Cloud as an enabler for Digital Single Market

This session is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, this is an opportunity to meet and share experiences, challenges and solutions. At this session, you are encouraged you to share your thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.
As cloud services know no national boundaries, as such European citizens consume them irrespective of their own geographic location, recent incidents are demanding better protection for citizens consumer protection, or data privacy, rather than blindly clicking ‘agree’.
Will national authorities restrict services within national borders in order to protect their citizens’ rights? Which in turn leads to the question how can future research & innovation of cloud computing act as an enabler for the Digital Single Market?
This session aims to
  • summarise recent industry events (security breaches, legal cases, technology advances);
  • highlight the challenges that these events present;
  • discuss future research & innovation.
This session will be run as an unconference according to the principles of Open Space events that build a strong sense of community
This two hour session will begin with a summary of the unconference format and an introduction from speakers from both HP and Intel to present topics as a framework for discussion during the session. 
In advance of the conference, project co-ordinators and conference delegates have been invited to volunteer to prepare very short introductions to lead discussions on key topics of cloud computing research.  These have been grouped into topics:
  1. “Data Protection, Security, and Privacy by Design” with Erkuden Rios Velasco from TECNALIA Research & Innovation in Spain in collaboration with Oriol Farràs from Rovira i Virgili University in Spain / CLARUS project
  2. “Technical and Non-Technical Research & Innovation Challenges, Cloud Architectures to Improve Management and Efficiency” with Ana Juan Ferrer from Atos / ASCETiC project
  3. “Inter-Cloud Interoperability, Performance, and Procurement” with Karim Djemame from Leeds University / ASCETiC project
  4. “Fog Computing: Densely Interconnected and Decentralised Cloud Infrastructures” with Pedro Garcia Lopez from the Engineering and Mathematics Department at the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain
There will be a breakout room for each topic, giving everyone the opportunity to further discuss the topics that require more in depth discussion within that framework for about an hour.  In addition, extra rooms will also be provided to discuss other topics, such as: Regulation, Labels and Certification, Standards, or Service Level Agreements.
Then all participants in the session will gather back again in the main room for a very brief snapshot of those discussions.
In these types of unconference sessions each discussion is often published online in real time on Twitter or in blogs.  This helps the session and discussions to reach a wider audience and topics can gain a much higher profile.  Therefore, all participants are encouraged to use Twitter and mention the hashtags #netfutures15 #cloud

Session Speakers

Joe Butler
Joe ButlerIntel
Joe Butler is a Principal Engineer with Intel Labs and Director of Intel Labs Europe Cloud Services Lab. Joe leads the labs research on orchestration for service delivery. Joe is actively involved in collaborative research under the European Framework Mechanisms and participates in Framework working groups, is Intel’s representative on the board of the Big Data Value Association, on the Steering Board of the NESSI ETP (European Technology Platform for Software, Services and Data) and a member of the Industry Steering Board of the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4). Earlier in his career, Joe held positions as an IT research lead, and worked on development and deployment of station controllers, material handling and decision support systems for factory automation at Intel.
Wilfried Grommen
Wilfried GrommenHP
Wilfried Grommen is Chief Technology Officer within HP, mainly focusing on the large government institutions like EU and UN. He is also a core member of the Public Sector team in EMEA, active in Brussels and Geneva. As chief technologist he outlines HP’s strategic vision on IT value, innovation and the core IT solutions which HP can offer. This includes business alignment, core technology domains like cloud adoption, information management, security and mobility. Prior to this role, Wilfried was CTO of Microsoft for CEE, with a lot of emphasis on technology policy (interoperability, innovation, security) and part of the core Citizenship team, with strong EU involvement around the digital agenda. He is specialized on the business of innovation, and the collaborative nature of it as reflected in research , and new start ups.
Prior to Microsoft Wilfried led several international management jobs in technology development and strategy with Capco, a financial services and solutions provider (software factory), IBM global services (business – IT alignment consulting) and Motorola (networking).
Wilfried has 22 years of expertise in the IT industry.