David Wallom leads CloudWATCH2 meeting in Brussels

David Wallom leads CloudWATCH2 meeting in Brussels

Professor David Wallom led the CloudWATCH2 Cloud & Software Concertation meeting in Brussels last week, attended by 60 participants representing over 40 projects.

The event explored market requirements, how projects can improve their market and exploitation strategies, an introduction to newly funded projects, and the key role the clusters play as vehicles for collaboration.

CloudWATCH2 takes a pragmatic approach to market uptake and sustainable competitiveness for the wider uptake of new cloud services and products from European research and innovation initiatives. Running until August 2017, CloudWATCH2 helps R&I initiatives to overcome challenging issues like standards and pricing to maximise the socio-economic impact of this new cloud ecosystem.  

As well as giving the presentation, ‘When is it optimal to find relevant prior art and possible collaboration for your projects?’, Professor Wallom chaired a session on Achievements and New Directions for the EC Clusters, during which newly-funded projects were invited to present their objectives and identify how they can contribute to the already active clusters, in break-out sessions.

The session also showcased the achievements of the clusters since their launch and focused on revising objectives based on the activities of new projects and EC expectations.

The Centre’s Cloud Computing Standards Specialist Michel Drescher chaired a session with Frank Bennett (iCloud), on Market & Technology Readiness - Getting from Project to Product. The session brought together selected EC funded projects that have already compiled a service offering as part of their intended legacy (and that will end soon), with SMEs looking for innovations that are ready or nearly ready to be brought to the market. CloudWATCH2 has worked with a select group of projects, analysing their product and service portfolio for market readiness, mapping these onto similar projects in a larger cloud landscape for signposting cloud standards profile development, supporting projects on the technical level.

Attending projects contributed to a new ‘Home-grown, European Cloud and Software Services Service’ catalogue available online and in brochure format.