Technology Round-up and Market Readiness Report
The first CloudWATCH2 Concertation meeting provided an opportunity for the four EC clusters to showcase the results of their first year of activities by identifying challenges and priorities for the 2018-2020 Work Programme. The work of the clusters represents a step forward for the European Commission and the projects in terms of tangible evidence that projects are coming together and contributing collaboratively to lay out a way forward towards the Digital Single Market. The Clusters also hosted information stands at the Net Futures 2016 event. CloudWATCH2 supported the Data Protection, Security and Privacy cluster in organising the stand and provided material such as a dedicated pop-up banner for the cluster, a rolling ppt to which projects contributed and CloudWATCH2 fliers.
The day before the Concertation meeting (19 April) CloudWATCH2 participated at a meeting organised by the clusters. Here it was agreed that Lucio Scudiero, ICT Legal & CloudWATCH2 will chair the working group on Trust, interoperability and data protection. Michel Drescher, Oxford University & CloudWATCH2 also presented a workshop on the Cluster Application.
In addition, the day before the event saw the communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market.
Interoperability and portability standards for Cloud Computing
Key to the success of a digital single market are interoperability and portability standards for Cloud Computing that are ubiquitous, pervasive, and compulsory, and are enforced on a European and national level. Non-standardised markets proliferate segmentation, ring-fencing and often national-first interest. Standardisation, on the other hand, lowers the market-entry barrier for both service providers and service consumers.
CloudWATCH2 has since responded to the communication, identifying how outputs from CloudWATCH (2013-2015) and CloudWATCH2 address standardisation for interoperability, portability and security. Information has been provided on CloudWATCH2 online tools and services which help to educate CSCs on these issues as well as cloud contracts, how SMEs and public administrations can better manage risk and the impact of greater standardisation and transparency in terms of the continued growth of the cloud market.
Indeed, since the Concertation meeting CloudWATCH2 has contacted all active projects in Unit E2 to answer a simple survey which will be used to provide a mapping of standards in use in FP7 and H2020 projects, identify the most common standard implementation use cases, pinpoint gaps in standards and provide a list of recommended priorities for new standardization efforts
The Concertation meeting was also a key opportunity to showcase outputs of the project so far.
- Firstly, the CloudWATCH2 Cluster Application which should be used by both projects and the clusters to identify natural clusters of projects based on their common relationship to the defining features of cloud services based on the NIST model of defining characteristics. Since the Concertation meeting CloudWATCH2 has been driving forward this activity firstly by improving the user experience of the tool and then by working with projects who have provided data and highlighting the benefits of using the tool to identify projects with similar or the same priorities.
- Secondly, the Concertation meeting saw the further evolution of the Service Offer Catalogue with projects enriching their service offers by providing further information on target stakeholder groups and target vertical markets. By combining this information with the technical priorities collected through the Cluster Application, CloudWATCH2 will now provide an improved Service Offer Catalogue with services searchable by these categories. In addition, service offers have been linked directly to the AppHub Directory.
- Thirdly, the first iteration of the Preliminary Roadmap to a Cloud Market Structure Encouraging Pricing Transparency was presented at the event outlining a set of recommendations for policy makers and industry. Since the event, CloudWATCH2 has been supporting the procurement process for the HNSciCloud project and this will make up a case study for the next iteration of the Roadmap in July 2017.
- Finally, and related very much to the Roadmap, the event saw a workshop dedicated to how projects can better carry out exploitation activities and target market uptake. The session was chaired by an external expert in Frank Bennett, a Cloud Computing specialist who advises ITC companies on business model design and go-to-market with partners. The session highlighted best practices from a number of projects and showed how projects had taken on board recommendations from the 2015 CloudWATCH Concertation meeting.
Since the Concertation meeting, CloudWATCH2 has provided tailored support to the MUSA project on how their project outputs can be deployed and to which user groups, and what commercial alternatives are already available. CloudWATCH2 will organise highly tailored Business Modelling Workshops for up to 3 projects from the EC clusters.
The purpose will be to advise them on their exploitation and sustainability planning.
With the second Concertation Meeting planned for April 2017, CloudWATCH2 will follow up this activity at the CloudForward 2016 conference organised by the HolaCloud project. CloudWATCH2 will also support a joint workshop targeting SMEs in collaboration with three other Coordinated Support Actions: AppHub, HolaCloud and SLA-Ready.