“Technology can only serve as a bridge, never as a destination.”
recent weeks there has been plenty of activity around the Cloud
Computing bridge with way too much emphasis on jargon and
technicalities. The Intellect SaaS Group has started and is just about to publish a white paper to address that issue. BASDA has formed a Cloud SIG. Last week’s Cloud panel at Softworld was a missed opportunity. The Cloud Computing World Forum happens this week, and there are plenty of product announcements. Today a new initiative is announces called EuroCloud.
I’m hoping this industry group can provide some clarity and direction
to the whole Cloud topic, but it will be up to the founding members to
focus on the destination rather than the components of the bridge.
is Europe’s first ever SaaS and cloud services business community led
by Pierre-José Billotte, President and Founder of the French ASP
Forum. He has put together a team of SaaS & Cloud Computing
players from the UK, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain
along with quite a diverse group of vendor companies in support. The
launch partners include Amazon Web Services, Cloudberry Associates,
Cloudmore, Compubase, Dassault Systèmes, E-Kenz, Emailvision, Esker,
Huddle, INES, Ipsca, McAfee, Microsoft Corporation, Mimecast, MrTed,
NTRglobal, Odyssee Mobile, Oodrive, OpSource, Panda Software, Procullux
Ventures, Qualys, RunMyProcess, Saas-it Consult, salesforce.com,
Servoy, STS Group, SuccessFactors and Twinfield. That covers every
kind of Cloud provider from large corporations to agile small
businesses, across Software, Platform and Infrastructure as a Service.
The group will need to take care to get its messaging coherent.
My friend and blogging colleague Phil Wainewright, independent analyst on emerging software industry trends at Procullux Ventures, is leading the UK group. He said:
supporting the EuroCloud initiative in the UK because it represents a
tremendous opportunity to promote best practices and business benefits
of SaaS and cloud services across Europe. Cloud computing is a major
force for aligning IT with business requirements, delivering results
faster and with greater visibility and transparency to actual IT costs.
EuroCloud will raise public awareness of these benefits and accelerate
adoption, helping European businesses remain competitive in today’s
globally connected economy.”
I’m delighted Phil has invited me in at the start. Here’s the full press release. First we are calling for members
to join us so that we get good representation from across our
industry. After that, we need to focus on clear messaging so that
European businesses understand the benefits of the Cloud, as well as
working on common standards for inter-operability, data security and
(Cross-posted @ Business Two Zero)