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.
Bob Jones, CERN and PICSE coordinator, attended the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) workshop on the 27-28 October 2015. The main objective was to understand the role of PCP and PPI instruments in the European procurement landscape.
The acquisition of IT services is a key function in any organisation, public or private. Cloud computing means new ways of procuring services. In this session we’ll look at how the public sector and the research community can best procure cloud services and identify priorities for themselves and for policy makers. Key objectives of the session are: a). Identify common issues and understand how others have overcome them, b). Understand how/if innovative procurement instruments can improve procurement processes, c) Define priorities to support the definition of a preliminary Roadmap to Procurement of cloud services which responds directly to the European Council’s call for a single market in cloud computing.
On the 16th of October, Sara Garavelli, Trust-IT Services & PICSE representative, talked about PCP and PPP trends and user stories in Europe at the Euritas Summit highlighting the main European trends in pre-commercial procurement and public-provate partnership initiatives with a focus on cloud computing.
Bob Jones, CERN & PICSE Coordinator & Helix Nebula Initiative co-chair, attended the Eurocloud forum held in Barcelona as an invited speaker to present the work of Helix Nebula, PICSE, the future HNSciCloud PCP project and plans for the European Open Science Cloud.
NIST is hosting its eight Cloud Computing Forum &Workshop on July 7-10, 2015. The format is a 4-dayEvent with the first day focusing on Cloud Standards (organized by ISO/IEC JTC1 SC38) followed by 3-days of Talks and Panels centered on specific areas of research and development in the cloud environment.
The event will cover a number of topics including
The Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud FP7 support action built the premises of the hybrid cloud model that brought together public research organisations and e-Infrastructures with commercial cloud suppliers to create a growing ecosystem for innovation. The Helix Nebula Initiative has been pursuing this rationale in order to build a common platform offering a range of services to Europe’s research communities and to promote the exploitation of the results of publicly funded infrastructures by many market sectors. The PICSE support action supports the initiative by addressing the challenges of procuring cloud services in the research sector.
On the 22-23 June 2015, Bob Jones, CERN & PICSE Coordination and Helix Nebula Initiative Chair, attended the workshop "A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation". This workshop brought together participants from key research and innovation organisations to discuss EU policies on three interconnected topics: Open Science, the European Research Area and Innovation.
Over 70 representatives from central/local government procurement agencies, ICT companies, funding agencies and procurement experts attended the event to discuss how public sector organizations are successfully dealing with ICT "lock-in".