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Thursday, 09 February 2017 15:54

European Cloud Alliance offers advice on trends in 2017

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The European Cloud Alliance, a new group representing European businesses across the cloud value-chain

has identified ten trends which will impact businesses providing, consuming or building on cloud services in Europe this year. Advice to businesses and governments includes:

  • Make an early decision to hire a data protection officer for GDPR compliance – they will soon be in short supply.
  • Get to know FIDO and eIDAS – emerging trends in authentication and identity management poised to revolutionise logging onto cloud       services.
  • Consider how to leverage Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics and super-computing in your business. Thanks to the cloud these are now within reach of virtually any business.

    Consider the emerging Fog-Computing trend in relation to decisions about where and what sort of data centres to build and use.

“2017 will be a watershed in the development and adoption of the cloud by businesses in Europe,” commented Kim Gagné, the executive director of the European Cloud Alliance. “Although key legislation and regulation is due to come into force in 2018, now is the time for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors across Europe to prepare to make the best of these emerging opportunities.”

The European Cloud Alliance believes that these trends are important not just to those already involved in the cloud marketplace, but to all businesses looking for opportunities to grow and adapt their businesses to the digital market. The full paper which outlines ten trends and offers advice to both businesses and governments is available to download here.

The European Cloud Alliance was created to promote the benefits of the cloud to European businesses and to advocate for a supportive regulatory environment. The Alliance membership comprises only European businesses, but represents the whole cloud value chain from platform providers, through application developers to those building businesses in the cloud and organisations using cloud services to create efficiencies or growth in existing business.

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