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 (customers), operational staff, contract advisors and solutions providers (suppliers) 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.
The PICSE Roadmap is the major lasting legacy of PICSE. In addition to highlighting existing challenges, barriers and trends, it provides a landscape of cloud procurement in the European public research sector; proposes actions within the pillar three of the Digital Single Market Strategy which focus on maximising the growth potential of the digital economy; makes relevant recommendations regarding procurement of cloud services for public research organisations in Europe and provides a guide to cloud procurement, supported by best practices adopted worldwide.
This Procurement Roadmap is the main legacy of the project, and includes recommendations and strategic advice for public research organisations by outlining the innovative approaches to the procurement of cloud services. The roadmap offers a view for the next five years.
New release of the "Procuring Cloud Services Today" report enriched with the following three additional case studies: Taking EU institutions to cloud service adoption through an open tender; Joint procurement for cloud brokerage services; A commons cloud credits business model to support and facilitate sharing and reuse of digital objects.
The European Open Science Cloud envisages a trusted, open environment for storing, sharing and re-using scientific data and results and supporting Open Science practices. How procurement practices, cloud contracts and SLAs affect the establishment of such environment? The PICSE (Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe) and SLALOM (Legal & open model terms for cloud SLA and contracts http://slalom-project.eu) H2020-funded projects have been working to answer this question.
This document describes the experience of thirteen public sector organisations across Europe who have carried out a process to procure cloud services, or are considering doing so. The experiences vary in terms of success and offer insights into how the procurement of cloud services is impacting their current processes.
The output s of this document will feed into the PICSE Roadmap on Cloud Service Procurement for public research organisations due in March 2016.
While technology service options continue to evolve, organisational procurement processes and policies have remained firmly rooted in historical practices that are no longer effective. In order for public research organisations of all sizes to take advantage of the best solutions the market has to offer nowadays, a more flexible and agile procurement process must be created and implemented.
On the 20th of January, Sara Garavelli, Trust-IT Services presented the PICSE Roadmap on Cloud Service Procurement for public research organisations at the Open Day event: Towards the European Open Science Cloud.
The presentation includes a summary of the call for action for different stakeholders, namely: public research sector organisations, cloud sevice providers and policy makers.