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 Neumori, 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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Medius CloudSE. Image Medius

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”.

All images:   cloud☁mania

 

EuroCloud Forum 2016: Hot Impressions View After Day 1 – Must See in Day 2

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1st Day Finish: Panel discussion with the EuroCloud Awards 2016 Nominees. Image cloud☁mania

We just finished the first day of EuroCloud Forum in Bucharest. It was a full presentation day with two presentation stages dedicated to Policy & Legal and Technology.

cloud☁mania was there. I had the pleasure to moderate the Technology Stage where our journey in the Cloud was drive by recognised leaders of Cloud market like Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Veeam, and Schneider Electric, B2B solution integrators like Ness Technology and Revevol, and Romanian Cloud services providers Ymens and Star Storage. More about the main topics discussed will come in the next articles.

Tomorrow will be another full day with a lot of presentation. You can see the EuroCloud Forum Agenda of Day 2 on the Forum Web site.

cloud☁mania invite you to assist to one of the most interesting presences in EuroCloud Forum 2016 edition. Come to see the presentation sustained by Dr Michaela Iorga, Senior Security Technical Lead for Cloud Computing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), from Washington, DC, USA.

Michaela has more than 10-year experience in the development of complex security architectures and more than 20 years of overall programming experience. She is recognised as an expert in Cloud computing, information security risk assessment, information assurance and ad-hoc mobile networks. Michaela will speak tomorrow about “Setting the standards for the cloud: towards real-time security and accountability”

In June 2014, cloud☁mania published the first interview with Michaela Iorga in the Romanian media, named “Despre Cloud, reglementary si specification de securitate cu doamna Dr Michaela Iorga”. Romanian version of this interview was published also in “Catalog Cloud Computing Romania – 2nd Edition, IaaS” released in June 2014.

michaela-iorga-cu-citat“In the United States, the Federal Government is one of the World’s pioneers of cloud computing. The term cloud computing was initially coined in 1997 by Professor Ramnath Chellappa of Emory University that referred to the cloud as an important new “computing paradigm where the boundaries of computing will be determined by economic rationale rather than technical limits alone”. The international IT literature and media came forward afterwards with many definitions, models, and architectures, but it was not until the 2011 when United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Special Publication 800-145 that defines the cloud computing, the cloud deployment models and cloud service models that the world settled for, and widely adopted, the concept, the definition and the description as provided by NIST. Five years later, the entire world is speaking the same cloud “language” and clearly understands what, for example, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) public cloud means”, said Michaela Iorga in an interview published a few weeks ago on the Blog section from the EuroCloud Forum 2016 web page. Read HERE the full interview.

Four Romanian EuroCloud Winners Nominees for 2016 European Final

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This year is a great chance for Romanian Cloud industry to be recognised at European level. First of all, EuroCloud Forum and EuroCloud Award 2016 Galla will be organised this year in Bucharest. EuroCloud Award Europe Jury just announced the shortlist of Nominees for the 2016 European Awards competition. Four of the Romanian contest winners are included in this shortlist and have real chances to begin European champions.

In the 7th EuroCloud Award edition, more than 30 Cloud providers from all Europe countries are competing for the Best of the Best position in their Cloud service categories. The winners will be announced and awarded during the EuroCloud Award Gala Dinner which will take place next week at the Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel in Bucharest, Romania.

EuroCloud Award 2016 LogoHere is the complete list of the nominees – in alphabetical order:

  1. Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets

– GTS CloudSuite (Romania)

– Platform.sh (France)

– SkywaveIoT Platform (Turkey)

 

  1. Best Cloud Service for Vertical Markets

– ComCloud – Cloud delivery Platform (Croatia)

– Lega Cloud (Turkey)

– Ogust SelfService (France)

– StarCapture Mobile (Romania)

 

  1. Best Cloud Services provided by Start-Up CSP’s

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

– Great People Inside (Romania)

– Medius CloudSE (Cloud Secure Element) (Slovenia)

 

  1. Best Cloud Transformation Methods

– ComCloud Enterprise Application Store – Private Cloud at Croatian Post (Croatia)

– Trusted Cloud Europe (Luxembourg)

– Verifone Retail Cloud Solutions and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) based in Istanbul Data Center (Turkey)

– Zitec Cloud Migration (Romania)

 

  1. Best Business Impact provided by Cloud Services

– Arcelik the Spare Parts Forecasting Project (Turkey)

– Mediaplatform (Spain)

– Private Cloud at Croatian Post (Croatia)

 

To see the complete list of the European Jury members, please visit the EuroCloud Awards 2016 official announcement

Also, you can see short description of nominees Cloud providers on the Award page from EuroCloud Forum 2016

Just one week until the opening of EuroCloud Forum 2016 Bucharest!

To see the final agenda, speakers and partner lists visit the official site of the Forum

 

Related articles:

“Romanian Winners of EuroCloud Award 2016”, cloud☁mania, July 2016

GR8PI PLATFORM FROM GREAT PEOPLE INSIDE RECOGNISED AS “THE BEST STARTUP CLOUD SERVICE” IN THE ROMANIAN EUROCLOUD AWARD 2016 CONTEST”, cloud☁mania, September 2016

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

ICIPRO, CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IMPLEMENTED BY YMENS RECOGNIZED BY EUROCLOUD AWARDS ROMANIA FOR BEST BUSINESS IMPACT OF CLOUD SERVICES“, cloud☁mania, August 2016

GTS TELECOM CLOUD SUITE AWARDED BY EUROCLOUD ROMANIA FOR “BEST CLOUD SERVICE FOR HORIZONTAL MARKETS”, cloud☁mania, August 2016

CLOUD MIGRATION PROJECTS FROM ZITEC AWARDED BY EUROCLOUD ROMANIA FOR THE “BEST CLOUD MIGRATION SERVICE”, cloud☁mania, August 2016

 

Bulgarian UniHospital become the first digital healthcare treasure from SE Europe integrating IBM technologies

 

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IBM recently announced that the new Bulgarian multi-specialty UniHospital, opened in June, is innovating in patient care via a private cloud based electronic health record services delivered to physicians and patients through a fully integrated and digitized IT infrastructure.

unihospital-1Panagyurishte, a town located in a mining area from Pazardzhik Province – Southern Bulgaria, is famous for his gold Thracian treasure, discovered in 1949. Now, the city is famous for UniHospital, the biggest healthcare investment in Bulgaria in the last 25 years. Evaluated at more than EUR 45 million, the hospital project is based on 310-bed facility features 27 clinics and diagnostic centers with more than 700 staff. The digital hospital is hosting the latest technologies in surgery, imaging, laboratory and electronic medical records, including next generation medical multimodal linear accelerators and a robotic digital subtraction angiography system within a hybrid operating room, unique for the region of South East Europe. Eleven separate and fully functional medical systems handle the entire medical process.

IBM has designed and together with other vendors has implemented a solution, which is the first of its kind deployed in Bulgaria. It connects hospital’s medical systems and brings data from disparate applications and equipment together to offer a real-time view of patient’s condition via a web portal. All patient records, MRI scans and other medical applications are hosted onto a single datacenter, significantly speeding up the full cycle – from the right diagnosis to the right treatment.

“IBM solutions working in UniHospital are a real proof point that the first step towards an intelligent and effective healthcare begins with the digitalization of the entire medical process,” says Dr. Lucia Dobreva, Director of UniHospital. “Our hospital hosts world’s top medical and imaging equipment, however its value can be fully harnessed only when the design and the performance of the IT infrastructure match that quality. This is a fact at UniHospital and today, for example, our microbiology laboratory can localize an infectious agent within just five minutes, after which doctors can analyze full patient picture to identify the right treatment in less than six hours –a process that in other facilities may take up to three days.”

unihospital-2Today, UniHospital is the first healthcare project in Bulgaria and in South East Europe which enable simultaneous use of medical imaging during surgery or other invasive manipulations. Its IT infrastructure has the handling capacity for huge amounts of data. A 15 GB PET-CT scan, for example, is being generated in just a couple of minutes and in very short time can be shared across all hospital’s clinics and directly displayed in the surgery room.

“Since the first agreement signed last year, IBM has been delivering a full end-to-end healthcare development roadmap to UniHospital, covering a wide range of healthcare services – from basic hospital operations, imaging and lab services, patient clinical information, to integration of medical systems, data analytics, and discussions about cognitive healthcare,” says Igor Pravica, Country Leader, IBM Bulgaria.

IBM solution enabled new levels of uptime and stability, increased agility, faster and better patient services and greater operational efficiency. In the long run the IT infrastructure can be further developed to help UniHospital cull insight from swelling volumes of patient data and provide it easily to doctors, nurses, clinical laboratories and other healthcare institutions.

Source: IBM Blogs SE Europe

BACK TO CLOUD

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Summer vacancies are almost done. We have to get back to the work, despite we still think to the sunny beach sunsets or feel the resin smell of mountain forest. For all of you who from holiday or others reasons missed the summer posts from cloud☁mania, here is a snapshot of published articles from July and August 2016.

For a more pleasant reading, articles covered by the same umbrella are grouped by the main topic:

  • EuroCloud Award 2016 Romanian contest winners
  • Articles published in Cloud Computing Romania Catalog, 5th Edition, Digital Industry
  • Other articles

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Romanian Winners of EuroCloud Award 2016July 19th

⇒ CLOUD MIGRATION PROJECTS FROM ZITEC AWARDED BY EUROCLOUD ROMANIA FOR THE “BEST CLOUD MIGRATION SERVICE”August 1st

⇒ GTS TELECOM CLOUD SUITE AWARDED BY EUROCLOUD ROMANIA FOR “BEST CLOUD SERVICE FOR HORIZONTAL MARKETS”August 3rd

⇒ STARCAPTURE MOBILE FROM STAR STORAGE RECOGNISED AS THE BEST CLOUD SERVICE FOR VERTICAL MARKETS IN THE ROMANIAN EUROCLOUD AWARD 2016 CONTEST, August 8th

 ICIPRO – CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IMPLEMENTED BY YMENS RECOGNIZED BY EUROCLOUD AWARDS ROMANIA FOR BEST BUSINESS IMPACT OF CLOUD SERVICESAugust 11th

⇒ GR8PI PLATFORM FROM GREAT PEOPLE INSIDE RECOGNISED AS “THE BEST STARTUP CLOUD SERVICE” IN THE ROMANIAN EUROCLOUD AWARD 2016 CONTESTSeptember 6th

 

Articles published in Cloud Computing Romania Catalog, 5th Edition, Digital Industry

Catalog Digital Industry

First Digital Industry Catalog in Romania

⇒ FIRST DIGITAL INDUSTRY CATALOG IN ROMANIAAugust 4th

EXPERIMENT CLOUD BENEFITS WITH IBM CONSULTANCY SERVICES

Original Title in Romanian: “Experimentați beneficiile mediului Cloud cu sprijinul serviciilor de consultanță furnizate de IBM” – article provided by IBM Romania, August 17th

⇒ HOW TO DEVELOP A COMPLETE PLATFORM FOR CLOUD APPLICATIONS IN ONLY TWO DAYS

Original Title in Romanian: “Cum puteți dezvolta o platformă completă pentru aplicații Cloud în numai două zile” – Article provided by EMC Romania, August 19th

⇒ WHY TO CHOSE A CLOUD INVOICING SYSTEM

Original Title in Romanian:De ce să alegeți un sistem de facturare în Cloud” – Article provided by SIVECO Romania, August 22nd

⇒ OPTIMUM DESK A COMPLET IT MANAGEMENT PLATFORM

Original Title in Romanian: “Optimum Desk o platformă pentru un management IT complet” – Article provided by CLASS IT, August 24th

 

Other articles

Google Trike⇒ BIG DATA – ANALYTICS – CLOUD: A TRIAD OF PROFITABILITYJuly 2nd

⇒ ROMANIA DIDN’T COME OUT FROM THE INNOVATION CRISIS

Original Title in Romanian: “România nu a ieșit din Criza de Inovație”July 14th

⇒ DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IS A NATURAL SELECTION, NOT A SIMPLE IT PROJECT

Original Title in Romanian: “Transformarea digitală este o selecție naturală, nu un simplu proiect IT”July 20th

⇒ DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AS NATURAL SELECTION: BECOME DIGITAL OR DISAPPEAR…July 25th

⇒ GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE: A DIGITAL MASTERPIECE OF HUMANITY HERITAGEJuly 26th

⇒ THE MOST DRAMATIC DISRUPTIONS FROM THE STEAM ENGINE INVENTION

Original Title in Romanian: “Cele mai dramatice mutații de la inventarea motorului cu abur”, August 2nd

⇒ THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AS ENGINE OF THE FUTURE DIGITAL EUROPE

Original Title in Romanian: “A 4-A REVOLUȚIE INDUSTRIALĂ CA MOTOR AL VIITOAREI EUROPE DIGITALE”August 6th

⇒ TECHNOLOGICAL VECTORS WHICH DRIVE INDUSTRY 4.0

Original Title in Romanian: “VECTORII TEHNOLOGICI CARE ANTRENEAZĂ INDUSTRY 4.0”August 10th

⇒ BUCHAREST WILL BE THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF THE CLOUDAugust 13th

GR8PI PLATFORM FROM GREAT PEOPLE INSIDE RECOGNISED AS “THE BEST STARTUP CLOUD SERVICE” IN THE ROMANIAN EUROCLOUD AWARD 2016 CONTEST

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Let’s finishing the review series of the winners in the EuroCloud Award Romania 2016 contest with the solution provided by the champion in the Startup category.

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.

GR8PI solutions allow the filtering out of non-suitable candidates, matching people with jobs based on their inherent capacity, understanding the strengths of the newly hired employees. A platform is a professional tool for key resources development areas, facilitating the fast onboarding, integration and performance, identifying best performance drivers and talent development opportunities in any organisation workforce.

GR8PI platform has an impact on several areas, far exceeding the scope of recruitment – and the market in Romania and Europe. Globally, the demand for qualified personnel with a high level of professional competence, become bigger, exceeding the offers. It is a real and an acute need to attract and retain the right people, compatible with the job, company-specific organisational culture and values. Recruitment will always remain the most important element, but the ability to develop and retain the existing workforce is also crucial, given the fact that qualified resource becomes increasingly rare.

 

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Doru Dima, CEO Romania Great People Inside

“GR8PI Platform provides organisations with the opportunity to manage the complete life cycle of each employee in the company, ensuring optimal outcomes for both employee and employer. Productivity, the level of engagement, wellbeing and retention of employees will increase considerably. Also, using Great People Inside evaluations and reports can make a diagnosis of the functioning of a team, providing a clear perspective on the dynamics, development areas and common values of the team, while providing suggestions for development and strategies to help leader and the team to reach their full potential,” says Doru Dima, CEO Romania for Great People Inside. “GR8PI platform and has already proven its value. In the last year, Great People Inside evolved from a start-up local cloud-based developed in Bucharest to an international company based in Singapore and representative offices in Europe, Asia and North America.”

 

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-platformThe 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.

cloud☁ mania wishes Good Luck to all Romanian contest winners participating in EuroCloud Award Europe 2016 final session!

Photo sources: http://www.greatpeopleinside.com

Cum puteți dezvolta o platformă completă pentru aplicații Cloud în numai două zile

 

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Cu o experiență de peste 30 de ani în industria de management al informației, EMC oferă în prezent un portofoliu tehnologic de soluții avansate care permit planificarea, administrarea și operarea unui model de tip Cloud. Pentru orice tip de aplicații critice, în orice mediu de lucru, în orice model de consum de Cloud, EMC oferă cele mai bune platforme și tehnologii care sprijină și accelerează trecerea către Cloud. Două dintre ele sunt prezentate pe scurt mai jos:

EMC Native Hybrid Cloud: Dezvoltă-ți o platformă completă pentru aplicații în Cloud în doar 2 (DOUĂ) zile!

EMC Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) este o soluție la cheie bazată pe platforma de dezvoltare Pivotal Cloud Foundry, gata de folosit în modul hibrid de operare în câteva ore până la câteva zile de la achiziție. Platforma oferă un mod inovativ de a livra aplicații „native-cloud”, permițând cu adevărat un ecosistem de funcționare simbiotică între echipele de dezvoltare și cele de operare IT intern. Dezvoltatorii își pot scrie codul rapid, cu acces instant la aplicații și protecția datelor „always-on”, în timp ce IT Ops au vizibilitate totală și control asupra sistemului, beneficiind de unelte avansate de monitorizare și raportare proactivă.

EMC Native Hybrid CloudNHC se integrează cu Pivotal Cloud Foundry, VMware vSphere sau OpenStack și infrastructura convergentă de la VCE, VxRack System 1000, transformând sistemul într-o soluție la cheie, rapid de implementat. În plus, oferă dezvoltatorilor o interfață intuitivă de tip self-service pentru suport, cu un singur punct de contact pentru toate componentele sistemului.

NHC permite provizionarea către servicii publice de Cloud incluzând EMC Virtustream, VMware vCloud Air, AWS, Microsoft Azure și Google Compute Engine, permițând optimizarea investiției prin extinderea modelului hibrid către serviciile publice de cloud. Platforma este bazată pe tehnologie open-source de la mai mult de 40 de membri Cloud Foundry Foundation. NHC aderă de asemenea la arhitecturi de tip micro-service, permițând dezvoltatorilor să creeze servicii modulare pentru dezvoltare agilă și să le scaleze rapid în NHC.

Împreună, EMC și Pivotal oferă o gamă largă de servicii pentru a vă ajuta să planificați și implementați o arhitectură de tip NHC, precum și să faceți o tranziție rapidă și facilă, ca organizație, către noul model operațional de Cloud.

EMC Virtustream – Aplicațiile critice de business, acum în Cloud

EMC VirtustreamCând vine vorba de mutarea aplicațiilor de business critice în Cloud, marile companii sunt încă reticente în a face pasul, căutând un mediu Cloud care să le ofere, în mod obligatoriu, niveluri de securitate și complianță similare cu cele interne, SLA-uri garantate la nivel de aplicații critice, suport și integrare cu medii fizice și virtuale existente, inclusiv la nivel de producător de platforme tehnologice, ceea ce poate duce la costuri prohibitive.

EMC Virtustream Enterprise Class Cloud, powered by xStream™ Cloud Management, este o platformă construită de la zero astfel încât să combine reziliența și performanța ridicată garantată a modelului de Cloud privat cu flexibilitatea, scalabilitatea și modelul economic eficient al unui Cloud public multi-tenant.

Soluția EMC Virtustream Enterprise Class Cloud oferă:

  • SLA la nivel de aplicații: SLA garantat de până la 99,999% uptime la nivel de aplicații, cu niveluri definite de performanță și timpi de răspuns;
  • Securitate de tip Enterprise: Protecția aplicațiilor la nivel de rețea și host. Izolarea aplicațiilor; izolarea datelor; SIEM (Security Information & Event Management) integrat; Politici de GRC (Governance, Risk, Compliance) integrate;
  • Backup & Disaster-Recovery integrate: Data centere redundante la nivel geografic, cu servicii de backup și DR integrate;
  • Bring Your Own Application: Platforma suportă atât aplicații tradiționale, cât și de tip web-scale.

Unul din partenerii tradiționali EMC Virtustream este SAP, care a ales EMC Virtustream ca standard de facto, ca platformă de Cloud, pentru aplicațiile clienților săi.

  • Cu peste 100 clienți SAP și cele mai mari implementări din lume SAP în Cloud, EMC Virtustream este partenerul ideal, de tehnologie și expertiză, pentru migrarea SAP în Cloud. Printre clienții SAP care au ales EMC Virtustream se numără branduri precum Coca-Cola, Avon, Continental și Goodyear. Totodată EMC Virtustream a livrat cu succes primele dezvoltări SAP HANA în Cloud din lume;
  • EMC Virtustream este certificat de SAP în Cloud Hosting și Cloud Services, și este membru al SAP Cloud Technology Advisory și Cloud Benchmarking Group;
  • SLA garantat de performanță: Virtustream sprijină serviciile SAP-on-cloud cu un SLA la nivel de aplicație care garantează până la 99,999% uptime, cu atribute definite de performanță și timpi de răspuns ai aplicației.

Fie că îți dorești să evaluezi d.p.d.v. financiar și impact în business mutarea aplicațiilor tale critice în Cloud, fie că ești un Cloud service provider care dorește un parteneriat cu EMC Virtustream, merită să faci un tur pe https://selfservice.virtustream.com/selfservice/#/page, sau să ne contactezi la marketing_Romania@emc.com.

Material publicat de EMC Romania sub titlul ”Soluții enterprise de Cloud pentru aplicații critice” în Catalogul Cloud Computing Romania, ediția a 5-a, Digital Industry.

Image Sources: EMC.com

BUCHAREST WILL BE THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF THE CLOUD

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In October 5th-6th 2016, Bucharest will host the Largest European forum on the Cloud future. The 7th edition of EuroCloud Europe Forum will bring together Cloud consumers and providers, Cloud-oriented research organisations, startups, policy makers, government representatives, and other players in the Cloud arena.

 

EUC Forum LogoEuroCloud Congress is organised every year in a European city. This year, for the first time, Romania will host the major continental forum of Cloud community, having as the logo: “Creating new frontiers in European Cloud”.

More than 30 leaders and top specialist from the legal and tech Cloud sector are expected to join EuroCloud Forum to discuss the most actual problems of Cloud adoption. Between the main speakers already confirmed for the Bucharest’s Forum, we can find:

Pearse O’Donohue – Head of Unit, Software and Services, Cloud European Commission, Brussels;

Dr. Michaela Iorga – Senior Security Technical Lead for Cloud Computing, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Washington DC;

Dr. Tobias Höllwarth – Director Star Audit, President EuroCloud Austria & Advisory Board Member EuroCloud Europe, Wien;

Linda Strick – Coordinator CloudForEurope Project, Fraunhofer Fokus, Berlin;

Danilo PocciaAWS EMEA Evangelist, Amazon Web Services, London.

To see the complete list of confirmed guests, please visit the speaker’s page from EuroCloud Europe Forum official Website.

Register to EuroCloud Europe Forum 2016 in Bucharest and you will connect to Cloud community discussing:
– How to design a Cloud strategy and architecture – build an efficient and cost effective architecture to manage organization’s resources;
– The European Science Cloud – discover developments of the model science Cloud for the European public and private sector;
– Analytics in the Cloud – use the high storage resources capabilities of Cloud and Big Data tools to create powerful analytical environments;
– Benefits of Open Cloud Technology – learn how to make better use of open source and open APIs for your enterprise;
– Privacy is the killer app – secure Big Data in the Cloud and discuss privacy implications;

-Cloud Security standards and accountability.

EuroCloud Award 2016 LogoDuring EuroCloud Europe Forum, up to 250 VIP guests of the European Cloud ecosystem are expected to attend the EuroCloud Award 2016 exclusive gala dinner ceremony, where will be announced the best of the best European Cloud services and solutions providers, winners in the local contests and qualified in the European final. Five Romanian companies, winners of EuroCloud Award Romania 2016 will compete in 5 prizes categories with the powerful Cloud providers from other 20 European countries.

 

ICIPRO – CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IMPLEMENTED BY YMENS RECOGNIZED BY EUROCLOUD AWARDS ROMANIA FOR BEST BUSINESS IMPACT OF CLOUD SERVICES

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Continuing the presentation of Romanian winners of EuroCloud Award 2016, here is a review of one of the most important Cloud project recognised in the “Best Business Impact provided by Cloud Services” category, where the champion is company Ymens, for the project „ICIPRO – Cloud Infrastructure for Public Institutions”.

Buton ICIPROWhat about the project? The ICIPRO project – Cloud Infrastructure for Public Institutions in Romania” is the result of deep collaboration between ICI – the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics and Ymens, a Romanian company from Teamnet group. The project was born from a critical need for more efficient acquisition, implementation, and better operation and usage of IT infrastructure. In the same time, Romanian government should be aligned to the European strategy regarding Cloud adoption in eGovernment services.

What is very important here? ICIPRO is practically the very first major Cloud initiative for the public institutions in Romania. This is the first step in a more large adoption of Cloud Computing in Romanian public infrastructure. National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics (ICI) will be ready to extend ICIPRO bringing more services to this platform and offering more storage opportunities to Romanian government organizations. In this moment, only 20% of the data center capacity is currently used by ICIPRO.

The ICIPRO implementation is important also for his capabilities to create the required regulatory framework that will drive a fast adoption of Cloud models throughout the Romanian market.

ICIPRO is the first Cloud infrastructure project in Romania that addresses typical issues in public administration structures:

  • Data fragmentation and data duplication;
  • Improper usage of existing infrastructure capacity;
  • Complicated public procurement procedures and difficult flows.

The main benefits offered by ICIPRO implementation are:

  • Data center consolidation – ICIPRO offers IT availabilities for processing, storing and communication to all public entities that can either leverage this infrastructure to build new services or to migrate existing systems to a unified central platform;
  • Business Continuity services – available as backup or Disaster Recovery for existing systems in Public Administration;
  • One-stop-shop – for IaaS or PaaS services needs in the public entities for eGov services developing.
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Costin Matache, CEO Ymens

 

“Innovation is our main goal. And for Ymens innovation has multiple dimensions. For the public administration clients, the innovation involves new technologies adoption stimulation. In this way, ICIPRO project transformed the National Institute for Research and Development in the first Cloud services provider for the public sector in Romania”, said Costin Matache, CEO Ymens, in an interview for EuroCloud Romania. “On the other hand, Ymens is a powerful promoter of BPaaS (Business Process as a Service) concept on the local market. On European level, this business model is already well defined as Smart Cloud BPaaS Broker”.

Which are the technologies adopted in the ICIPRO implementation? The main technology stack is based on a Microsoft core with Windows Server / Hyper -V 20 12 R2, Microsoft System Center, and Microsoft Windows Azure Pack. This was complemented by two components: NSBS Platform – NEC Cloud Brokerage Suite and ELO Digital Solutions – ELO Enterprise 9 as document management solution. In order to enhance the services delivered through this Cloud infrastructure, the project included also an interoperability platform based on Microsoft Biztalk Server 2013, and a user management platform based on Microsoft Forefront Identity Management Server.The software platform is supported by a high-end hardware infrastructure: 148 NEC servers based on Intel Xeon technology, HP storage systems 3 PAR 350 TB, CISCO Communication Infrastructure 10 Gbps, IBM Tap eLibrary, placed into a specially designed data centre location.

ICIPROBut ICIPRO project benefits will be multiplied by secondary and multi-reflection impacts of Cloud adoption, with direct involvement in:

  • Economic Growth: acquisition and usage of IT resources and services become more efficient, with major investment and operational costs;
  • Fast Social Integration: all public institutions, including social care institutions, gain access to high-performance IT infrastructure and services, being able to radically improve the quality of social services provided;
  • Environmental Sustainability: by infrastructure consolidation, any Cloud platform can reduce the CO2 footprint and improve the IT energy efficiency;
  • Governance: more performing IT infrastructure is a warranty for more efficient and better performing eGov services for citizens and business environment.

In the same time, ICIPRO platform offers a wide area of benefits for the Government employees:

  • Increased focus on building new and better services for citizen;
  • Fast access to high-quality infrastructure with reduced costs;
  • Improve internal workflows with ready-made solutions available on the Cloud and adapted to public sector user profile;
  • Funds reallocation for other priority investments;
  • Easier scaling for peak periods;
  • Improved SLAs for ITC infrastructure;
  • Business Continuity infrastructure availability.

Interesting is one of the ICIPRO main clients is ICI itself, due to platform facilitates allowed to scientific research activities. This will enable ICI to build an academic knowledge database associated with the implementation and operation of Cloud services.

Concluding, the ICIPRO project has the potential to enhance the technology usage in the Romanian public sector, thus covering IT needs and providing the necessary tools for a more transparent and efficient service delivery model for the citizens and the business environment. Cloud model brings a simplified interaction between citizens and the public administration, reducing the errors, providing rapid access to information, and impressive economies of time and budget.

Related articles:

Interviu cu Costin Matache, CEO Ymens, câștigator al premiului EuroCloud Romania 2016 „Cel mai Mare Impact in Business prin Implementarea Serviciilor Cloud” cu proiectul ICIPRO“, EuroCloud Romania, August 2016

Romanian Winners of EuroCloud Award 2016“, cloud☁ mania, July 2016

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

EuroCloud Award 2016 LogoContinuing the review of the Romanian EuroCloud Award 2016 winners, let’s see more about StarCapture Mobile solution provided by Star Storage, established by the Romanian jury as „The Best Cloud Service for Vertical Markets”.

 

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.

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 optimize operations and increase sales through more effective customers’ engagement.

Catalin Paunescu, Founder and CEO StarStorage

Catalin Paunescu, Founder and CEO StarStorage

“We are happy that we won this award for the second time. It is an honor 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 optimize 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”.

StarCapture Mobile is a solution designed in the Cloud era, being optimized for delivery “as a Service”, both in Star Storage’s data center 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.

Several contracts can be signed directly on the tablet, in a shorter period of time, with a digital signature or biometric signature functionalities, regardless of customer location. Ending of contracts or renewals can be done much simpler and quicker on any tablet using Android, iOS, Windows operating system or on any computer (PC, laptop) which runs on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

StarCapture MobileThe application is available both as cloud service, as a monthly subscription, or on premise, at client’s headquarters, through installation and integration with existing systems.

In Cloud, StarCapture Mobile is offered as a service from Star Storage Tier-3 data center located in Bucharest, with 99.982% guaranteed availability, according to TIA 942 and Uptime Institute, but also from Microsoft Azure with global coverage in over 30 data centers. On top of StarCapture Mobile, the provider added biometrical signature and SEAL, an enterprise information archiving & records management system that enables to capture, transform, index and securely manage an entire electronic archive, while still maintaining the necessary compliance and governance toolsets.

The access to the mobile application is password protected. All the communication between the mobile client and the server is encrypted using HTTPS secure protocol. Every customer who is using the service has his own resource pool ensuring privacy and isolation. Transient captured data and generated electronic documents can also be optionally encrypted assuring a supplemental level of security for the information before reaching its final destination to the customer’s specific business applications/systems.

The solution provides operators and sales team efficiency by accuracy and fast fill in, due to advanced OCR features and biometric signature encapsulated in an easy to use interface and also manageable from back-end level. It also provides flexibility as the application enables configurable application flows for administrators, providing also the necessary freedom to make changes when business conditions require them.

Star Storage is one of the most active Cloud solution providers from Romania, offering a large specter of Cloud services covering many industries. In EuroCloud Award Romania edition from 2015, StarStorage solutions were recognized at two categories: StarVault eHealth as “The Best Cloud service in vertical markets”, and StarVault ElastiCloud as “Most innovative Cloud service”.

 

Related articles:

“Romanian Winners of EuroCloud Award 2016”, cloud☁mania, July 2016

“StarVault ELASTICLOUD – MOST INNOVATIVE CLOUD SOLUTION ESTABLISHED BY EuroCloud AWARD ROMANIA IN 2015”, cloud☁mania, October 2015

“STATUS HEALTHCARE – A HUB FOR DOCTORS AND MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS TO REMOTE INTERACT WITH PATIENTS”, cloud☁mania, September 2015

 

CLOUD MIGRATION PROJECTS FROM ZITEC AWARDED BY EUROCLOUD ROMANIA FOR THE “BEST CLOUD MIGRATION SERVICE”

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Like last year, cloud☁mania will honor the winners of EuroCloud Award Romania 2016 contest with dedicated articles. The first from this articles series is dedicated to the Cloud migration solution implemented by Zitec for a series of clients including international companies. 

Zitec’s Cloud migration service is designed to help companies either migrate an entire application to a public Cloud platform or extend an existing application to the Cloud using a hybrid approach. The service covers all phases of such projects: compatibility audit, effort estimation, planning, migration, cost optimizations, monitoring & alerting.

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Lucian Daia, Head of Custom Solutions at Zitec

“In the last year our solutions targeted more industries than in previous years, so first of all we had to adjust the migration process to strictly regulated areas, such as finance,” said Lucian Daia, Head of Custom Solutions at Zitec. “From a technical perspective, due to increasing size of the migrated applications, we invested more time in performance tests and high availability attributes.  Automatic configuring – Config Management – of all Cloud resources was also a frequent topic in our projects, with positive results in customer management costs decreasing.”

The migration service is suitable for any company. The customer which benefit of Zitec’s Cloud migration services portfolio are successful start-ups or SMEs (such as Borealy, Zonia, LaFemme, etc), big companies (Studio Moderna, Preturi Pentru Tine, Flanco, eMag, Cargus, etc) and multinational corporations (CFR Calatori, ENGIE, Rompetrol KazMunayGas).

The complexity of the migration also covered a large array of server clusters: from several small machines to more than a hundred machines per application. Migrations covered open-source, as well as proprietary technologies, and span both major public cloud platforms: Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Zitec is a Romanian software company specialized in online products and applications development. In the last years, Zitec conducted a series of Cloud migration projects that propelled the company as one of the most dynamics Romanian Cloud providers. A solid prove for this is Zitec performed in EuroCloud Award contest from 2015, where the company’s Cloud migration methodology was recognized in Best Cloud Transformation Methods” category.

 Images Source: zitec.com

Related articles:

Romanian winners of EuroCloud Award 2016”, cloud☁mania, July 2016

“Interviu cu Lucian Daia, Zitec, câștigător al premiului <<Cel mai Bun Serviciu de Migrare în Cloud>>, EuroCloud Romania, July 2016

Cloud migration services from Zitec awarded for Best Cloud transformation methods”, cloud☁mania, October 2015

Castigatorii premiilor EuroCloud Romania 2015”, cloud☁mania, July 2015

 

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