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.

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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.

Catalin Paunescu, Founder and CEO StarStorage

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

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.

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

 

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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

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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

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.

 

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”.

 

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

 

GTS TELECOM CLOUD SUITE AWARDED BY EUROCLOUD ROMANIA FOR “BEST CLOUD SERVICE FOR HORIZONTAL MARKETS”

EuroCloud Award 2016 LogoContinuing our review of EuroCloud 2016 awarded solutions here is the winner for a very heavy services category: “Best Cloud service for horizontal markets”. Romanian contest jury established “GTS Telecom Cloud Suite” as the best services in this category.

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 center services in Romania, being positioned as a quality leader in the communications segment for medium and large companies.

Since 2014, the company has made two major investments in its data center infrastructure and cloud services. In May 2015 GTS Telecom increased its Bucharest Data Center surface by 60% after investing 1 million euros into its expansion and modernization and brought its technology up to the latest standards of the time. We continued to invest in our data center and cloud offer, opening a new data center in Cluj-Napoca in March 2016 and completing the implementation phase of a cloud platform on this site in June. This newly installed platform is the second one GTS Telecom owns and operates in Romania and uses the newest versions of VMware virtualization.

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Răzvan Stoica, Managing Director GTS Telecom

Cloud services market is in constant evolution and their adoption rate is a constant one. At the same time, demand for data center services also recorded a visible progress. The number of contracts concluded by GTS Telecom for collocation services and cloud Infrastructure as a Service type (IaaS) increased by an annual average of 25% over the past two years”, declared Răzvan Stoica, Managing Director at GTS Telecom in an interview for EuroCloud Romania.

The GTS Cloud Suite includes public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions that are suitable for organizations 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 centers, offering our clients increased versatility.

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GTS Telecom network

GTS Cloud services include Virtual Private Servers, Virtual Hosting Environments, Network Storage, Backup and on-demand solutions such as Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. We focus our efforts on providing the market with flexible services, the required expert consultancy needed to properly address specific problems and create the most suitable solution and the professional team to implement these solutions and provide full proactive support in 24×7 Network Operations Centers.

GTS Cloud services are focused on delivering added value to our customers through increased flexibility and customization, professionalism of design, implementation and support and high-quality standards. GTS Cloud Suite scalability allow customers access to an elastic pool of computing resources that can be rapidly deployed in response to their business demands.

GTS Telecom has implemented and operates an Information Security Management System in accordance with ISO/IEC 27001 requirements, certified by DNV Business Assurance. Furthermore, GTS is currently in the process of implementing the specific requirements of the ISO/IEC 27018: 2014 standard, part of ISO/IEC 27001.

In 2013, GTS Virtual Hosting Service was recognized by EuroCloud Romania as the “Best Cloud Offer“ in the IaaS category.

Concluding, GTS Telecom Cloud services help customers streamline their business and reduce capital investments, implementation time and the total cost of maintenance. These solutions offer options for unified communications systems, data storage solutions, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, by using the GTS Telecom state-of- the-art data centers and Cloud platforms.

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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

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EuroCloud Romania a dat startul in competitia anului

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Asociatia invita furnizorii romani de servicii cloud sa participe la a patra editie nationala consecutiva EuroCloud Award.

EuroCloud Award 2016 LogoPentru al patrulea an consecutiv, asociatia EuroCloud Romania organizeaza traditionala competitie a premiilor nationale EuroCloud.

Scopul competitiei este de a pune cat mai bine in valoare solutiile inovatoare de Cloud si implementarile de succes. EuroCloud promoveaza in permanenta performantele industriei romanesti de cloud si incurajeaza mentinerea unui climat competitional la nivel regional si continental.

Premiile EuroCloud Romania fac parte din competitia europeana, care si in acest an va aduce in prim plan cele mai inovatoare servicii si proiecte de Cloud din Europa, selectate din cadrul castigatorilor fazei nationale.

Marea surpriza din acest an este ca Gala festiva de decernare a premiilor EuroCloud Europe 2016 va avea loc in cadrul Congresului EuroCloud Europa care se va desfasura la Bucuresti, in perioada 5-6 octombrie 2016. Un juriu de experti independenti ii vor desemna pe cei mai buni dintre cei mai buni in cadrul Galei speciale care va avea loc pe 5 Octombrie 2016 la Hotel Athenee Palace Hilton, in cadrul Congresului EuroCloud 2016.

De ce sunt importante premiile EuroCloud

Premiile EuroCloud promoveaza conceptul Cloud, prezinta cazuri de aplicare a solutiilor Cloud, ofera o larga vizibilitate solutiilor puse in competitie de catre companiile participante si reprezinta o recunoastere nationala si internationala a competentelor si proiectelor lor.

Pentru a aplica si inregistra compania dvs in concurs va rugam sa cititi cu atentie Termenii si Conditiile competitiei

si sa completati FORMULARUL ONLINE.

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Ce aveti de castigat?

Castigatorii premiilor EuroCloud Romania 2016 vor primi un pass de intrare gratuit la EuroCloud Forum 2016 Bucuresti si la Gala Premiilor EuroCloud Europa. Evenimentul anual al organizatiei EuroCloud Europa se va desfasura sub tema „Digital Single Market – Creating New Frontiers in European Cloud” si va aduce impreuna 1000 participanti din toata Europa la Romexpo Bucuresti in perioada 5-6 Octombrie 2016. Pentru mai multe detalii va rugam vizitati siteul evenimentului la http://forum.eurocloud.org

De asemenea solutiile castigatoare la nivel national vor fi incluse in catalogul nominalizarilor la Premiile EuroCloud Europa care va fi distribuit cu ocazia EuroCloud Forum 2016.

Castigatorii concursului vor fi prezentati intr-un interviu care va fi publicat pe siteul EuroCloud.ro cat si pe siteul partenerilor EuroCloud.

Categoriile puse in competitie

Pentru furnizorii de solutii sau servicii cloud

  • Cel mai bun serviciu cloud pentru piete orizontale – Aceasta categorie va evidentia serviciile cloud care pot fi folosite in diferite segmente orizontale de piata, cum ar fi aplicatiile ERP, CRM, serviciile IaaS, etc.
  • Cel mai bun serviciu cloud pentru piete verticale – In aceasta categorie vor intra serviciile cloud care vin in sprijinul clientilor din piete verticale, cum ar fi in Logistica, Agricultura, Industria Hoteliera si altele.
  • Cel mai bun serviciu de cloud Startup – In aceasa categorie focusul va fi pus pe serviciile cloud oferite de startupuri romanesti.
  • Cel mai bun serviciu de migrare in cloud – Acesta categorie e destinata consultantilor, integratorilor, furnizorilor de servicii cu valoare adaugata si urmareste sa recompenseze organizatiile romanesti care au atins un nivel de excelenta in oferirea de servicii de migrare in cloud.

 Pentru utilizatori de solutii sau servicii cloud

  • Cel mai mare impact in business – Acest premiu va fi atribuit unei organizatii uilizatoare de servicii cloud, adesea ajutata, promovata sau sponsorizata de catre furnizorul serviciului cloud.

 

Pentru alte amanunte legate de costurile participarii, termenul de admitere a candidaturii, criteriile de apreciere, cine poate candida,  cum va puteti inscrie in concurs si componenta juriului vizitati pagina oficiala EuroCloud Awards 2016.

 

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