A Weather Forecast on Cloud

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Erik van Zuuren, Director Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services, Belgium

Erik van Zuuren, Director Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services, Belgium

Erik van Zuuren, Director Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services, Belgium on eIdentity and eAuthentification as they relate to Cloud services.

Says Mr. van Zuuren, Cloud is not just another outsourcing initiative. Specific points to consider include:

  • Data control and ownership
  • Data backup, retention and disposal
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Legal compliance
  • Assurance of Clients on the protection and controls
  • Scalability
  • Security and encryption
  • User management and access control
  • Audit and monitoring

Video: Angela Russo, CONSIP S.p.A, Italy

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Watch Angela Russo, CONSIP S.p.A, Italy, Moderator of the popular e-Procurement afternoon session.

“Cloud computing can be Europe’s medicine for its economic and societal challenges”

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John Vassallo, Vice-President EU Affairs, Microsoft EMEA

John Vassallo, Vice-President EU Affairs, Microsoft EMEA

John Vassallo, Vice-President EU Affairs, Microsoft EMEA is optimistic about the opportunities that the Cloud will represent for Europe, especially for SMEs.

Cloud will enable SMEs to cut the “IT red tape” and enable SMEs to focus on their core business. In the health sector there are huge opportunities. This is important because of the ageing population. Thanks to the cloud and interconnected systems, education must and will be able to do much more with much less…

Cloud can deliver significant cost savings. Target areas include e-Health, Environment and e-Education. Remain to address security and data privacy issues and management of transitioning to the Cloud. Also, Europe needs policies to make the deployment simpler.

World Bank’s Samia Melhem on Global e-Procurement

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Watch an impromptu interview with Samia Melhem, Sr. Operations Officer of Global ICT at the World Bank at the Global Forum 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

Cloud Services for EU Institutions and Adminsitration

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Karl de Vriendt Advisor to the Director-General, DG INFORMATICS, European Commission

Karl de Vriendt Advisor to the Director-General, DG INFORMATICS, European Commission

At the cloud computing in public services and the vision for the coming year in EU session Tuesday morning, Karl De Vriendt of DG Informatics, opined on the future of cloud computing.  “We are looking for possibilities having clouds for institutions and administrations for the moment”, said Mr. de Vriendt. He also pointed on the huge markets possibilities for cloud computing in EU, but fewer standards on data privacy.

Cloud Computing and Italy’s vision for Open Government

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The Italian vision for Open Government: as part of the renewal of the Italian public administration a new business model is being defined including PA2.0, G-Cloud and Open Data.

Details on these initatives were provided by Gaetano Santucci, Manager Competence Center Unit, CONSIP S.p.A, Italy as part of the second day keynote session.

Day 2 program just started with keynote session on Cloud Computing

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Karel De Vriendt, Advisor to the Director-General, DG INFORMATICS, European Commission gives his perspective on the EU’s policy on Cloud computing.

Session 4. Main topics

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Session 4 GOVERNMENTS AND GLOBAL SINGLE MARKET Opportunities, challenges and threats of an increased INTEROPERABILITY between States
Covered topics:
• Cross Country Collaboration:
• Social security and social services
• Employment
• Justice
• Taxation and Customs
• Citizens mobility
• Boarder protection
• Combining eGovernment and mGov
• Co-Production of Public Services
• Open Government
• Smart Cities
Cross Country Collaboration can help to improve Social security and social services especially nowadays when migration is very intensive within and outside European Countries . In addition, citizens mobility raises even more challenges for Local, national and transnational authorities. How Wiebke Pankauke stated “Brain gain instead of brains drain” for this better collaboration and communications between public authorities are necessary. Jackie Morin pointed that in order to improve social security and services different systems of countries do not have to be harmonized but connected. E-tools which creation is in the process will raise appetite to cooperate.
Alan Shark stated that we already have single market but with thousands of problems and we are still living in the analogue market. Data protection, identity management and restoration of Citizens trust are one of the challenges which US is facing now. However, 9/11 woke up US.
In addition, mane e-projects and new communication channels were presented, for instance SOLVIT which is on-line problem solving network whose clients are citizens and business. Success rate is 80%. EESSI Networking is a European Commission project which is working with assuring that Member States exchange data electronically and many others.

Further benefits of e-Procurement

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Says Sara Piller, Deputy Head of Unit, Economic Analysis and e-Procurement, DG Internal:  “In addition to cost savings, e-Procurement also improves transparency, auditability and tracking of spend across different criteria.”

GF 11: Session 5 Regulatory challenges and opportunities in a digital world

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“Data Traffic as main challenge ahead  for EU telecoms sector in the years to come” –Thierry Dieu, acting director, European Public Telecom Network Operator’ Association-ETNO

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