Internet of Services Newsletter - March 2011

The newsletter about Software & Services in the Information Society

This newsletter reports about the activities of the unit on software and services. Whereas the gravity of the work done by the unit is still on research, we are more and more engaged in actions related to the Digital Agenda and designing a Cloud Computing strategy for Europe. For the Digital Agenda, we will start with a study that investigates best practices for procuring more open standards-based ICT systems, in order to avoid vendor lock-in. This study will be the basis for a Communication of the European Commission with guidelines for public procurement of ICT systems in 2012. The call for tender for this study is now open, and further details can be found in this newsletter. Soon, we will also launch a study which will quantify the demand for Cloud Computing in Europe and the likely barriers to take-up. The call for tender for this study will open soon.

On the research side, I am very happy to announce that the projects for the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership are currently under negotiation and are supposed to start working on 1 April. The Core Platform project will result in a platform that combines features from service platforms, cloud hosting, internet of things enablement, security and new networking features. I hope that this large scale project will also boost the software and services area in general.

In July a new call for proposals in the area of Cloud computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering will open. An information day in Budapest will kick off a series of opportunities for you to get more insight in the envisaged outcomes and impacts and to meet other proposers.

Furthermore, we started preparing the Workprogramme of 2013 and had a first outlook towards the next Framework Programme, FP8, with an expert workshop. First results are reported here.

Enjoy reading!

Rainer Zimmermann

Head of Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures Unit,
Information Society Directorate-General, European Commission  

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