We are spreading the word: an easier cloud computer software is possible!
The European SMEs, which have recently faced contract-related problems using cloud computer services, are invited to voice them, and contribute to the better cloud computing environment in Europe. Your data has been lost or destructed? Have you faced the unforeseen fees for the portability of data? Contractual terms and conditions were not clear or were unilaterally modified? If you can identify with these or similar issues, you are invited to fill in the survey here and influence the future of cloud computing services in Europe.
The purpose of this survey is to identify the problems that SMEs in the EU encounter by using cloud computing services. The survey serves as part of a bigger study which analyzes the economic damage to SMEs arising from unfair and unbalanced cloud computing contracts. The study will provide economic evidence for assessing the need for any further EU actions, be they legislative, soft law, awareness raising or other, to increase SMEs’ trust in cloud computing services and to allow them to fully reap the cost savings and other benefits stemming from cloud computing.
Target audience: SMEs who use cloud computing services and who are established in one of the 12 selected Member States and are active in one of the 5 selected economic sectors.
Member States selected: the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Spain, and The Netherlands.
Economic sectors selected (and their corresponding NACE codes): manufacturing (C); the wholesale and retail trade (G); professional, scientific and technical activities (M69-M74); administrative and support service activities (N); information and communication (J).
Period of consultation: from 13/04/2018 to 04/05/2018.
The study is carried out by Ernst & Young and commissioned by the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.
This information is taken from digitalsme.eu
UNICORN took part in the fourth edition of Startup Olé, held in Salamanca (Spain) from April the 17th to the 19th, with the support of Startup Europe (European Commission). The event is one of the most important events for the international tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The event gathered startups-spinoffs and tech-digital talent with investors, accelerators, universities, public administrations and media outlets.
Cloud Incubator HUB, one of the UNICORN members, had a booth at Startup Olé on behalf of the consortium and interacted with entrepreneurs and several stakeholders in the Spanish economic sector. They showed a real interest in UNICORN’s innovations for startups and SMEs in the field of cloud computing, as they will help small business with less ressources.
In fact, visitors made questions on the contest that will be organized in winter 2018 for testing the UNICORN platform. This UNICORN Innovation Contest was explained to all interested attendees, ranging from established SMEs to early startups that also visited the event.
This initiative aims to increase UNICORN awareness and ensure its continuity. A community of early UNICORN platform adopters will be responsible of the evaluation of developments and results.
Spain is the next stop for UNICORN‘s tour across Europe. It is a special occasion for the Consortia, as the project is going to be showcased at Startup Olé: one of the big events of entrepreneurship in this country.
UNICORN will have a booth there to spread the word about the innovations that project members are developing in benefit of entrepreneurs.
Startup Olé -funded by Startup Europe– gathers startups-spinoffs and tech-digital talent with corporates, investors, accelerators, universities, public administrations and media outlets.
The upcoming edition is taking place 17-19 April in Salamanca. It will connect over 7.000 attendees, 500 startups, 60 accelerators, 50 big corporates, 350 speakers, 40 public administrations and 70 investors with an investment portfolio of over €7.000 M.
Software developers acknowledged UNICORN efforts! They expressed their interest in the tools offered by UNICORN, and their intentions to use it, as UNICORN was presented at the third international Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Forum) in Cyprus last November.
UNICORN cloud-computing software will ameliorate developers’ and entrepreneurs’ daily work.
Here are some ideas shared by the project partners:
Software providers can focus on their core offerings and let Unicorn smartly handle elasticity, security and performance of their cloud services’, explains Sotiris Koussouris, from Suite5, one of the partners taking part in this project financed by the European Commission.
Besides, he states that this innovation will minimise operating expenses and maximise quality of service for their customers.
In addition to this, there are more good news for developers. Unicorn is empowering them to use high-level model-driven design tools to specify context-aware security and privacy solutions. This will enforce security and privacy policies in real time, according to Manos Papoutsakis, of FORTH, other partner from the UNICORN consortia.
In consequence, Papoutsakis underlines that ‘these tools will drastically reduce time-to-market for SMEs developing services for the global IT market, enabling them to rapidly design and build robust solutions that can be automatically deployed in multi-cloud infrastructures‘.
In line with these features, UNICORN allows developers to choose which parts of the application are deployed to which providers, and how all services are going to be orchestrated, as Diego Alonso – representative a from Cloud Incubator HUB– stresses.
What about security and data confidentiality? These are two of the biggest problems in software development. Alonso considers that compatibility with mainstream cloud providers and containerisation technologies will ease application deployment and scalability and will keep data secure.
To sum up, UNICORN will reduce costs of money and time for SMEs and startups when it comes to their cybersecurity and cloud computing management.
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UNICORN will take part in an event in Cartagena (Spain) on the framework of SEC2U. This initiative gathers European universities in order to boost entrepreneurship and innovation across the academic community.
SEC2U goal is to showcase local universities, opportunities and support for businesses, success stories and cases of failure as a way of learning. Besides, it offers a networking time for participants.
Cloud Incubator HUB-one of the UNICORN partners-will present project innovations at this conference. It is a great opportunity for promoting UNICORN model for the improvement of cloud computing services for entrepreneurs, SMEs and startups.
Andrés Iborra, Director of the UNICORN partner Cloud Incubator HUB, together with the colleague Mr. Diego Alonso will participate in the event. Diego Alonso will also take a lead in moderating the panel discussions, and spreading news about the UNICORN.
24/10/2017 – 17:00-20:0o
Technical University of Cartagena –
Plaza de las Culturas, S/N
Cloud Computing has reached virtually all areas of society and its impact on service development, production, provision and consumption is manifold and far-reaching. Inevitably, as recent studies and our Stakeholder and Requirement Analysis study of 20 personalized interviews with potential stakeholders suggest, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Startups tend to embrace cloud computing to run parts of their application
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