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.

Session 6 on e-Procurement just started

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A few points from the presentation of Sara Piller, Deputy Head of Unit, Economic Analysis and e-Procurement, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission:

Since e-Procurement became mandatory, Portugal reports savings reaching 6-12% of the total expenditure. Austria reported up to 18 % savings of the total spend. So why is e-Procurement not developing at a faster pace? The technology is there. The issue is overcoming inertia, fears and manage change. Current progress is slow – we need the savings so we must give a push to e-Procurement implementation. Governments shodul simply make e-Procurement the norm.

A huge potential of mobility

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Jackie Morin the Head of Unit in charge of Coordination of Social Security Schemes and Free Movement of Workers,DG EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS & INCLUSION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION explained about Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) connecting national electronic environments of the Member States.

Cross border internet shopping in Europe: significant room to grow

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Ken Ducatel, Head of Unit, Digital Agenda: Policy Co-ordination, DG INFSO, European Commission:

Ken Ducatel, Head of Unit, Digital Agenda: Policy Co-ordination, DG INFSO, European Commission: “Only 9% of online shoppers in Europe buy from another country. 60% of cross border internet shopping orders fail due to technical or legal reasons.”

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Some shots from the ending session Governments and Global Single Market (SESSION 4)

Steve Purser on the EU consumer trading privacy over ‘shiny’ gadgets

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Steve Purser, Head of the Technical Competence Department, European Network and Information Security Agency – ENISA, comments on the recent trend of the consumers in European Union to prefer iPads, iPods and gadgets alike, predominated by supremacy in design, over concerns of their private data, its privacy and security in the digital age.

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