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CloudingSMEs Newsletter

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The CloudingSMEs support action is a joint effort of SME Associations, SMEs and clouding computing experts, which will act as a catalyst for the accelerated and successful adoption of cloud computing by European SMEs. The project will take a comprehensive approach to cloud computing by SMEs, which will consider both supply side (i.e. innovative ICT SMEs with expertise on cloud computing) and demand side (i.e. use of the cloud by SMEs) needs.

CloudingSMES present at the Cloud Scape VII
– Brussels 9th March 2015

The partners UEAPME, EuroCloud and PROMIS participated to this event presenting the project. PROMIS had the opportunity to demonstrate the CloudingSMEs interactive services to stakeholders and partners of other Cloud projects.

EuroCloud prepard the session:

and contributed a white paper in reference to findings by CloudingSMEs in the congress publication “Insights” as PDF


CloudingSMEs participated to Concertation Meeting in the framework of the Net Future
– Brussels 25th & 26th March 2015.

This the third CloudWATCH Concertation meeting looks at future directions for software services and cloud in Europe, highlighting new opportunities for novel research and innovation to ensure Europe remains a world leader. The meeting takes stock of new services going to market in the near future assessing their go-to-market scenarios, user experience and potential barriers to uptake. It concludes with a call to action on the most pressing challenges for market uptake, defining practical steps that can be taken.

More information can be found at:

Clouding SMEs at CeBIT

This year’s CeBIT was a full success, especially for the BITMi and its projects. The BITMi Pavilion has increased significantly by comparison to the preceding year. In keeping with the motto of the seals of approval “Software Made in Germany” and “Software Hosted in Germany” six BITMi members gathered at eight workstations.

The EU-Project Clouding SMEs was also represented by BITMi and attracted keen interest from the Pavilion’s visitors. Clouding SMEs is to show viable visions for the optimal introduction and use of Cloud Computing. For successfully anchoring the visions within the target group, SMEs, Cloud allies and political decision-makers realize diverse short-term to long-term activities.

CeBIT is the worldwide largest and most significant ICT leading fair. It has been held since 1986 annually in spring and takes place at the Hannover Exhibition Center. In this year 221,000 visitors from the IT-industry, journalists and delegations members attended the CeBIT, almost one quarter from abroad.

CloudingSMEs workshop in Greece
– Athens 25th February 2015

The partners UEAPME and EBS Organized, planned and conducted a CloudingSMEs workshop, which took place in Piraeus, February 25th, 2015. The workshop was organized jointly with UEAPME and its  Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) ( member.
The workshop attracted 35 participants (SME) mainly from the retail sector.

The conference included short speeches by the president and director general of the confederation, which showed interest on the subject and expressed interest for follow-up actions. Furthermore, both referred to EU studies regarding the potential benefits of the cloud in general and for SMEs of the retail sector in particular.

There was great interest shown around e-commerce (due to its growing momentum in Greece) and how e-commerce could be supported via cloud services (E-shops as a Service).

Α link to materials and video of the workshops is available (by the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce) at:

The workshop appeared also on Greek TV (SKAI TV) (one the most popular news broadcasters in Greece): (1:09:45)

CloudingSMEs workshop in Italy
– Milan 25th March 2015

The partner ECIPA Lombardia, organized the Milan workshop “Digital skills for the development of the Italian economy, development of digital skills in Italy” was centered on the analysis of the new digital scenario, and a particular focus was given to cloud computing, to which the afternoon session was fully dedicated. The CloudingSMEs project was presented, and also the possibilities that cloud technologies offer to SMEs, as well as risks associated with it and best practices in order to prevent business losses.

The workshop was attended by 21 participants (plus speakers and ECIPA/CNA Lombardia personnel), mostly professionals in the ICT sector and/or ICT SMEs, some representatives of other regional CNA branches and some participants from the university sector.

Cloud Computing – Get Involved Setting the Standards.

  • Survey into Cloud standards and Cloud customer requirements being carried out by the CSC with the EC and ETSI
  • Cloud customers, large and small: Call for participation
  • Study to investigate needs, objectives, challenges and areas of concern in typical Cloud Computing scenarios
The Cloud Standards Coordination (CSC) is undertaking a survey on Cloud standards and Cloud customer requirements, in collaboration with the European Commission and the ETSI (European Telecommunication Standards Institute). The first phase of this study was completed and published in 2013. Phase 2 of the study, launched in February this year, mainly addresses Cloud Computing customers on the Cloud-related requirements and priorities, as well as assessing the maturity of Cloud Computing standards and evaluating how standards can support customer priorities.

The Phase 2 survey is designed to collect feedback from the Cloud Computing community in terms of needs, objectives, challenges and areas of concern in typical Cloud Computing scenarios, and to evaluate the perceived maturity of Cloud Computing standards.

The survey is targeting current and future Cloud customers in the private and public sectors, SMEs as well as large organizations in all vertical sectors. Other stakeholders from the entire Cloud Computing eco-system (e.g. Cloud Computing providers) are also invited to participate.

The survey is available at

All responses to the survey will be handled according to a strict confidentiality policy. Answers will be shared and used only amongst the ETSI CSC Phase 2 experts. Only aggregated results will be published.

The report from Phase 1 of the study can be found here.
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Accelerating the adoption, deployment and use of Cloud Computing by SMEs

EU funded Project by 7th FRAME WORK PROGRAMM
FP7 No. 609604

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