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Brochure Published: Pre-Commercial Procurement for Beginners

BERLIN, 25th SEPTEMBER 2017. The Cloud for Europe Consortium has created the brochure "Pre-Commercial Procurement for Beginners - Lessons learnt from the Cloud for Europe Project". The brochure gathers knowledge of the project and is aimed at those who want to move forward with their own PCP. It sheds light on the PCP Processes and the question whether PCP is a suitable solution for the individual procurement needs. The brochure deals with topics such as:

The brochure with valuable PCP insights can be downloaded here.

Cloud for Europe Project Completes with Final Closing Event and Workshop

Successful initiation PCP bids from suppliers to create a platform to facilitate cloud-based procurement in Europe

BRUSSELS, 3rd JULY 2017 - Cloud for Europe (C4E) has announced the successful completion of the project by hosting its final closing event and workshop and initiating bids, for the creation of a strong platform, that facilitates cloud-based procurement through the public sector in Europe. The event took place at the Federal Computing Centre (BRZ) in Vienna on 21st June 2017 and was attended by delegates representing 10 countries.

The award-winning Cloud for Europe project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7). The three-year initiative began in 2013, gathering 24 partners from 12 countries to address the objectives of the European Cloud Partnership and helps partners to adopt a well-defined European Cloud Computing Strategy for the public sector.

Linda Strick from the Cloud for Europe project coordinators, Fraunhofer FOKUS, states: “A primary objective of the project was to enable SMEs to participate in European government procurement processes.” Speaking at the event, Strick highlighted the major progress the project has made in this regard, commenting: “Through Cloud for Europe we have successfully initiated Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) bids from suppliers for three separate lots, creating a strong platform that facilitates cloud-based procurement.” The three lots are:

  1. Federated Certified Services Brokerage (FCSB) for EU Public Administration Cloud
  2. Secure Cloud Adapter for Legislation Aware Storage and a Proof of Concept
  3. Legal document in Oasis XML and the Legal Ontology by W3C

The participating organisations in the three lots are: Cap Gemini, CNR - ICAR, NTT DATA, CNR – ICAR, TECNALIA, InterWay, University of Bologna, University of Salento, University of Messina, and Teamnet.

Leire Orue-Echevarria, TECNALIA states: “Cloud for Europe is allowing us to create a tangible asset, in our case the FCSB, closer to the market in a very short time, compared to what would be achieved from a regular research and innovation project. C4E has also allowed us to participate in a project that has market pull, a real need from a stakeholder, rather than technology push, while solving a real research challenge coming from one of the driving economy forces in Europe, the public sector.”

Report: Final Cloud for Europe Conference & Workshop

Published Date 7/3/17. The Final Cloud for Europe (C4E) Conference & Workshop took place on 21.06.2017 in Vienna. C4E supports public sector cloud use as collaboration between public authorities and industry. The project identifies obstacles, finds innovative solutions and builds trust in European cloud computing. C4E uses pre-commercial procurement as an instrument for public sector innovation. The pre-commercial procurement identifies innovative solutions for cloud services that best fit public-sector needs, but also provides better information to public procurers about the potential of cloud services.

50 delegates from 10 countries attended the event, who were welcomed by Daniela Feuersinger, Director, Federal Computing Centre, BRZ and introduced Carl-Markus Piswanger, Partner, BRZ, who described the day’s agenda, which will be focussing on European Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Cloud Solutions.

The 1st Keynote address was made by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Posch, CIO of Austria

Posch described requirements for Cloud in Public Administration, who asked the question - ‘Why are Cloud Services still so Conservative? His answer:

Unless we act now we may get into a situation where we cannot manage.

The 2nd Keynote - Linda Strick, Project Lead of C4E EU Project:

  1. Procurement Process for public sector– started 2013 with Private, Public, Partnership (PPP) and finishing in 2017– with 24 partners – using PCP which is designed to assist SMEs, It is co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7).
  2. There are three phases
    • 1st with 4 bidders for the Solution – 2 months
    • 2nd with 3 bidders for the Prototype – 7 months
    • 3rd with 2 bidders to test Products / Pilot – 5 months

Cloud and Pre-commercial procurement in the public sector - Panel Session

The 3rd Keynote, Antonio Samaritani, Director of Agenda for Digital Italy (AGID)

Contractors presentations on Cloud Services.

Lot 1 was introduced by Peter Webber, Ministray of Finance, Slovakia.

The Federated Certified Services Brokerage (FCSB) for EU Public Administration Cloud awarded 4 contractors who all went to great lengths to present their results with imagination, dexterity and enthusiasm. Each lot was presented by members of the respective consortium.

Lot 2 - Secure, Legislation – Aware Storage

Lot 3 - Legislation Execution Cloud Services – Legal document in Oasis XML and the Legal Ontology by W3C presented by

The event closed with questions and delegate networking. Lorraine Spector & Roger Dean – EEMA (www.eema.org).A Brussels Registered Organisation

Announcement C4E Final Event - 21 June, Austria

Published Date 5/31/17. On the 21st of June the Cloud for Europe project will organize its final event in Austria at the Federal Computing Centre (BRZ) in Vienna. The event is focusing on cloud services, which are the result of the pre-commercial procurement. The contractors will demonstrate their results. It is also an excellent opportunity for the public to participate and see what the project has achieved so far.

The event will be opened with keynotes by Reinhard Posch, Professor at TU Graz and CIO Federal Government Austria, Pearse O’Donohue, Head of Unit for Software & Services in Cloud Computing, European Commission (DG CONNECT) (tbc) and by Antonio Samaritani, Director of AGID.

The day will start with the panel session for public sector Cloud Adoption. Presentations of new services for the public sector cloud market will follow: Federated Certified Services Brokerage for EU Public Administration Cloud. The second session is on Secure, Legislation–Aware Storage. The final session will be on Legislation Execution Cloud Services.

Demonstrations of the cloud services will also take place during breaks.

Please register here: https://eema.wildapricot.org/event-2554724/Registration

EU-project Cloud for Europe wins Innovation-Award

Published Date 11/10/16. The Cloud for Europe project has been awarded with the "National Award for Innovation 2016" of Italy. The project received the award on September 20th 2016 in Rome in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, the Minister of Education, University and Research Stefania Giannini, the Minister for Public Administration Marianna Madia and the President of the Cotec-Foundation Luigi Nicolai.

The award emphasizes the projects important contribution to pre-commercial procurement as an instrument for public sector innovation. The aim of the project is, to identify innovative solutions for cloud services that best fit public sector needs, but also provides better information to public procurers about the potential of cloud services.

The project started in June 2013 and runs until March 2017. It is co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7).

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