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DG CONNECT WORKSHOP 13-11-2015 Procurement of cloud services in europe: how the PICSE wizard can make a difference

13/11/2015 - 15:30

Under Digital Agenda, the European Commission commits itself through Action 23 to provide guidance on the link between ICT Standardisation and Public Procurement in order to help public authorities use standards to promote efficiency and reduce lock-in.

To promote the usage of Open ICT Standards and effectively reduce lock-in, DG CONNECT launched the “Open ICT Standards for Public Procurement: Fostering interoperability” workshop. The workshop was held in Brussels on 13 November 2015 starting from 9:00 am.

The Workshop was a great opportunity to meet MSP members, procurement managers, policymakers and ICT suppliers to discuss how to effectively reduce lock-in by using Open ICT Standards.

 Main goals of the event were:

  • Present the European Catalogue of ICT technical specification for public procurement and how it will contribute to the Digital Single Market
  • Provide some suggestions on how to reduce lock-in when procuring ICT
  • Share good practice examples on how to procure ICT on the basis of standards.

Sara Garavelli, Trust-IT Services, gave a presentation on PICSE Wizard and how it can benefit the process of procuring cloud services entitled "PROCUREMENT OF CLOUD SERVICES IN EUROPE: HOW THE PICSE WIZARD CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE".

Following the release of the PICSE report “Procuring cloud services today”, that includes testimonials from ten public sector organisations across Europe that have either carried out a process of procuring cloud services, or are considering doing so, PICSE launched its Wizard, designed to help these organisations overcome a set of barriers in procuring cloud services. The Wizard is a web-based application that European procurers and IT managers can use to obtain guidelines on the most suitable model for procuring cloud services, to make a self-assessment and evaluate their procurement procedures. The tool includes a set of recommendations that can guide the user during the cloud procurement process while also raising awareness of the innovative procurement instruments made available by the EC such as PCP & PPI instruments. The tool has been built after an intensive consultation with major stakeholders in the sector.


The other presentations form the workshop are avilable here.

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