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PICSE is an initiative, funded under the first wave of H2020 1st call, started on the 1st October 2014 in the field of procurement of cloud services for the public sector.

PICSE Roadmap and Guide to Cloud Procurement

The PICSE Roadmap on Cloud Service Procurement for Public Research Organisations

The Roadmap highlights the existing challenges, barriers and trends in procuring cloud services. In addition it presents a precise Call for Action for the three major stakeholders involved in the cloud procurement process: Public Research Sector Organisations, Cloud Service Providers and Policy Makers. Key themes of the call to action: Competences and organisational culture | Innovation in procurement and services | Stimulating the research cloud ecosystem | Moving towards commoditisation | Validating the benefits

Guide to Cloud Procurement

This document is not simply a ‘how to’ guide. Rather, its purpose is to act as a checklist for all those involved in procurement of cloud services including problem-owners, operational staff, contract advisors and solutions providers to establish the extent to which their procurement practices are fit for cloud procurement. Much of the content of this checklist will be familiar to many of its readers. That is to be seen as a good thing. The next step is to consider why and how to address the concepts that are not familiar.

PICSE Wizard facilitating cloud procurement for public research organisations

PICSE Wizard ( Cloud service procurement made easy!
Are you a Procurement official, IT manager or procurement initiator? Then, complete the PICSE wizard easy-to-use services to help you make informed decisions about how to procure cloud services. The PICSE Wizard is a web-based application that public research organisations can use to obtain guidelines on the most suitable model for procuring cloud services, to make a self-assessment and evaluate their procurement procedures. Each checklist comes with a set of recommendations & tips.

Use Case: Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) for a mobile traffic management system in Austria
“I have to say that a PCP process is actually what we were looking for to increase the quality of work and get better results.” - 



Public research organisations

Best practices for knowledge growth in procurement of cloud services and innovative business practices

Procurement specialists

Guidance and checklists on how to design procurement models

Policy makers & funding agencies

Towards more cost effective and innovative public procurement practices

Public sector decision makers

Demonstrating the ability of cloud services to bring benefits and save costs.

Cloud service providers

Showcasing innovative cloud solutions for the public sector

PICSE and Helix Nebula

The idea of PICSE came about & matured with the experience of the Helix Nebula initiative in which all the three partners forming the PICSE consortium (CERN, Coordinator, CSA, Trust-IT Services) are involved. The work performed during the Helix Nebula initiative during its two years pilot phase has shown that cloud services are suitable for scientific workloads performed by public research organisations and they are now prepared to consider procuring commercial cloud services on a significant scale. Public research organisations, representing both international and national research agencies, have prior experience of cross-border procurements.