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.
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.
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.
This paper provides public sector organizations guidance on addressing common challenges with cloud computing services procurement and will reflect alignment with the Federal Government’s “Cloud First” policy per the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.
The EU's research and innovation programs FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 fund projects in which groups of procurers from different countries around Europe are jointly implementing Pre-Commercial Procurements(PCP)s or Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPIs), as well as coordination and networking projects that prepare the ground for future PCP or PPIs.
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This study provides quantitative estimates of the impact of cloud computing on the EU economy by 2020. The study looks at the potential economic impact that the adoption of cloud-based computing solutions by the public and private sector could have on EU economy as a whole.
On April 2015, CERN published the paper "Towards the Open European Science Cloud". The paper outlines the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a Service to the public research sector in Europe.