem prin care să alocăm resursele mai dinamic și să optimizam costurile. De aceea, lucram în cadrul ministerului la o Strategie de servicii electronice și Cloud, pe care o vom finaliza foarte curând și o vom supune dezbaterii. Cloud-ul este o necesitate, nu un scop in sine, si analizam oportunitatea realizării unui parteneriat public-privat in acest sens,” a declarat ministrul Augustin Jianu.

În legătură cu nivelul competențelor digitale ale României, oficialul MCSI a recunoscut faptul că este un domeniu unde înregistrăm întârzieri majore față de restul statelor membre ale UE. „Este o zonă în care statul trebuie să intervină activ și am avut deja discuții cu ministrul Educației pentru un proiect comun de alfabetizare digitală,” a menționat Andrei Jianu.

E clar că statul trebuie să aibă un rol activ, dar nu cred că alfabetizarea digitală este un proces care trebuie început sau făcut numai în școli. E un proces foarte complex, în care trebuie acționat cu egală perseverență și simultan în mai toate zonele critice ale dezvoltării economice și sociale.

Tot atât de clar este faptul că statul va avea nevoie de ajutorul societății și al polilor de influență din industria informatică, rezultatul concret al colaborării dintre aceste entități fiind proiecte și programe concrete de alfabetizare. E un subiect deosebit de fierbinte și de important la care vom reveni cu o dezbatere mai amplă în articolele următoare.

Facebook apreciază disponibilitatea serviciilor Internet din România

dr. Robert Pepper – Head Global Connectivity Policy and Planning la Facebook,

Rezultatele pozitive înregistrate de Romania în domeniul comunicațiilor au fost evidentiate de catre dr. Robert Pepper – Head Global Connectivity Policy and Planning la Facebook, care a prezentat câteva dintre concluziile primei ediții a raportului „Inclusive Internet Index”, care a inclus 75 de țări.

Trebuie să admitem că Romania se clasează peste media mondială în ceea ce privește vitezele medii de upload/ download a conexiunilor mobile și latența acestora, precum și în privința acoperirii rețelelor 2G si 3G. Dar vă aflați sub media europeană ca număr de utilizatori Internet, abonați mobili și acoperire a rețelei 4G. Sunt rezultate care poziționează Romania pe un onorabil loc 13 în clasamentul general al celor 75 de țări, și pe locul 9 în ceea ce privește disponibilitatea serviciilor Internet”, a afirmat Robert Pepper. ”Ca principale zone în care trebuie inițiate eforturi coerente de îmbunătățire ar fi relevanța serviciilor Internet, nivelul de alfabetizare digitală și creșterea volumului de conținut local.”

Cam atât despre actuala ediție a Zilei Comunicațiilor. Toate subiectele fierbinți discutate la eveniment vor fi reluate și analizate în urmăroarele articole. Despre workshopul dedicat de Cloud și securitate cibernetică organizat la Ziua Comunicațiilor vom discuta mai pe larg într-un articol viitor.

 

Welcome to DataCenter Forum 2017, Bucharest, 11th of May

Organised by Tema Energy, DataCenter Forum is the first exclusive event dedicated to professionals from data center area. More than 14 most important players from data center equipment industry will be present in this first edition of  DataCenter Forum hosted by Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Bucharest 11th of May.

The DataCenter Forum is offering to sponsor and participants a +550 sqm exhibition area for indoor and outdoor equipment. Between the Data Center providers which will present in this exhibition area will be  APC by Schneider, Carrier, Caterpillar, Hoppecke, Leoch, Mitsubishi Electric, Nexans, Pyralis, Riello, Rittal, Toshiba, Uniflair, Uniline, and Vertiv.

The Conference sessions Agenda is based on 15 keynotes and workshops dedicated to data center industry landscape, digital transformation trends and how if influencing this the data center evolution, practical guides in equipment selection, DC infrastructure management and operations best practices,  physical protection of data center and data rooms, and backup process optimisation.

One of the most interesting presences in Datacenter Forum event will be Uptime Institute, worldwide recognised authority for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability. Scott  Roots – Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA will sustain for the first time in Romania a conference dedicated to “Digitization & the changing shape of data center”, and a workshop named “Data Center Management & Operations Best Practice“.

Scott Roots – Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA

Uptime Institute created the standard Tier Classification System as a means to effectively evaluate data center infrastructure in terms of a business’ requirements for system availability. The Tier Classification System provides the data center industry with a consistent method to compare typically unique, customised facilities based on expected site infrastructure performance, or uptime. Furthermore, Tiers enables companies to align their data center infrastructure investment with business goals specific to growth and technology strategies.

The Data Center Site Infrastructure Tier Standard: Topology defines the requirements and benefits of four distinct Tier classifications for data center infrastructure. Each Tier aligns with a specific function in the business world and sets the appropriate criteria for power, cooling, maintenance, and capability to withstand a fault. Tiers are progressive; each Tier incorporates the requirements of all the lower Tiers. Additionally, Tiers has been demonstrated as a meaningful industry standard because Tiers allows a variety of solutions, allowing the flexibility to meet both the performance goals and comply with local statutes, codes, and regulations. 

DataCenter Forum will present to the local participant’s solutions for the whole operational spectrum, available for both DC services providers, and for the organisations able to administrate their own infrastructure. Participants will have the possibility to evaluate and to discuss directly with specialists in cooling systems, UPS’, fire prevention, security, backup, data & disaster recovery, communication and networking, monitoring and maintenance, and more.

Tema Energy will present a mobile Data Center developed a proprietary concept and already implemented in some public and private organisations in Romania.  Established in 2002, Tema Energy is the leader in Romania in the Data Center and Power Supply systems turn-key execution. What highly define our company are the management culture and our lasting experience in Integrated Systems and Solutions.

In line with the constant preoccupations to promote new technologies and their benefits in the context of the digital transformation process, cloudmania will have an active presence at the DataCenter Forum 2017, as a media partner.

Join Free admission to DataCenter Forum 2017, hosted on May 11th by Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bucharest, but don’t forget to REGISTER HERE before.

 

 

 

 

iCU’17 – One Belt One Road for Telco Digital Transformation

 

Bucharest hosted between 11th and 12th of April a pioneering event in East Europe, part of an international network of events for key players in telecommunication. The “iCU’17 – One Belt One Road” in Bucharest was the first from a similar series of events which will be hosted by Hong Kong (20-21 June), Frankfurt (5-6 September), and Amsterdam (3-4 October). EuroCloud Romania was part of the event partners, hosting the panel discussion dedicated to the Cloud.

Established in June 2016 in Berlin, iCU Events organise international networking events for key players in telecommunications, including telecoms, datacenters, mobile tech, IoT and digital marketing companies. The Bucharest iCU’17 event main purpose was to offer a neutral networking bridge between East and West, for all telecom operators, wholesale carriers and service providers which buy or sell voice, data, delegate SMS, cloud, peering, data centre, content and other services. More than 300 managers and specialists from 30 countries participated in this event, having as main partners NxtVn (as iCU events global partner), Telekom Romania Wholesale, Telekom Austria Group Wholesale, Turk Telecom, Azertelecom, Microsoft, NLix, NXDATA, EuroCloud Romania, ANISP, ANIS, eco, and AFOR.

The panel discussion proposed by iCU for Bucharest event covered a large spectrum of subject reflecting the large transformation process covering the telecom industry, from the centric role of the customer in banking industry, to the “New silk road from China to Germany”, or “Evolution of fiber optic  cables and networks in Romania” and the new partnership between wholesale and enterprise for changing the business needs. The second-day agenda was opened by the Cloud role in digital transformation, followed by a very interesting panel dedicated to the data centers transformation under the impact of evolving IT architectures, and content, digital media & Cloud providers development. Also interesting was the IoT dedicated panel, where the discussions covered how to build an IoT environment for a smart city project.

A special look to “Cloud – a driver of digital transformation” panel moderated by Elena Zvarici – President EuroCloud Romania, and having as guest representants Adrian Popa – Hosting Data Center Product Manager at Telekom Romania, Daniel Rusen – Cloud & Enterprise Lead at Microsoft Romania, Elena Cartsoiu – COO at 4PSA, and Dan Nechita – former State Counselor in Romanian Government. Cloud Computing is becoming more than a driver for the digital transformation process. Cloud is the main driver in this revolutionary phenomenon.  And there are a lot of arguments able to sustain this.

Focusing on the Cloud transformation role for a country like Romania, all panel participants agreed this transformation process is not easy but should be started with an equal focus on horizontal economic efficiency perspectives, but from big companies, SMB and government also. Microsoft was the first large software provider to launch Cloud solutions in Romania, and Telekom was naturally the first major operator to offer special packages for different business categories, whose diversification package was dictated by the growing demand for cloud services. “We have seen this phenomenon of adopting Cloud solutions as a challenge and we have found that the transition process is not easy. Being a local subsidiary of a large international group, it has been easier for us to adapt to the very specific services of the market From Romania,” said Adrian Popa of Telekom.

Answering to CloudMania’s question about “How do you appreciate the Cloud adoption opening of the Romanian market for Cloud solutions?”, the panel participants admitted that the process was not easy at all, and the essence of transformation depends on the level of customer’s permissibility for digital technologies. “From our experience, the first adopters of the Cloud solutions were those who quickly understood what the benefits are. High-tech companies, followed by banking, were those with more evolved digital skills,” said Daniel Rusen from Microsoft. “In our case also we noticed a step-by-step adoption process. The first companies that have turned to Cloud have migrated their lighter processes first, following an increasingly complex integration as they have achieved the benefits of operational efficiency and cost savings,” said Adrian Popa from Telekom. Dan Nechita, ex-member of the government and initiator of the GovITHub project, explained how difficult it was to approach digital technologies in public services and mentioned the need for continuity of the programs started, especially from the perspective of raising the general level of digital skills, as well as from the perspective of alignment with European legislation.

The conclusion of the discussions in the Cloud Panel was that although we are still in an early stage, in a few years Romania may become a champion of the Cloud services adoption in Central and Eastern Europe.

A special mention for the highly professional organisation of the event by iCU Events, which brought to Romania a new model of valorising local talents and technologies, in conjunction with regional evolutions and trends, in a field characterised by the most dynamic evolution.

Image source: ICU Events

Digitisation is here and is coming with unprecedented challenges for CIOs

More than 200 experts, IT managers and technology leaders gathered this year to the National Conference of IT Managers from Romania to discuss a new vision of the business world in the Digital Age, whose main pillars are Cloud services, new technologies, productivity, mobility, and data analysis.  

Organised by CIO Council Romania and Cariere magazine on 30 March, at Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest, the CIO Council National Conference 2017 was moderated by Yugo Neumorni – President CIO Council Romania and IT Director Hidroelectrica, Carmen Adamescu – Partner, Head of IT Advisory Services at EY Romania and Gianrodolfo Tonielli – Managing Director at Accenture Technology Services in CEE. Great topics contributed to the fifth edition of the conference success, driving the main conference sessions and discussion panels like “Digital Transformation: from technical to business strategies and mindsets Capabilities”, “Cybersecurity. Open SI vs. Secure IT. The Dark Side of the Cloud” or  “Innovation is the sole future of business “.

A digital economy is based first of all on a smart society, focused on people, where business and social revolutions are more than relevant. The everyday impact of technology on people’s lives is not only related to the level of experience. Is related to everyone change. “Digitisation is not a phenomenon of which we speak in the future tense. It is here and comes with unprecedented challenges for CIOs in companies. We are in the digital age, in the era of robots and artificial intelligence, and in the cognitive era,” said Yugo Neumorni, President CIO Council Romania in the Conference opening speech. „Companies, businesses and the whole society turn in a manner difficult to predict in a few years ago. CIOs must be the right hand of executives and should be included on the boards of companies as their role is decisive, both for remodelling business and for prevention and protection against cyber-attacks.”

Every IT professional is interested today in megatrends that dominate business climate. “We must think how to prepare and how to help our customers, looking not only at our industry but also what others do”, said Emin Alper Karacar, Partner at Advisory Services EY Central & Southeast Europe in the first keynote speech from the Conference. Looking to the main IT trends, Marius Antonie – Technology Consulting Manager to Accenture, said “Technology must adapt to our needs, not vice versa. There must be a partnership between us and technology, we must make technology to work for us “. The statement was supported by a robot live demonstration with a machine ready to understand and to execute human commands and to assign a task to other intelligent devices. You can watch the robot demo below.

Looking to the human position in this relationship with intelligent technologies, we have to recognise that disruptive technology put great pressure on people’s position from the current job market. “Surprise, people are the most important. We recognise that technology shapes the world, but the key is still represented by people, what matters most is the man “, highlights Corina Gonteanu Strategic Marketing Director of ManpowerGroup Europe. Cristian Paţachia-Sultanoiu, Development & Innovation Manager at Orange Romania presented the company’s vision on new innovations, with a comprehensive review of the Alba Iulia smart city project, the first big smart city project in Romania, based on public Wi-Fi hotspots with secure Internet access in public areas, public transport smart solution, media and communication platforms and reporting municipality system based on LoRa WAN infrastructure with communicating devices connected to the Internet and public lighting management solutions.

In the security and safety for the digital environment panel Catalina Dodu, Country Manager at Atos IT Solutions and Services Romania pointed out some essential things. “When it comes to cybersecurity, there are two types to organisational: those who have been attacked and those that don’t know they have been attacked. Hacking is no longer the work of a bored teenager; it has become an economy supported by companies and in some cases, state actors,” warned Catalina Dodu.

Foto Credit: CIO Council

The third session of the conference entitled “Innovation Is the Sole Future of Business” was opened by Bogdan Tudor, Vice President CIO Council Romania, CEO of Startech Team, who explained the concept of “Digital Transformation Company for Exponential Growth”. “It’s the best time to work in IT because you are connected to huge opportunities opened by the changes brought by technology. We must take advantage of a world in constant change. Every revolution is a great opportunity … for those who are prepared to take advantage of it,” said Bogdan Tudor.

Dragoş Dincă, IT Director at the Romanian Post tried to offer an answer to sensitive questions: “Will Robots destroy jobs?” “Is Romania ready for such a revolution?” Dragos Dincă believes that will create jobs, but that “we must build a trusted environment, both at the country level and organisational level. In addition, it can provide alternative jobs for those who might lose jobs as a result of automation, using retraining programs.”

Finally, Cristian Cucu, CIO at Romanian Government CIO Office said that the overall situation is delicate and we must look to the CIO from a perspective of Business Intelligence. “CIO’s need to be on the board of management to solve problems and to point out some other things really is a gap, but we must take advantage of the huge accelerator technology.”

Elita managerilor IT din România se reunește pentru a discuta urgențele transformărilor din era digitală

A devenit o tradiție ca în fiecare an asociația CIO Council România să organizeze o conferință națională, în care pe lângă membrii asociației, directori IT din importante companii participă reprezentanți ai comunităților internaționale de business, analiști de piață și reprezentanți media.

Într-o perioadă în care cuvântul de ordine a devenit ”transformă-te ca să reziști în business”, rolul unui director informatic în cadrul oricărei organizații suferă ample mutații. Un manager IT devine dintr-un simplu specialist, coordonator al unui departament tehnic, un adevărat consultant de business și evangelist al tehnologiilor digitale pentru celelalte linii de business.

În acest context, este normal ca anul acesta Conferința națională a managerilor de IT din România să se focalizeze pe  noua misiune a managerilor IT de a facilita transformarea digitală într-un mod cât mai eficient și mai benefic pentru companie. Ediția a V-a a conferinței anuale organizată de CIO Council România și revista Cariere are ca generic: „Digital Era. The urge of business transformation” – A început aventura transformării digitale!” și va avea loc pe 30 martie 2017 la Hotel Radisson Blu din Bucureşti, sala Atlas. Evenimentul va reuni peste 250 de profesionişti şi manageri IT, CIOs şi COOs, oferindu-le acestora o excelentă ocazie de a discuta despre top 3 preocupări majore ale specialiştilor IT: Alinierea (în top în ultimii patru ani), Securitatea (în creştere în ultimii doi ani) şi lipsa de competențe tehnice în Analytics, dezvoltare de software, securitatea informatică și domeniul Cloud.

CIO Council este Asociaţia Directorilor de Tehnologia Informaţiilor şi Comunicaţii din România şi reuneşte peste 80 de membri ce deţin sau au deţinut funcţia de Chief Information Officer/Director IT în mari corporaţii româneşti sau multinaţionale din domenii diverse de activitate.

Ediţia de anul acesta a Conferinței își propune să lanseze dezbaterea despre lumea digitală şi impactul acesteia asupra mediului de business, provocând, alături de cei mai influenţi jucători din piaţă, răspunsuri la marile teme ale momentului:

  • Transformarea digitală: de la capacități tehnice, la strategiile de afaceri și mentalităţi;
  • Viitorul digital al afacerilor: R&D şi design cu ajutorul realităţii augmentate, manufacturare cu ajutorul roboţilor, lanţuri de aprovizionare prin depozitare automatizată, camioane şi drone fără şoferi, vânzări prin e-commerce, self-service şi licitaţii online, marketing prin CRM şi publicitate targetată, având la bază Big Data Analytics, servicii prin e-banking,  comunicaţii mobile, divertisment şi educaţie online;
  • Digital Banking. Suntem pe cale să asistăm la dispariţia băncilor tradiţionale?
  • Noul rol al unui CIO în contextul transformării digitale;
  • Inovaţia și valoarea adăugată pe care aplicațiile digitale inteligente o pot aduce într-un context comercial și social;
  • Forţa de muncă digitală. Suntem pregătiţi să integrăm nou-veniţii în departamentele noastre IT?

Conferinţa va fi moderată de către Yugo Neumorni, Preşedinte CIO Council România şi Director IT&C, Hidroelectrica,  Gianrodolfo Tonielli, Managing Director for Accenture Technology Services in CEE şi Carmen Adamescu, Partner, Head of IT Advisory Services, EY România.

 

Yugo Neumorni, Presedite CIO Council Romania, Image source:CIO Council

 

Economia globală intră într-o nouă eră, Era Digitală, care atrage după sine provocări nemaiîntâlnite pentru companii. Tehnologia creşte în ritm exponenţial şi ne redefineşte lumea cu o viteză incredibilă. Ea ne modifică totodată mediul de afaceri schimbând total felul în care trăim, muncim şi comunicăm. Acum este momentul pentru CIOs şi Directorii IT să preia iniţiativa şi să ofere mediului de afaceri instrumentele de care au nevoie pentru Transformarea Digitală a companiilor,” declară Yugo Neumorni, Președinte CIO Council România. ”Este momentul ca CIO sa iasă din sala serverelor, să ocupe un loc în Board-ul companiior şi să îşi asume adevăratul rol de Chief of Information, care gestionează datele companiei, rolul de evanghelist şi contributor cu rol strategic, vital pentru tehnologizarea şi digitalizarea companiilor. Este timpul nostru”.

 

La ediția din acest an vor mai participa cu prezentări: Cătălina Dodu, Country Manager, Atos IT Solutions and Services România, Cristian Paţachia, Development & Innovation Manager, Orange România, Gianrodolfo Tonielli, Managing Director for Accenture Technology Services in CEE, Marius Antonie, Technology Consulting Manager, Accenture, Emin Alper Karacar, Partner, Advisory Services  EY Central & Southeast Europe IT Advisory Leader, Radivoje Trandafir, Regional Director CEE, Interoute, Dan Gavojdea, Security Regional Sales, Cisco Systems, Codruţ Săvulescu, Chief Solution & Marketing Officer, Huawei România, Bogdan Tudor, Vicepreşedinte, CIO Council România, George Lazăr, Board member, CIO Council România, Eugen Schwab-Cheşaru, Vicepreşedinte – Central & Eastern Europe Operations, Pierre Audoin Consultants – A CXP Group Company, Nikos Sampanis, Country Manager, SE Europe, Forrester şi alţii.

Pentru înregistrare și amănunte despre Agenda conferinței și speakeri accesați pagina oficială a Conferinței:  www.cioconference.ro 

 

CIO Council România vă invită la conferința Digital Era: The Urge of Business Transformation

Era digitală transformă lumea într-un mod imprevizibil şi vine cu provocări fără precedent pentru toate companiile. O nouă realitate se conturează sub ochii noştri, în care instrumentele digitale redefinesc mediul de afaceri şi schimbă complet modul în care lucrăm. Suntem deja într-o nouă eră. 

CIO Council România organizează cea de-a 5-a ediție a Conferinței Naționale a Managerilor de IT, care anul acesta are ca tematică generală amplele transformări de business generate de era digitală.

Conferința  Digital Era: The Urge of Business Transformation va avea loc la data de 30 martie 2017, la hotelul Radisson Blu din Bucureşti

Trăim în plină era atransformărilor digitale care aduc mutații esențiale în procesele de business. Managerii de IT sunt confruntați cu o serie de noi provocări, care schimbă total perspectiva abordării strategiilor de dezvoltare a sistemelor IT de companie, dar și rolul specialiștilor IT. În noua eră digitală directorii IT devin adevărați consultanți tehnologici, cu rol major pentru tranformarea de business a organizației și în strânsă colaborare cu toate liniile de business.

Este firesc deci ca cea de-a 5-a ediţie a Conferinţei Naţionale a managerilor IT din România să propună anul acesta o amplă dezbatere despre lumea digitală şi impactul acesteia asupra mediului de business, provocând, alături de cei mai influenţi jucători din piaţă, răspunsuri la marile provocări pe care le determină procesul de transformare:

  • Transformarea digitală: de la capacităţi tehnice, la strategii de afaceri şi mentalităţi;
  • Viitorul digital al afacerilor: R&D şi design cu ajutorul realităţii augmentate, manufacturare cu ajutorul roboţilor, lanţuri de aprovizionare prin depozitare automatizată, camioane şi drone fără şoferi, self-service şi licitaţii online, marketing prin CRM şi Big Data Analytics, servicii prin e-banking, divertisment şi educatie online;
  • Noul rol al unui CIO în contextul transformării digitale;

Mai multe informaţii despre speakeri, agenda şi înregistrare puteţi găsi pe site-ul evenimentului: www.cioconference.ro .

Confirmările de participare sunt așteptate până la data de 22 martie 2017.

 

Are you ready for Romanian IT&C Directory 2017?

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Today you still can register for the 17th edition of Romanian IT&C Directory, a reflection of the local market realities and perspectives.

From 17 years Romanian IT&C Directory is the ambassador of the Romanian IT&C industry to CeBIT and other important international fairs. This Directory’s edition has as main topic Digital Transformation: Technology with NO Limits!

As is better-known CeBIT is the biggest IT industry of the year, becoming “Global Event for Digital Business”. From several decades digital technologies are playing a key role in boosting the efficiency of engineering and production processes. But digital transformation is revolutionizing now conventional business models, disrupting supply channel and generating new business models. Digitalization is changing the rules of the game. The digital economy carries the promise of unlimited opportunities. This is the reason the main logo of CeBIT 2017 is “d!conomy – no limits”.

banner-rid-300x250px-01-01Digital economy is here, is happening now, and is part of a deep transformation of everything. Actual edition of the Directory is focusing on these realities, focusing on few main subjects like:

  • Overview of Romanian IT&C market: interest poles, main innovation and economic trends
  • Which is the point of view of the local market actors?
  • 5 sections and trends: Cloud, Data Security, Big Data, Communications & Transportation, and Mobility;
  • Exhaustive catalogue of IT&C Romanian companies;
  • Legal, regulations, and other useful info related to local market.

For more details and Directory Registration just follow the link: http://www.ibusiness.com.ro/2017/01/16/romanian-itc-directory-rid-2017-editia-a-xvii-a/

Or call me to put in contact with the Romanian IT&C Directory 2017 editors.

Evenimentul săptămânii: Conferința MK4IT e gata de start

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Cu doar câteva zile înainte de data desfășurării conferinței MK4IT, organizatorii anunță cele mai noi atracții: trei noi speackeri, bonusuri, concursuri și zone speciale.

Aflată la a doua ediție, Marketing 4 IT este sigura conferință de marketing și comunicare din România dedicată industriei de IT. Evenimentul care se va desfășura pe data de 23 februarie la Impact Hub Cluj-Napoca este structurat pe 2 panel-uri (Employer Branding și Product Marketing), o sesiune principală, 7 workshop-uri și trei zone speciale.

Cele mai noi nume anunțate pe lista celor 15 speakeri sunt: Dragoș Gheban – Managing Partner Catalyst Solutions, Laura Bîrhală de la Thinslices și Alexandru Roja – director executiv Startup Transilvania.  Dragoș Gheban va susține un workshop în care va prezenta canalele folosite de profesioniștii IT&C atunci când caută un loc de muncă, criteriile pe care le folosesc când aleg cel mai iubit angajator, care sunt cei mai doriți angajatorii IT&C din Cluj-Napoca și care sunt angajatorii IT&C pe care majoritatea îi asociază cu salarii mari, un mediu de lucru plăcut și oportunități de dezvoltare. La workshopul coordonat de Laura Bîrhală se va discuta despre cultura organizațională orientată spre învățare și brandul de angajator al companiilor. La rândul lui, Alexandru Roja, va fi prezent la panelul de Product Marketing cu o trecere în revistă a companiilor de IT din România.

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Images source: loopaa.ro

În pauzele evenimentului participanții vor putea vizita trei zone special amenajate, unde vor intra în contact cu profesioniști din diverse domenii. Astfel, în zona intitulată “Sit down with the professionals”, cei pasionați de marketing vor putea discuta Victor Gavronschi – CEO al agenției Loopaa care organizează evenimentul. Zona “Arts you can master” este gândită ca un spațiu dedicat creativității, iar “It’s time for an upgrade” va fi un spațiu special de relaxare, fotografiere în standul Cheerup și de informare despre sistemele online de motivare a angajaților.

Prin întreaga serie de prezentări inedite, workshopuri, spații cu tematici speciale, bonusuri și premii dedicate, organizatorii și-au propus să creeze un eveniment în care participanții să poată comunica și interacționa cât mai divers și mai natural cu specialiștii în marketing și resurse umane.

Doritorii se pot încă înregistra pe site-ul conferinței: mk4it.loopaa.ro

With Wand.education Learning Becomes Magic

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One of the most interesting eLearning solution presented last week at BETT 2017 was Wand.education, an intuitive Web-based content creation platform dedicated to the intelligent learning process.

Launched in December 2016 by SIVECO Belgium Sprl – the local branch of SIVECO Romania in Brussels, Wand.education is one of most intuitive learning content creation platform ready to be used by a simple Web browser by any teacher who wants to develop interactive lessons in very short time.

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Image Source: Radu Jugureanu, Senior Expert Wand.education

This January, Wand.education participated with a special booth and a lot of demo sessions in BETT 2017  (British Education and Training Technology) exhibition (24-28 January, London ExCel), being well received by the interested visitors. With 900 exhibitors and more than 34,000 visitors from 138 countries, BETT is recognised as world’s largest education event. BETT mission is to create a better future for transforming education, by bringing together people, ideas, practices and technologies so that educators and learners can fulfil their potential.

BETT 2017 is over but the education revolution is just beginning. The learning workflow from the school’s education should make the big step from the industrial age to the digital age. eLearning process should be easy and inexpensive for teachers because they already use digital technology, interactive whiteboards and online tools in the classrooms.

But what is Wand.education and why are so important these smart content platforms for the teaching and learning process? Wand.education is a content creation platform that facilitates to teachers extremely quick creation of better interactive lessons. Wand.education is more than a digital book or a multimedia presentation. Teachers can very easy create interactive and appealing presentations, including galleries, animations, labels, mind-maps, hot-spots, crosswords or flashcards. More that, the platform integrated more developed facilities like assessments and learning games.

Wand.education integrates a multimedia library, containing illustrations, videos, audios and 3D objects ready for use. By a simple click, the teachers can provide assignments to their students and monitor learning progress using smart reports that provide them with actionable data. More that, being a Web application platform, Wand.education is compatible with any digital device and very easy to assimilate in the existing school’s infrastructure.

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Image Source: Wand.education

By using Wand.education, teachers can create:

  • Presentations: Aggregate information and present it in a more structured and appealing way using galleries, labels, mind maps, flashcards.
  • Assessments: Correct misconceptions, reinforce key knowledge, measure progress and drive continuous learning using image-matching, ranking, hot-spots, sentence sequencing or fill in.
  • Learning Games: Make learning more fun and maintain students’ attention using jigsaw puzzles, trivia, or crosswords.

But how could be integrated existing lessons and courses on the new platform? A key feature of Wand.education and a big facility for teachers is the possibility to import existing slides with pptx presentations.

Need teachers a special training to learn how to use Wand.education? The platform is very easy to learn and to use, having more than 15 ready-made templates, designed to facilitate the learning experience.

How affordable is the platform for teachers’ budget? Wand.education is available in multiple subscription versions, designed for different users’ needs. Signing up for free Wand Create account, any teacher can have immediate access to 512 Mb Storage, 15+ Templates, Student Groups, Multimedia Library, Lesson Repository and Student Analytics Reports. Individual teachers and schools could have access to Wand Inspire and Wand School pay per year subscription accounts that allow the access to extended resources able to easily build, share and make use of more interactive lessons, providing personal workplace management, access to advanced analytics, and helpdesk technical support.

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Image Source: Radu Jugureanu, Senior Expert Wand.education

„eLearning has promised for years to actively change the face of school education but we believe it is just beginning to deliver on the promise. Wand.education enables a 360º approach to education in schools, putting together all key actors: teachers, students, parents and decision-makers, into a continuum learning process without physical borders,” says Prof. Radu Jugureanu, senior expert Wand.education

According to professional researchers, over 95% of teachers are creating their own digital lessons. Teachers need full flexibility when it comes to digital lessons, tailoring learning content for their students’ needs, constantly improving learning activities and catering for different student abilities. By consulting with innovative and successful teachers, administrators, education trainers, and technology officers, Wand.education was designed to simplify the delivery of educational content.

 

“Slideshows, crosswords, hotspot and sorting activities & assessments. This Wand.education platform proving impressive. Nice on iPad too.” Mark Robinson, Teacher Consultant UK

The application also supports educators to develop formative assessments activities, correcting misconceptions and reinforcing key knowledge. As a result, teachers not only can improve their instruction but help their students how to learn more effectively. Students are encouraged to explore through interactive presentations, games and assessments, while teachers add the creative spark that inspires their curious minds.

Teachers are not mere consumers of digital resources, they are co-authors and they want to create their own digital lessons, tailored to their students’ needs. With Wand.education™ we believe that we have developed a platform that will enable teachers to create meaningful and authentic learning experiences in a matter of minutes”, says Marius PRODANA, Wand.education Product Manager.

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Image Source: Radu Jugureanu, Senior Expert Wand.education

Want.education was presented also in the International conference eduVision 2020, one of the special events organised in London during BETT 2017, part of the Education World Forum. During the conference, Dan BUCKLEY – CEO at South East Cornwall Multi Academy Regional Trust presented the first experiences made with Wand.education in English schools and which is the impact of eLearning platform in the digital transformation of the traditional teaching and learning processes. “I was impressed by the range of tools on offer and the ease with which I could work out how to use them intuitively,” says Dan BUCKLEY.

eLearning should be accessible to every teacher in the world. Guided by this philosophy, the team of experts enrolled in eduVision 2020 has created a basic version of the eLearning platform that is free. Today, eLearning breaks down barriers. The open education resources encourage and enable sharing free content while leading to social empowerment of millions of people around the world. Starting from this vision, Wand.education promise is to provide teachers, through an intuitive and accessible platform, full support for developing a quality interactive educational content in a simple easy way.

“Improving the performance of current systems is not enough. Far-reaching innovation is needed to equip young people with the new knowledge and skills they need for the new economy, to provide education to millions of more children effectively and efficiently, and to take advantage of new technology and a new understanding of how children learn. Leaders must foster innovation across education systems by creating an environment in which innovation can emerge and scale, and by prioritising innovation in three key areas identified as critical for future success: the education workforce, the use of technology, and the role of non-state partners.”

The Learning Generation: Investing in education for a changing word – The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity

Welcome to Marketing for IT 2017!

 

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The second edition of Marketing for IT (Mk 4 IT) organised by Loopaa marketing agency in 23 rd of February, will be hosted by Impact Hub from Cluj-Napoca.

Organised for the first time in 2016, Marketing for IT  is the first marketing event 100% dedicated to the IT community. Conceived as a one-day event, the conference will bring together marketing and HR specialists from Romanian IT companies and the entrepreneurs working in this industry.

Starting from the facts IT is one of the most dynamic and competitive industry in this moment, offering a wide area of professional experiences, the organisers proposed for this second edition as conference headline: “Employer Branding & Product Marketing, Arts You Can Master”. IT industry is one of the top employment fields today and technical creativity should be a must in order to achieve and to stay on the top.

Proposing this conference covering the topic, MK 4 IT organisers want to offer to the marketers all necessary knowledge and essential tools to help them to win the game. After an opening keynote session, this year event will be split into two panels, one focused on the challenges and the opportunities brought by Employer Branding and the other on best Product Marketing practices.

Are you a marketing professional from IT industry? Register to Mk 4 IT and you will have the possibility to meet marketing and HR specialists from leading IT companies. Participate in the conference and you will have the opportunity to know which are the most innovative trends, strategies and digital tools that can help you to better promote your brands and solutions.

 

Register HERE !

Freight Monitoring, Industry 4.0 and Smart Grids: Main Drivers for EMEA’s IoT Spending until 2020

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A few days ago I had the opportunity to participate in a very interesting Webinar organised by IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis Group having as topic the evolution on worldwide IoT market spending.

What is impressive to Internet of Thinks market, comparing with other IT areas, is his extraordinary dynamicity. Everybody see in IoT a huge development potential based on diversity of technologies and large applicability ability. Practically every industry vertical is ready to adopt a wide spectrum of technologies. Starting from everything can be connected and everything could be smart, to the opportunity of intelligent analysis of huge amount of data, until the best BI and predictive tools to put in value the golden core of information and knowledge, every business and industrial process could be improved. Our lives could be improved. Citizen’s lives could be improved…

But who is generating this spectacular development of the market? The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a simple trend or a huge opportunity.  IoT market is a complex ecosystem with multiple specialisations and thousands of players, including sensors device vendors, IoT infrastructure providers, software developers, and Cloud services providers. For the enterprise ecosystem, IoT is also representing the interference between Business, Operations, and Information Technology levels.

Deserving such impressive potential and diversity, the new IoT concepts started to be developed. In an IDC’s definition, Internet of Things is “a network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or things) that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity (…) locally or globally”. Starting from the market development perspectives, IDC specialists are trying to better understand the IoT phenomena, being involved in a large spectrum of studies and researches covering worldwide, regional and ecosystem technology breakouts forecasts, various analysis of technology components and regular executive surveys related to IoT adoption, preferences, and platform deployments.

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IDC’s “Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide” provides guidance on the expected technology opportunity around this market at a regional and total worldwide level. Segmented by industry, use case, and technology component, this guide provides IT vendors with insights into this rapidly growing market and how the market will develop over the coming year. During the “Worldwide IoT Spending Guide Review” webinar from January 11, IDC’s specialists from Customer Insight and Analysis Group discussed IoT adoption and emerging use cases, presented worldwide and regional market snapshots, and the newest research conclusions.

The market figures are impressive. According to IDC, until 2020 the worldwide Internet of Things market will grow to almost $1.3 trillion, 70% of spending will be net new, and the installed base of consumer IoT devices will exceed the installed base of smartphones and tablets combined.

Focusing on the European market evolution related to IoT platform adoption, interesting is two different surveys covering Western Europe and Central East Europe revealed almost similar results: 25% of Western European and CEE Enterprises will adopt or expand IoT technology in the next year. The big surprise is more than 20% organisations from Western Europe and 15% from CEE are already using IoT components but aren’t interested in more development…

Looking to vertical forecasts, IDC studies reveal that the worldwide top ten fastest growth use cases are more aligned to consumer spending than enterprise… In store contextual marketing, smart homes, connected vehicles, and personal wellness are the areas with the biggest average rate development in 2015-2020 period. IoT investments will reach $1.29 trillion in 2020. With more than 37.6% of this pie, Asia Pacific area leads the regional spending forecast, followed by North America, Latin America, West Europe (19.6%), Japan, and CEMA (2.5%) {1}.

Other important evidence revealed by the studies is asset-intensive industries drive the global major shares of IoT forecast spending. The top three vertical and associated industries spending in 2020 will be manufacturing (with 22% shares), cross industries (12%), and transportation (10%):

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  • Food Traceability
  • Maintenance & Field Service
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Production Asset Management
  1. Cross Industries (12 %)
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Smart Buildings
  • Staff Identification

 Transportation (10%)

  • Air Traffic Monitoring
  • Fleet Management
  • Freight Monitoring

From technologies perspective, software and services gain in technology spending share, comparing with hardware and connectivity – affected by device diversity and cost reductions, despite the essential roles of IoT receptors and mobile communication.

Looking to our region, IDC research identifies the same development trends estimated in previous studies, with a projection of 1.4 Billion connected things by 2020, and a CEE IoT market opportunity of 24 Billion dollars. Despite de name associated with the Internet, IoT is more than a simple connectivity. Any IoT system is a conglomerate between devices, platforms, applications and services enabling enable a world of connected things {2}

Concentrating on EMEA area, the IoT use cases receiving the greatest levels of investment from CEE organisations across these three industry segments are:

  • Freight Monitoring— leading IoT spending in EMEA, is using RFID, GPS, GPRS, and GIS technologies to create monitoring systems based on intelligent recognition, location, tracking, and real-time communications via wireless, satellite or other channels.
  • Manufacturing Operations— fuelled by German Industry 4.0 initiative, are supporting digital manufacturing technologies using intelligent and interconnected tools (sensors, actuators, drives, vision/video equipment) to enable the different components from manufacturing process  (machine tools, robots, industrial process equipment) to autonomously exchange information, trigger actions, and control each other independently.
  • Smart Grid– where smart field devices owned by the utility companies are used to control and optimise power, water and other resources flow to assure efficient, safe, and reliable service. Utility-owned, in-home devices could be included in this category when are used for grid operations.
  • Smart Buildings and Connected Vehicles are other important investment areas in the near future

idc-milan-statement“The Internet of Things is one of a handful of technology areas that are set to drive IT growth and innovation in the coming decade, and it both enables and is fueled by digital transformation,” appreciate  Milan Kalal, program manager of Internet of Things research with IDC CEMA. “The IoT market is driven by companies’ focus on business optimisation and productivity, the increasing attention to customer experience, and the growing availability of technologies, while security concerns and budget constraints inhibit adoption” {3}

The IoT use cases that will experience the greatest revenue growth over the 2016-2020 forecast period are smart buildings, smart grid (gas), insurance telematics, and connected vehicles. In addition, eight other IoT use cases will see revenue growth of more than 100% during this time.

“Companies will spend large amounts on IoT solutions, and the market potential is significant for vendors that have the right capabilities and understand how to position themselves in the emerging ecosystems,” says Kalal. “IoT adoption and use cases strongly vary across industry sectors, with flourishing opportunities both on the business and consumer sides. There has been an explosion of industry-specific pilots in the past months — the next steps now for adopters is understanding how to make IoT have a deeper impact on their business activities and extrapolating bang for the buck from their IoT investments.” {3}

IoT Market Expectation in CEE – by 2019

  • 25 Billion – the number of fibre connections
  • 25 Million – annual spending on connected vehicles
  • 42 Million – annual in-store offer revenue
  • 65 Million – annual omnichannel revenue
  • 19 Million – annual telehealth systems revenue
  • 49 Million – annual smartphone shipments

 Source: The Future of Connected Life in CEE, IDC April 2016 {4}

References

{1} Marcus Torchia (IDC US), Nigel Wallis (IDC Canada), Andrea Siviero (IDC West Europe), and Milan Kalal (IDC CEMA) – “Worldwide IoT Spending Guide Review”, IDC Webinar, January 11, 2017

{2} Milan Kalal – “Capturing the IoT Opportunity”, IDC IoT Forum, Bucharest, November 24, 2016

{3} Milan Kalal – “The Internet of Things in Central and Eastern Europe – Driving Change, Bringing Opportunity”, IDC CEMA Article, September 2016

{4} Radu Crahmaliuc – “IDC IoT Forum Bucharest 2016: Transforming Business and Improving Citizen’s Lives”, cloud☁mania, December 12, 2016

Top cloud☁mania Articles in 2016

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Let’s put end to 2016 activities and go to a better new year with best results!

We end 2016, the fourth in the existence of cloud☁mania, with a review of most appreciated articles in 2016.

It was a full 2016 year, with 85 published articles related to Cloud events, special projects, EuroCloud Award, business analysis and technology trends.

As usual in the last days of the year, we have selected the most read articles on two categories: English and Romanian.

CCC4 CoverTop 10 English Articles:

  1. First IoT Catalog in Romania
  2. 10 Titles for an IoT Books Library
  3. Are We Smart Enough for the Future Smart Communities?
  4. IDC IT Security Roadshow Reaching the New Frontiers in Data Protection 
  5. IDC IoT Forum Bucharest 2016 Transforming Business and Improving Citizens Lives
  6. Romanian Winners of EuroCloud Award 2016
  7. Big Data – Analytics – Cloud: A Triad Profitability
  8. Oracle Pushes Cloud Adoption in Romania
  9. Bucharest Will Be the Europen Capital of the Cloud
  10. How IDC Sustains CIOs in Digita Transformation Process

 

Top 10 Romanian Articles:

  1. digital 4A aparut Catalogul Cloud Computing Romania, Editie Speciala IoT/ Catalog Cloud Computing Special Edition IoT is Here!
  2. SimScale Platforma de simulare 3D dezvoltata 100% in Cloud / SimScale 3D Simuation Platform 100% Developed in the Cloud
  3. Puterea analitica a sistemelor Fog Computing / Analytic Power of Fog Computing Systems
  4. Sigur ca avem nevoie de alfabetizare digitala!/ It’s Sure We Need Digital Alphabetization
  5. Suntem destul de inteligenti pentru viitoarele Smart Cities? / Are We Smart Enough for the Next Smart Cities?
  6. Romania nu a iesit din criza de inovatie/ Romania didn’t Pass The Innovation Crysis
  7. De unde au aparut furnizorii IoT?/ Where IoT Providers are Coming from?
  8. “Pe bune” despre transformarea digitala a Romaniei/ Honesty Speaking about Romanian Digital Transformation
  9. De ce e mi bun softul in Cloud?/ Why Cloud Software is Better: 10+1 Arguments
  10. Profitabilitate la puterea a 3-a/ Third’s Power of Profitability

Let’s see you in 2017!

A better year for Cloud!

EUROCLOUD WINNING SOLUTIONS IN BEST CLOUD SOLUTIONS PROVIDED BY START-UPS

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EuroCloud Award 2016 Gala, Winners of the Start-ups Section. Image cloud☁mania

Let’s continue the review of finalist solutions of EuroCloud Award 2016, with short descriptions of the Cloud solutions participating in the Best Cloud Solutions offered by start-up CSPs.

Start-up’s driving role in Cloud industry

The small companies were always the pioneers of Cloud technologies. The big Cloud players from today have contributed to Cloud market consolidation as startup companies. A small company is from many points of views more open for the fast transformation. Beginning with particular solutions addressing one or more market niche, the SMB Cloud providers are coming to cover many enterprise industries, offering solutions based on the last tools and technologies.

During EuroCLoud Awards competition, the European startup companies were very active, coming with solutions with a wide spectrum of applicability.  This was the reason EuroCloud Europe Council established a special award category, dedicated to startups company. From one year to other, more and more European SMB cloud providers are registering her offers in the European Contest.

Here is the podium of the Best Cloud Services provided by Start-Ups

 ⇒ Winner:

Medius CloudSE (Cloud Secure Element), from Medius d.o.o (Slovenia)

⇒ Finalists:

Cloud Bursting like business “The new Cloud Generation” from TodoenCloud (Spain)

GR8PI platform from Great People Inside (Romania)

 

Winner: Medius CloudSE (Cloud Secure Element) provided by Medius d.o.o. (Slovenia)

Medius Java Middleware and Application Integration Inc. is a software engineering company specialised in development, design, implementation and integration of the most complex enterprise IT solutions.

Medius CloudSE is an open API architecture that implements CIPURSETM and EMVCo specification as a cloud-based Secure Element (SE). A secure element (SE) is a tamper-resistant platform (typically a one chip secure microcontroller) capable of securely hosting applications and their confidential and cryptographic data. With the introduction of HCE (Host Card Emulation) technology and with the use of the Medius CloudSE exposed API, 3rd party developers and service providers can now emulate the behaviour of traditional tamper-resistant smart cards with an Android device. The whole solution is independent of third parties SE issues, such as carriers and device manufacturers and does not require any physical upgrade of the existing ticket validation infrastructure.

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The main functionality of such cloud solution is to perform secure transactions with the mobile device instead of the plastic smart card. But this is not what generates the added value. By replacing the plastic smart card service providers can now achieve 24/7 interaction with the user and push the user engagement to a higher level. By monitoring the behaviour of the users they are able to pinpoint the key factors to enhance end user service of their clients.

Medius CloudSE benefits are:

– providing mobile ticketing alongside classical contactless smart card without changes on existing validation infrastructure;

– easy to use API for embedding mobile ticketing functionality to a 3rd party Android application;

– independent from SE issues (phone manufacturers, MNOs, TSMs);

– suitable for all NFC android 4.+ devices;

– allows an unlimited number of coexisting service providers and operators;

– API for card/ticket management;

– additional functionalities (ticket vending, browsing,).

CloudSE can be used wherever there is a need for a secure storage of personal data on the mobile device which is used on the contactless infrastructure (POS terminals/validators).

CloudSE perfectly fits the field of an NFC banking ecosystem and others such as digital ticketing, loyalty access control, identification, etc. where currently we are facing extensive use of contactless plastic smart cards. Smart cards can with the use of CloudSE be easily replaced by the virtual card instances stored in the cloud.

 

Finalists: Cloud Bursting like business “The new Cloud Generation” provided by Todo En Cloud (Spain)

Todo En Cloud SL is a Spanish Cloud Service Provider which think the Cloud must be democratised and should be as simple as possible, where the language spoken is the business application language and not the cloud resources on which it is based. To sustain this philosophy the company moved all his know-how and Cloud technology experience in the customer’s IT departments.

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Todo En Cloud is offering a large spectrum of Cloud services:

  • Cloud Architecture as a Service
  • Public/Hybrid/Private Cloud Services
  • Federated Cloud and Cloud Bursting Services
  • CTOaaS (CTO as a Service)
  • Disaster Recovery Plan services and backup services

The Cloud Bursting Service is unique in the market and responds to the requests of more than 65% of cloud customers that needs this feature: the power to expand their Cloud infrastructure across multiple Cloud providers and to combine and manage it from a single console. This feature ensures the scalability of the Cloud provider and allows the customer to meet the demands of their applications: by expanding cloud infrastructure across multiple Cloud providers, we cover the geographical scattering demand required for global businesses and we reduce latency dramatically.

The single console allows customers to view their global cloud infrastructure from a single site, simplifying its management and enabling reactive programming to events. This will also save important costs and reduces resource consumption. The Cloud Bursting Service is a complete and safe solution that allows the customers to deploy projects anywhere in the world without architecture or management problems.

Cloud Bursting combines capacity with a global infrastructure management, allowing the extension of the Cloud infrastructure across multiple Cloud providers, offering the customer the opportunity of surviving a failure of the main Cloud provider by deploying the infrastructure on several Cloud providers at the same time.

Furthermore, Cloud Bursting provides transparent data migration and cloud interoperability without obstacles, a features unique in the market, which generates security and confidence from a customer perspective.

Finalist: GR8PI platform from Great People Inside (Romania)

The Great People Inside concept is developed by an International consortium of assessment and recruitment experts holding decades of collective experience and know-how in this, and related areas like coaching, performance optimisation etc. They realised that the present and traditional way of attracting, assessing, selecting, developing and maintaining workforces on a global level, and more or less on all parameters, no longer meet the needs and requirements of modern companies and organisations.

GR8PI is a people intelligence platform helping organisations, institutions and individuals to take optimum decisions based on full people potential. The solution is a valuable human potential tool enabling the optimum selection of the desired people who effectively fit the job requests and the organisation culture, providing a professional assessment of employees’ engagement level, establishing the key drivers, and validating the talent pool development.

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The GR8PI platform impacts much more than just the recruitment market and much more than just the Romanian and European markets! As the demand for qualified workforce becomes bigger and bigger in most regions, the need for attracting and maintaining the right people is rapidly growing. Recruitment will always be paramount, but the ability to develop and maintain the existing workforce is at least as important as qualified candidates become a rare resource.

The GR8PI service empowers companies and organisations to embrace and manage the complete life cycle of each and every employee, securing optimum results for both employee and employer. And from a business model perspective, the GR8PI service is almost revolutionary – it makes high-end HR tools and services available, and affordable to everyone while at the same time offering tool-level customisation in a scale never seen before.

Great People Inside considers GR8PI Cloud-based platform as the first truly customisable People Intelligence and assessment solution in the world, including assessments and Talent Management solutions, adapting to specific requirements of any company or organisation. According to the provider, with GR8PI platform, the client has the freedom to customise, brand or even create his own assessments and reports, which better fit organisation’s culture and competency vectors.

The platform is currently available in 15 languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek,
Romanian, German and French, with expansion perspectives in over 30 countries.

Part of the seventh annual EuroCloud Europe Forum from Bucharest, EuroCloud Award 2016 gala hosted on October 5th by Regina Maria Saloon in Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest, was the special moment of the announcement of best European Cloud services.

IDC IoT Forum Bucharest 2016: Transforming Business and Improving Citizen’s Lives.

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The second IDC’s IoT Forum in Romania was a successful reflexion of the innovation adoption opportunity momentum. The interest for the discussed topics and the participants’ level demonstrate a real growing of maturity for the local Internet of Thing industry. The demand for innovative technologies is real. The figures are clear.

According to IDC, approximately 11 billion devices are connected to the internet around the globe today, with this number expected to increase to 30 billion by 2020, and to 80 billion by 2025. Ten years from now, 152,000 new devices will be connected every minute. The worldwide expected market size will be more than $1.5 trillion in 2020.

But who is generating this spectacular development of the market? The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a simple trend or a huge opportunity.  IoT market is a complex ecosystem with multiple specialisations and thousands of players, including sensors device vendors, IoT infrastructure providers, software developers, and Cloud services providers. For the enterprise ecosystem, IoT is also representing the interference between Business, Operations, and Information Technology levels.

Looking to our region, IDC research identifies the same development trends estimated in previous studies, with a projection of 1.4 Billion connected things by 2020, and a CEE IoT market opportunity of 24 Billion dollars. Despite de name associated with the Internet, IoT is more than a simple connectivity. Any IoT system is a conglomerate between devices, platforms, applications and services enabling enable a world of connected things.

But which are the IoT market development drivers in CEE? Like in other regions the most dynamic industries are transportations & logistics, manufacturing and utilities. In a “Use cases leading the IoT market in CEE”, IDC identify as top 5 verticals according to market investment: Freight Monitoring, Manufacturing Operations, Smart Grid, Production Asset Management, and Smart Home. Smart transportation and personal healthcare are two area with most dynamic development also. IDC identified as industries with highest development rate:  Intelligent Transportation, Connected Vehicles, and Personal Wellness.

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Like in the first edition of IDC IoT Forum in 2016, this year the value of the event was also reflected by the value of the vendors coming in Bucharest to show their IoT solution proposals. Each participant vendor is coming from a different area and covered different IoT specialisation. So the keynote presentation was sustained by Vodafone, Veeam, BearingPoint and Philips Lighting.

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One year ago Vodafone announced in Romania the availability of his new business connectivity solutions offered under the Industry 4.0 umbrella.  In his IDC IoT Forum speech Marius Coman – IoT Country Sale Manager at Vodafone Romania presented Vodafone’s tailored services from Industry 4.0 offers, ranging from Connected Cabinets, Video Surveillance, and Digital Media Signage until to Fleet Management & Mobile Asset Tracking.

 

 

Very interesting was the presence of BearingPoint, company specialised in business and technology consultancy services, marking a first public apparition during an IT event in Romania. BearingPoint IoT services offering is based on the deep understanding of the challenges in all industries. BearingPoint Smart Factory and Internet of Things Lab brings about Industry 4.0 through sensor technology, machine-to-machine communication and the integration of PLM, CRM and ERP systems to create extensive technical know-how. Complex project experience in the implementation of smart products allow BearingPoint to offer smart value-added Internet of Things services like Predictive Management solutions in manufacturing, connected cars, and Smart City (smart traffic, air quality control, smart parking, smart lighting, smart energy, etc.)

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Coming from the virtualization technologies, Veeam is one of the IT industry players with fast growing on the market. Veeam Availability Suite combines the industry-leading backup, restore and replication capabilities with the advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning functionality. Veeam Availability Suite delivers all necessary to reliably ensure and manage any virtual environment, providing a high availability data centre which benefit of high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data, and complete visibility.

IoT systems security is one of the most controversial subjects of the moment, considered by many analysts as one of the main inhibitors in the large adoption of IoT technologies. In this context was a very good option for the organisers to introduce IoT security issues in the agenda. In his presentation dedicated to “High-Profile Cyber Attacks – a Wake-Up Call for IoT Security”, Alexei Proskura – Program Director Security at IDC CEE. Comparing other new technologies areas, IoT systems are particularly more difficult to manage security issues due to large numbers of components: sensors, appliances and connecting devices, infrastructure platforms, application and services. Separated and integrated security systems should cover a large diversity of vulnerability areas, from system and OS integrity, to boot process, communication, software updates, authentication procedures, audit and accountability, until cryptographic elements generation, data and lifecycle management.

idc-iot-foto-1Security should solve problems coming from data collection systems, physical threats, external information exposure and data profiling. Any efficient IoT system should include elementary functions to reduce attack risk surface, to retain hardware and software integrity. Testing phases and properly user education are other mandatory actions any CIO or CSO should consider for a safety IoT system adoption.

A special mention for the large diversity of subjects covered by the Panel Discussion which enriched IDC IoT Forum Agenda: “Smart Cities”, “What Will Make the Headlines in 2017 and Beyond?”, “Security and Regulatory Concerns in IoT”, and “IoT for Better Lives – The Benefits of IoT in Health”. Each discussion panel has special guests from the local industry, startups and professional associations involved in the IoT ecosystem, covering the basic problems opened by the adoption of the smart service at the local public administration, in industry, in logistics and in healthcare services.

 

idc-connectClosing a very rich agenda event, the Connect Workshops organised by IDC gave to the participants the possibility to exchange experience and face-to-face discuss with the specialists. Dedicated Connect Workshop tables was organised for the major subjects presented in the Forum like:

  • IOT Availability without limits
    • Is IoT Security a technology problem?
    • Implementing IoT – What to expect and how to proceed?
    • Industry 4.0 – Transforming businesses with IoT Solutions

A very interesting innovation used for the first time during an IDC event in Romania was the dedicated mobile application of the IoT Forum. Here between regular information about the event agenda, speakers and partners, any participant had the possibility to answer to few open poll question, offering an add-hock quality survey about the general perception on each discussed subject.

 

IDC IoT Forum organised on 24 November in Bucharest is part of a regional program initiated by IDC in most all of the countries from CEE region. IDC’s Forum mission is to help the conference participants to better understand the current trends, to identify areas of future growth, and to be prepared for any opportunity in their specific fields.

IoT Market Expectation in CEE – by 2019

 25.25 Billion – the number of fibre connections

881.25 Million – annual spending on connected vehicles

239.42 Million – annual in-store offer revenue

233.65 Million – annual omni-channel revenue

20.19 Million – annual telehealth systems revenue

92.49 Million – annual smartphone shipments

 Source: The Future of Connected Life in CEE, IDC April 2016

 

 All Images & Data Sources: IDC

 

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EUROCLOUD WINNING SOLUTIONS IN CLOUD VERTICAL MARKET

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Winners of EuroCloud Award Cloud Solutions for Vertical Markets. Image Source: cloud☁mania 

Continuing the review of solutions offered by EuroCloud Award 2016 final participants let’s look to the Cloud solutions participating in the Cloud Vertical Market category.

Cloud Vertical Market Evolution

Europe Cloud market is becoming more mature from one year to other. Different research reports find average growing rate between 15% and 25% for the next 3-5 years period. Interest in vertical-market solutions is on the rise for many reasons. Technology has become the primary way of conducting business in many industries, and as digital communication and collaboration increases among business partners, companies need industry specific interfaces to move and process data more efficiently.

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Many European enterprises are moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud, aiming to benefit from advantages of scalability and cost. However, the rate of cloud adoption is varied from one industry to other. Analysts identified some sectors with a more fast adoption of cloud services, like commerce, manufacturing, utilities or energy. In western EU countries, there are real growing in Cloud adoption for the financial industry and healthcare also.

European Cloud providers are trying to address all specific needs for each industry. The Cloud adoption is drive by organisations needs for cost-effectiveness, simplicity, flexibility, and scalability.

Let’s take a look at the Cloud vertical market winning solutions established by the international jury of the EroCloud Europe Awards 2016:

Here is the champions’ podium:

Best Cloud Service for Vertical Markets

⇒ Winners:

ComCloud: Cloud delivery Platform – COMBIS (Croatia)

Lega Cloud – Innova Bilisim Cozumleri (Turkey)

⇒ Finalists:

Ogust SelfService – Sykio (France)

StarCapture Mobile – Star Storage (Romania)

Winner: ComCloud – Cloud delivery Platform provided by COMBIS (Croatia)

COMBIS is a regional ICT company focused on the development of applications, communication, security and systems solutions, provisioning of ICT solutions development and integration services, as well as Infrastructure management and support services.

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ComCloud is an open, expandable, scalable and modular Cloud service delivery platform. ComCloud enables operators to avoid vendor lock and freely choose or replace underlying technologies depending on their preferences or needs. While developing his solution the provider has focused on enabling a full set of Cloud offerings from one solution – one Cloud. Each new service is added to the solution as a building block thus making the solution easily expandable and cost effective, by using Common Infrastructure (CI) block.

ComCloud, as a Cloud Delivery Platform, offers all needed integration interfaces and support for business processes while keeping the cost down. As an overall solution, it also includes standardised and optimised architecture for underlying infrastructure and provides scalability to support customer needs. Combis designed the solution to be modular and to be extendable like Lego blocks.

ComCloud is a comprehensive and modular Cloud solution which provides facilities for automated provisioning of Cloud services and infrastructure management via self-service portals. ComCloud is a complete Cloud solution, following NIST and ITU-T recommendations. ComCloud is a single platform for multiple Cloud services that allows service providers to build up their public Cloud products and services.

 

Winner: Lega Cloud – Innova Bilisim Cozumleri (Turkey)

Innova is a leading software developer and integrator in Turkey which provides innovative software solutions and services, covering the entire project lifecycle from consulting, design, application development and integration to support.

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Lega Cloud utilises cloud advantages for the legal sector. Developed as an extension of Innova’s track-proven portfolio of end-to-end collection and legal management solutions, Lega Cloud was specialised with law offices and SMBs in mind. Lawyers and legal personnel alike can easily manage its user-friendly UI and integrated workflows. LegaCloud represents an innovative approach to legal automation that relieves the heavy operational workload that comes along collection processes.

Lega Cloud runs on a new advanced hybrid architecture that synchronises cloud services with local corporate systems and their integration layer. In this new architecture, both law offices and small and medium-sized enterprises can operate their legal case files using a common application. This business model replaces both the simple client level applications used by law offices and the enterprise-level systems of their clients, therefore providing a single integrated platform.

One of the challenges tackled by Lega Cloud is integrating both attorney and client side processes and data while continuing to provide privacy and security of the data. Lega Cloud does this with the help of its unique common platform, integrating mutual customer processes in a single application, lowering the operational costs of both parties while remaining affordable.

 

Finalists: Ogust Self-Service – Sykio (France)

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Thanks to his 10 years experience in this industry, French company Sykio has developed Ogust Self-service, the first e-commerce solution for home services companies. Founded in 2006, Sykio developed “Ogust Manager” and brought the Solution to market, as the first SaaS management solution dedicated to the home services sector.

Ogust Self-service is scalable and can fit small and large businesses. Thanks to his architecture and his technical environment (managed on AWS), Ogust follows the growth of the companies in an automatic way.

Ogust Self-service offers a large catalogue of API (to upload or download any data). It can be used in a standalone mode or plugged to the legacy management system of the company. The data are encrypted (SHA2) within the database.

 

Finalist: StarCapture Mobile from Star Storage (Romania)

StarCapture Mobile is a Cloud solution specially created for mobile devices, being an optimal solution for companies which need mobility. The solution is also a valuable tool for the sales force, which have the possibility to sign more contracts in a shorter period of time, regardless of customer location.

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Catalin Paunescu, Founder & CEO, Star Storage. Image Source: EuroCloud ROmania

StarCapture Mobile is running on Windows 8.1 and provides the possibility of custom sales processes, data correctly inserted from the first moment and streamlining the registration of new customers into systems (BI, ERP). The solution is perfectly aligned with current trends of digital transformation and mobility adopted by companies, developed to optimise operations and increase sales through more effective customers’ engagement.

“We are happy that we won this award for the second time. It is an honour for us and a recognition of our consolidation as a leader on the top providers of cloud services market in Romania. StarCapture Mobile is an innovative solution, in line with current trends and mobility of digital transformation of companies, developed to optimise operations and increase sales through more effective engagement with customers,” said Catalin Paunescu, Founder & CEO, Star Storage. “In the last period, we complete the portfolio of cloud services on all segments IaaS, SaaS and Passat, and added new features to the existing solutions”.

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StarCapture Mobile is a solution designed in the Cloud era, being optimised for delivery “as a Service”, both in Star Storage’s data centre from Romania and in Microsoft Azure for global coverage. This service can be used in a variety of industries such as insurance, finance, banking, telecommunication, utilities, etc. automatically collects with no errors all identification data for customers, directly from their ID’s, simple and hassle free, captured data patterns in contracts or in other forms (automatic synchronization with SharePoint for data processing), reducing enrollment errors, operational risks and increasing data processing speed.

Star Storage is a global technology provider developing and delivering state-of-the-art information protection and management solutions for top private and public organisations. With 16 years of experience, own Intellectual Property and a portfolio of over 500 customers on 4 continents, with strong expertise in top industries such as banking, insurance, telecom, manufacturing, utilities and public administration, the company plays a key role in the digital transformation, mobile and cloud journey of any size organization.

Part of the seventh annual EuroCloud Europe Forum from Bucharest, EuroCloud Award 2016 gala hosted on October 5th by Regina Maria Saloon in Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest, was the special moment of the announcement of best European Cloud services.

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Romanian Winners of EuroCloud Award 2016

STARCAPTURE MOBILE FROM STAR STORAGE RECOGNISED AS THE BEST CLOUD SERVICE FOR VERTICAL MARKETS IN THE ROMANIAN EUROCLOUD AWARD 2016 CONTEST

ROCS 2016: ”PE BUNE” DESPE TRANSFORMAREA DIGITALĂ A ROMÂNIEI

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Cât suntem de pregătiți pentru ampla transformare digitală a economiei? Care este impactul noilor tehnologii în business? Cum ne afectează acest amplu proces de transformare viața de fiecare zi? De ce, în ciuda tuturor investițiilor și a eforturilor depuse, încă se mai stă la coadă la sediile administrațiilor financiare, la pașapoarte sau la permisele auto? De ce, în pofida faptului că industria de IT si-a demonstrat contribuția strategică la PIB și avem cea mai mare viteză la Internet din Europa, suntem încă pe ultimul loc la nivelul de alfabetizare digitală?

Despre toate acestea și despre multe alte subiecte adevărate am discutat pe 23 Noiembrie la cea de-a 22-a ediție (Romanian Computer Show)

logo-rocsValoarea ROCS-ului nu constă doar în faptul că este cel mai longeviv și mai tradițional eveniment B2B de pe piața IT, organizat de cei mai experimentați specialiști în IT media; ROCS-ul este printre puținele, dacă nu singurul, eveniment public în care lucrurile se discută ”pe bune”. Valoarea unui eveniment este conferită în primul rând de calitatea speaker-ilor, de temele abordate, dar și de valoarea și reprezentativitatea participanților. La ROCS nu numai că au venit să vorbească oameni cu o mare experiență de piață, care chiar știu cum stă treaba cu transformarea, care au trăit transformarea și care se lovesc zilnic de problemele generate de transformarea digitală a României, dar și un public participant matur, care a interacționat deschis, critic și constructiv cu prezentatorii.

Un alt punct forte al ROCS-ului din acest an a fost faptul că, spre deosebire de alte ediții sau de multe alte evenimente care s-au întâmplat în ultima vreme, s-a bucurat de participarea unor reprezentanți cheie ai autorităților guvernamentale, oameni care deși și-au început activitatea publică relativ recent, au o mare experiență de piață și s-au implicat rapid în amplele proiecte de transformare. Și mă refer aici la una dintre primele prezențe într-un eveniment de business a lui Cristian Cucu, proaspăt numit în funcția de CIO al Guvernului României și a lui Tudor Oprea, membru al grupului de consilieri care coordonează proiectul GovITHub.

În plus, la panelul de discuții care s-a axat pe tema transformărilor digitale au participat reprezentanți au unor alte organizații guvernamentale precum Alexandru Groșeanu – președintele Centrului de Studii pentru Securitate, Managementul Crizelor si Prevenirea Conflictelor și Toma Cîmpeanu – director executiv al Asociației Naționale pentru Securitatea Sistemelor Informatice (ANSSI), dar și reprezentanți cu experiență ai industriei IT din România precum Marian Popa – General Manager DB Global Technology, Gabriel Marin, General Manager Omnilogic, Eugen Schwab-Chesaru, Group Vice President – Research, Vice President – Central & Eastern Europe PAC (Pierre Audoin Consultants), Cristian Vasile – Managing Director ESRI Romania și Maryo Fiscuteanu  – Manager InfoWorld.

Mihaela Gorodcov – director iBusiness Romania și Romulus Maier – general manager Agora Group au fost gazdele panelului de discuții. Ca și la alte ediții, m-am bucurat de privilegiul de a fi co-moderator și speaker, cu o temă legată de strategia de adopție a tehnologiilor Cloud Computing.

rocs-2016-panelUna dintre tematicile cele mai fierbinți, abordată de participanții de la ROCS 2016 a fost protecția datelor personale. Adoptat de către Parlamentul European în primăvara acestui an, General Data Protection Regulation — GDPR) este un regulament la care toți membrii UE trebuie să se alinieze până pe 25 mai 2018. Consolidarea și aplicarea măsurilor legate de buna adoptare a acestui regulament la nivel național sunt deja priorități pe agenda noului CIO guvernamental. ”Nerespectarea noului Regulament de protecția datelor personale va avea consecințe dramatice pentru orice companie sau organizație care nu va îndeplini criteriile necesare până la data stabilită, iar amenzile sunt uriașe,” a precizat Cristian Cucu în intervențiile sale de la ROCS.

Alte teme de discuție s-au concentrat pe activitatea și proiectele derulate în cadrul inițiativei GovITHub. Pentru cei care nu au auzit încă de acest proiect, GovITHub este un program guvernamental dezvoltat împreună cu sectorul privat și mediul antreprenorial în scopul creșterii calității serviciilor publice cu ajutorul tehnologiei. Programul reunește tineri și specialiști din mediul de business într-un cadru instituțional, pentru a găsi împreună soluții tehnologice de simplificare și digitalizare a administrației publice. Specialiști din mediul IT – programatori, designeri, manageri de proiect, antreprenori în domeniu etc., s-au alăturat decidenților din administrația publică centrală pentru a încerca simplificarea interacțiunii cu cetățenii prin digitalizare, dar și pentru a aduce un plus de inovație în acest domeniu dezvoltând servicii noi sau lucrând la îmbunătățirea celor existente, așa cum se specifică pe site-ul oficial http://ithub.gov.ro/.

Vestea bună este că foarte mulți tineri specialiști au dorit să se înroleze în acest program ca membri sau ca voluntari și că programul se poate lăuda deja cu primele proiecte definitivate precum: Rezidențiat 2016 – Extinderea funcţionalităţilor sistemului informatic folosit în cadrul examenului de rezidenţiat, RENSA – Registrul Electronic Național de Screening Auditiv sau desprevaccin.ro – pagină Web ce îşi propune să devină principala sursă de date pentru vaccinurile esenţiale folosite în România. Proiectele abordate și stadiul de realizare a acestora pot fi consultate pe site-ul oficial:  http://ithub.gov.ro/proiecte/

rocs-2016-prezidiuAlte probleme de larg interes discutate la ROCS 2016 și asupra cărora voi mai reveni și în alte articole, sunt legate de poziționarea industriei IT din România, care va continua să joace și în viitor rolul de locomotivă în amplul proces de transformare digitală. Eugen Schwab-Chesaru de la PAC a atras atenția asupra importanței prelucrării și interpretării corecte a datelor. Nu trebuie să ne lăsăm amăgiți de trendul pozitiv al indicatorilor economici. Multe dintre cifrele macroeconomice actuale se bazează pe proiecții virtuale, multiplicări de date și estimări care nu corespund cu realitatea.

În era în care noua putere este cunoașterea iar combustibilul progresului economic este informația, toate sistemele naționale trebuie să valorifice inovațiile din domeniul colectării și stocării datelor.  Volume mari de date sunt achiziționate și insuficient valorificate în toate sistemele publice, de la evidența personală, la datele medicale, școlare sau gestionarea terenurilor și  bunurilor imobiliare. Există încă centre de date insuficient utilizate care pot asigura funcționalitățile vitale de analiză și predicție specifice fiecărei industrii, dar și la nivel de țară. Toate tehnologiile moderne incorporate de soluțiile de tip Cloud, Big Data& Analytics, Internet of Things sau Mobile există deja în România, după cum există și furnizorii de servicii care să faciliteze adopția acestora.

O bună parte din discuții s-au referit la potențialul de resurse tehnice al României, renumită pentru numărul și calitatea specialiștilor în informatică. Dar abilitățile native trebuie susținute în continuare în programe coerente care să înceapă încă din școli și universități și care să continue cu toate etapele de formare profesională și la nivelul tuturor industriilor. Informatica în acest moment nu mai este un avatar elitist și nici o comoditate, ci a devenit un imperativ de business.

Din luările de cuvânt individuale din cadrul mesei rotunde am reținut pledoaria pentru un bun management și pentru implicarea echipelor de dezvoltare în tot procesul de realizare a unui produs informatic – susținută de Mike Popa de la DB Global Technology, problemele existente în domeniul prelucrării și utilizării eficiente a datelor geospațiale enumerate de Cristian Vasile de la ESRI, precum și greutățile implementării unor soluții informatice la scară națională sau locală, datorită disfuncțiilor din domeniul sănătății – amintite de Maryo Fiscuteanu de la Info World.

O notă aparte pentru prezentarea extrem de pragmatică și de bine argumentată susținută de Gabriel Marin de la Omnilogic. Multe dintre problemele actuale ale României au rădăcini care nu țin de sisteme sau de guvernare. În continuare România trebuie să își găsească o identitate ca țară, de la economic, la politic și social. În cadrul acestei continue transformări digitale, industria locală de IT va avea un rol strategic de driver. Dar pentru a-și putea pune în valoare potențialul, statul va trebui să acorde și producătorilor și furnizorilor se servicii autohtoni cel puțin aceleași facilități financiare, logistice și operaționale care în prezent sunt alocate cu precădere marilor companii multinaționale.

Pentru toate acestea este nevoie de o viziune managerială coerentă, de determinare și mai ales de continuitate pentru a se realiza toate imperativele actuale. Căci în epoca cunoașterii și a transformărilor digitale orice proiect informatic nu mai reprezintă de loc un simplu proiect IT ci adresează toate liniile de business și nivelele decizionale ale unei organizații, precum și ecosistemul acesteia.

Concluzionând, se pare că lucrurile încep să se miște și în România. În ciuda dezvoltării haotice și insulare sistemele informatice din ministere vor trebui să se alinieze normelor impuse de reglementările Comisiei Europene. Multe disfuncționalități ale acestor sisteme sunt datorate unei pregătiri insuficiente a celor care introduc sau trebuie să opereze cu aceste date. Se simte nevoia unui amplu proces de perfecționare a aptitudinilor digitale a tuturor celor implicați în utilizarea acestor sisteme, de la funcționarii din ministere, la funcționari publici, medici, profesori, transportatori sau agricultori…

Până atunci vom mai avea bătăi de cap și vom mai sta și pe la cozi, dar important este că autoritățile sunt conștiente de aceste imperative și au creat deja o serie de structuri necesare în amplul proces de digitalizare a României.

Continuitatea programelor demarate de actualul Guvern și respectarea termenelor impuse de Uniunea Europeană vor trebui să fie principalele preocupări și după alegeri, indiferent de câștigători  și de coalițiile de guvernare. 

Vă așteptăm la ROCS 2016!

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Dacă e Noiembrie, este ROCS… Iată-ne așadar la cea de-a 22-a ediție ROCS (Romanian Computer Show)!

Fără îndoială, ROCS-ul este cel mai longeviv și mai tradițional eveniment B2B de pe piața IT, organizat de cei mai experimentați specialiști în IT media pentru profesioniștii IT și nu numai. Căci în epoca cunoașterii și a transformărilor digitale, orice proiect informatic nu mai reprezintă de loc un simplu proiect IT ci adresează toate liniile de business și nivelele decizionale ale unei organizații, precum și ecosistemul acesteia.

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Am fost și la RoCS 2014, ediția 20…

Vă așteptăm Miercuri 23 Noiembrie 2016 începând cu ora 9.00 la Hotel Double Tree by Hilton Bucharest ca să discutăm despre Transformarea Digitală a economiei și care este impactul inovațiilor tehnologice în business, dar și în viața noastră de fiecare zi.

Ca membru al echipei care începea odiseea ROCS  acum 22 de ani și ca partener tradițional al organizatorilor din anul 2000 încoace, voi participa activ și la actuala ediție, unde vă invit atât la  dezbaterea din deschiderea evenimentului, care are ca temă ”Transformarea Digitală – Optimizarea aplicațiilor IT în Lumea Digitală”, cât și la prezentarea cloudmania din ce-a dea doua sesiune a evenimentului, unde vom vorbi despre ”Cum putem implementa o strategie efectivă pentru Cloud”.

RoCS este un eveniment organizat de iBusiness Romania și Agora Group, o echipă de oameni inimoși, care reprezintă cele mai titrate grupuri de media IT și care de mai bine de 25 de ani se ocupă cu furnizarea de informații și servicii de mare valoare către piața din România.

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EUROCLOUD WINNING SOLUTIONS IN CLOUD HORIZONTAL MARKET

 

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Lucian Stoica, Managing Director GTS Telecom, Receiving EuroCloud Europe Award

 

Part of the seventh annual EuroCloud Europe Forum from Bucharest, EuroCloud Award 2016 gala hosted on October 5th by Regina Maria Saloon in Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest, was the special moment of the announcement of best European Cloud services.

Participants representing various players, policy-making organisation, professional communities, and academic research from all Europe had met in Bucharest to recognise Europe’s best Cloud services. More than 30 Cloud providers from all Europe countries competing for the Best of the Best position in five Cloud service categories. Romania was present with local award winners in four categories finals, GTS CloudSuite from GTS Telecom being recognised as the EuroCloud winner in Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets category.

Here are the lists of nominees and the winners in each category:

Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets

Winner: GTS CloudSuite, from GTS Telecom  (Romania)

Final nominees: Platform.sh (France), and  Skywave IoT Platform (Turkey)

Best Cloud Service for Vertical Markets

Winners: ComCloud – Cloud delivery Platform (Croatia) and Lega Cloud – Innova Bilisim Cozumleri (Turkey)

Finalists: Ogust SelfService (France), and StarCapture Mobile from Star Storage (Romania)

Best Cloud Services provided by Start-Up CSP’s

Winner: Medius CloudSE (Cloud Secure Element), from Medius d.o.o (Slovenia)

Finalists: Cloud Bursting like business “The new Cloud Generation” (Spain), and GR8PI platform from Great People Inside (Romania)

Best Cloud Transformation Methods

Winner: Trusted Cloud Europe – European Business Reliance Center (Luxembourg)

Finalists:  ComCloud Enterprise Application Store – Private Cloud at Croatian Post (Croatia), Verifone Retail Cloud Solutions and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) based in Istanbul Data Center (Turkey), and Zitec Cloud Migration consulting services (Romania).

Best Business Impact provided by Cloud Services

Winner: Arcelik the Spare Parts Forecasting Project – Arcelik A.Ș (Turkey)

Finalists: Mediaplatform (Spain) and Private Cloud at Croatian Post (Croatia).

A fast Cloud Growing Market

From year to year, the European Cloud market is growing. As a member of the EuroCloud Romania Jury from three years ago, and first time Jury member in European final, I feel this is a real growing. More and more providers are offering Cloud services in local countries or at the regional level. New companies from more than 20 countries subscribe each year to become a EuroCloud member. All of them are active members of EuroCloud communities, being involved in public and private projects.

This maturing of the European Cloud market is revealed by a real increasing of EuroCloud Award competition level. Thus, in this year edition, for two from five prizes categories International Jury has to establish 4 companies as finalists, and in Best Cloud Services for Vertical Market, we have to establish 2 winners with the same cumulative note in Jury’s appreciation.

But the best way to appreciate the maturity level of EuroCloud Award 2016 final contest is to know the participants and proposed solutions. Let’s take a look at final nominees from Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets category.

European winner: GTS CloudSuite, provided by GTS Telecom Romania

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Finalists in Cloud Horizontal Market category at EuroCloud Award 2016 Gala

GTS Telecom is part of former GTS Central Europe, currently owned by Deutsche Telekom AG. GTS Telecom is one of the main infrastructure-based providers of telecommunication and data centre services in Romania, being positioned as a quality leader in the communications segment for medium and large companies. GTS Romania GTS’ IaaS portfolio offers solutions for unified communications systems, data storage and business continuity. GTS have a rich operating history in CEE and more than five years of experience in designing and providing Cloud solutions since 2011.

The GTS Cloud Suite includes public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions that are suitable for organisations of all sizes and industries, from retail providers and manufacturers to financial and government institutions. GTS delivers a scalable, first-class computing environment that can be adapted to meet the changing needs of customers’ businesses. GTS provides a flexible Cloud infrastructure where each customer can create different network topologies for different applications. These solutions can be easily integrated with other Cloud platforms or other hybrid or private clouds hosted on customers’ sites or in other data centres, offering our clients increased versatility.

 

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Lucian Stoica, Managing Director GTS Telecom

Read related article “GTS TELECOM CLOUD SUITE AWARDED BY EUROCLOUD ROMANIA FOR “BEST CLOUD SERVICE FOR HORIZONTAL MARKETS” published by Cloud Mania in August 2016.

 

 

 

Best Cloud Services for Horizontal Market European finalist: Platform.sh (France)

Who is Platform.sh? Platform.sh  is a container based, second generation Platform-as-a-Service focused on Continuous deployment. The new product development is the result of more than two years research.

Platform.sh SAS is a French, VC founded a company, with a very fast expanding. With 36 Collaborators distributed around the globe, Platform.sh registered growing revenues from 250k€ in 2014, to more than 5.5M€ in 2016. Platform.sh developed a global business with more than 40% in Europe, 30% in the USA, and the rest of the world is 30% with special successes in South America and Australia.

SkywaveIoT Platform, provided by Innova (Turkey), EuroCloud finalist

skywaveiotInnova is a leading software developer and integrator in Turkey which provides innovative software solutions and services, covering the entire project lifecycle from consulting, design, application development and integration to support. With more than 1000 people serving its clients, Innova has delivered solutions and services to Customers in 36 countries to date. Major customers of the company are fixed line and GSM operators in Turkey and abroad, banks.

One of the most important Cloud offerings of Innova is his horizontal IoT platform, SkywaveIoT. Built to empower Internet of Things, SkywaveIoT enables the development of innovative IoT applications with its flexible and reliable architecture. SkywaveIoT can provide end to end solution, from the gateway in the field to the report the customer can scan. It is easy to develop, integrate and store data for simple vertical applications as well as complex enterprise solutions.

Lastly, with the graph database search capacity, SkywaveIoT is able to search for various conditions in the field within seconds of time. The tagging structure of the field data can be used to pinpoint many statuses. Also, the event and status changes can be searched and reported in very small amount of time, making the customer aware of the current situation in a wide area of installations.

Similar description of winners and finalists from others categories will come in the next articles.

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CLOUD

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For two days, in 5 and 6 October, Bucharest was the European technology capital of the Cloud. We witnessed an impressive concentration of forces in which a large number of specialists around the world with a rich business card in development, evangelism and implementation of Cloud tech came to EuroCloud Forum to discuss business transformations induced by Cloud and related innovations.

Any participant in technical sessions from the EuroCloud Forum lived that unique sense of partaking in something fundamental. A simple enumeration of those who were the guides in the journey through the Cloud says it all. Technical specialists with decades of experience, evangelists, developers, contractors, have initiated us in the Cloud phenomenon. Large companies such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, SAP, Veeam, and Schneider Electric Teradata, writing daily Cloud history, they have revealed their visions and strategies. Service providers, independent developers and integrators of solutions based on established platforms such as Avanade, Console, DevSecCon Ltd., FABASOFT, Intelli-Factory, Ness Technologies, Revevol or Scale-Up Tech came to Bucharest to confirm the importance of developing and diversifying the Cloud services for any company, of any size, in any industry. Leading Romanian Cloud providers as Star Storage and Ymens shared their vision about the Cloud services role in the business transformation process and presented some interesting key studies.

Amazon started the journey through the Cloud in 2006. Today it is Cloud market leader and companies of every size are using AWS to innovate across different countries and industries. Danilo Poccia, AWS EMEA Evangelist show us how AWS could simplify deployment and management letting the client to really focus on creating value for his business.

Through the likes of Compute & Container Engine, App Engine, Cloud Storage and BigQuery, Google Cloud Platform is offering to his client’s access to the same state of the art high performance compute and network infrastructure that runs Google Search, Gmail and YouTube. In this talk at EuroCloud Forum, Robert Kubis – developer advocate for the Google Cloud Platform at Google UK explained how easy it is to use these services to harness the power of Google’s Infrastructure for large-scale and highly available applications.

Microsoft is one of the most suggestive examples about how a market leader company turned his engines to the Cloud, in his own digital transformation efforts. Radu Stefan, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Romania presented which are the company strategies for Cloud development and how Azure platform could sustain the efforts to build a public Cloud for Europe.

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Dr Jens Amail, Senior Vice President Cloud Solutions and Strategic Customers MEE at SAP

SAP is another example of powerful Enterprise software provider which focused on Cloud solutions.  Dr Jens Amail, Senior Vice President Cloud Solutions and Strategic Customers MEE at SAP explained the company’s new development strategies based on Cloud services, and which are SAP proposal for digital transformation processes based on SAP Cloud platform.

In today’s digital world, we know that nothing less than 24.7.365 access to data and applications is acceptable, and enterprises embrace new technologies to deliver what their users demand. Laurent Garcia, EMEA Director Cloud & Service Providers at Veeam Software explained how Veeam has pioneered a new market of availability for the Always-On Enterprise, introducing the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. Demands for Cloud DR is on the rise and represent the number one opportunity for a Cloud & Service Provider to sell Cloud services. In a dedicated session, Veeam’s specialists demonstrated how to leverage the general data protection regulation (GDRP) for implementing business continuity, together with customer feedback on how they evaluate DRaaS providers.

But as more data streams into Cloud-based systems, the combination of data and computing resources gives the unprecedented opportunity to perform very sophisticated data analysis and to explore advanced machine learning methods such as deep learning. Clouds pack very large amount of computing and storage resources, which can be dynamically allocated to create powerful analytical environments. Natalino Busa, Head of Data Science at Teradata in Amsterdam, presented the most important advantages offered by analytics and how analytics in the cloud provides whole new ways for data analysts, data scientists and business developers.

In the today transforming world, more and more enterprises are preferring to focus on their core business, outsourcing their data centre in colocation to 3rd parties. Eduard Bodor, Solution Architect at NCEE Regional Application Center from Schneider Electric explained how  IT professionals could act now in different roles, more appropriate to their company current business model.

But business efficiency in the Cloud is depending not only on data centres’ infrastructure. The way clients are accessing the Cloud services is also critical. Connecting to Cloud services over the Internet open a lot of challenges, including but not limited to security, reliability, and throughput. John Hill, advocate and evangelist for next generation Cloud connectivity presented Console, a global next generation software defined network. The console is offering a secure and predictable connectivity between a data centre or customer premises and Cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and other SaaS ecosystem who offer Direct Connect access.

Despite the focus on innovative digital technologies, most companies still have a long way to go in their digital transformation journeys. Successful digital transformation comes not only from implementing new technologies but from transforming the existing organisation to take advantage of the possibilities that new technologies provide. Catalin Paunescu, CEO at Star Storage presented how the Cloud services provided by the Romanian company help top business around the world on their digital transformation journey to accelerate cost-efficiency and time to market by rethinking operations and processes.

From the beginning, Ymens was one of the first Romanian companies with a 100% Cloud-oriented activity. Razvan Savu, Cloud Strategy Officer at Ymens offered to EuroCloud Forum participants a practical approach to the Cloud, presenting very interesting real cases for Cloud project implementations, from private to hybrid, and to public Cloud, and from custom-developed SaaS to PaaS.

The demand for saving costs and increasing the productivity of companies causes a higher need for a mobile workforce and therefore for a secure and synchronised access to data and documents. Andreas Dangl, Managing Director at Fabasoft Cloud GmbH, a leading European cloud provider for B2B collaboration “Made in Europe” and the first EuroCloud Member with a  StarAudit 5 stars certification, explained how mobile force is increasing the shadow IT risks, demanding secure and controlled Cloud services.

The Cloud market demonstrated a demanding growth to hybrid Cloud solutions. Gavin Williams, VP Hybrid Cloud at Avanade from London proposed a journey to Hybrid Cloud, discussing what capabilities an enterprise would need to be able to use Hybrid cloud, how to align the business behind a journey to the cloud, and how to understand the implications and workload.

Despite the clear technology arguments, security is still one of the Cloud adoption issues. Francois Raynaud, the founder of DevSecCon has made a very critical assessment of the current security industry from a security professional. He presented some different DevSecOps ideas to support this approach with the aim to work effectively with the DevOps community.

Today Cloud is way more than just a buzzword and is making its way into European enterprises. Christoph Streit, co-founder of company ScaleUp discussed the benefits offered by Open Cloud Technologies like OpenStack. Using open source and open APIs are important factors for interoperability, collaboration and federation, especially in a European context.

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Peter Linhardt, the Health solution architect at Ness Technologies Slovakia

Google Analytics is one of the best tools to learn what keeps the users engaged and what should be improved to make the app more successful. Romain Vialard, Google Developer Expert at Revevol Paris made a very practical presentation, giving as example Yet Another Mail Merge, an add-on for Google Sheets.

Developing server and client-side code in the same language gives a tremendous boost to programmer productivity. Adam Granicz, CEO at IntelliFactory, a 6x F# MVP and the author of five F# books, key F# community member and evangelist, presented the fundamentals of writing full-stack web applications using WebSharper, a functional, reactive web framework, and introduced CloudSharper and other our upcoming new tools that enable online development, interactive data exploration, and deployment automation in a single cloud-based offering.

One of the most interesting presentation from EuroCloud Technical stage was related to Private national health Cloud system of Slovak Republic, being one of the first centralised eHealth solutions among European countries. Peter Linhardt, the Health solution architect at Ness Technologies Slovakia, explained how the National health information system (NHIS) Cloud of Slovakia stores the eHealth related registers and data, demographic and clinical EHR of Slovakia patients. Using Cloud solution more than 20 000 physicians and health professionals has access to the health informatics resources and how all 5.5M Slovakian citizens can access their personal health history and personal clinical health records. The NHIS cloud is operated by National centre of health informatics, which represents a structure of Slovak Republic Ministry of health.

The industry already talks about Cloud and Cloud 2.0. From all the Tech stage presentations in EuroCloud Forum 2016 we really understood the 3rd wave of Cloud computing is here to help us concentrate on what matters: “Building” instead of “Running”.

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