Clouding SMEs - Acting as a catalyst for the accelerated and successful adoption of cloud computing by European SMEs

Focus: Acting as a catalyst for the accelerated and successful adoption of cloud computing by European SMEs. Clouding SMEs brings together SME associations, SMEs and cloud experts to look at both the supply side, mapping innovative ICT SMEs with expertise on cloud, and the demand side, identifying SMEs that can benefit from adoption. Clouding SMEs will define a vision for the optimal adoption and use of cloud computing within SME communities and a roadmap to achieve it.

Coordinator: UEAPME - European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Enterprises, Belgium

Partnership: EuroCloud Germany; PIN SME, Belgium; BITMI, Germany; PROMIS@Service, Luxembourg; EBS, Greece; CLOUDZONE, Germany; ECIPA LOMBARDIA, Italy

Impact: Mobilising and coordinating an SME-centric approach to cloud computing. Unifying and consolidating the requirements of SMEs for cloud deployment and ensuring a common voice. Creating a toolbox for SMEs to assist SMEs in evaluating key factors determining their transition to the cloud and enriching it with best practices. Defining a vision with roadmaps to achieve it and investigating policy issues, ranging from guidelines to socioeconomic and legal issues.

Funding: European Commission, DG Connect, Software & Services, Cloud, 7th Framework Programme, FP7-ICT Call 10.

Position Paper: http://www.cloudwatchhub.eu/concertation-position-papers/clouding-smes-acting-catalyst-accelerated-and-successful-adoption-cloud

Website: www.cloudingsmes.eu