Cloud technologies are facilitating the ongoing wide-scale transition towards a digital economy that is emerging rapidly and impacting all of us. For example, the recent revelations of international web espionage have accelerated the need to set up data centres in Europe which can provide fantastic opportunities for Finnish software companies offering Cloud services.
However, technology is not the only aspect to be taken into account in the move to Cloud. We urge to set in motion the following transformations - with a special emphasis to User experience, Security and Sustainability: Cloud Business, Cloud Technologies, Lean and Agile Organisations.
"Cloud technologies do offer new opportunities for companies to be competitive, but technology does not solve everything. Too often, companies make a decision to move to Cloud because of technology alone. It is important to note, particularly for larger companies, a move to Cloud often means working practices and business models have to radically change in order for them to succeed against the competition", stated Janne Järvinen of F-Secure, Director of the Cloud Software Programme.
The "Quick Guide to Cloud Success" presents examples which can be utilised in both companies and public sector administration. In addition to adopting technology, the Guide emphasises a business activity-centred approach and incorporates user experience, data security and agile methods in developing working practices. Based on the experiences of companies that took part in the Cloud Software Programme, the Guide highlights their key leanings as the companies developed and launched Cloud services for global markets. The Guide provides a perspective of five stages: (1) planning and investment, (2) implementation, (3) checking and metrics, (4) preparing for the worst and (5) the future.
Cloud Software Guide was done in collaboration with European Cloud Partnership consortium: www.ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/european-cloud-partnership
The Quick Guide to Success: Key Learnings from Cloud Software Finland is available at https://www.cloudsoftwareprogram.org/results/deliverables-and-other-reports/i/29042/1941/quick-guide-to-cloud-success
Funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, the Cloud Software Programme ( www.cloudsoftwareprogram.org ) was a research and development effort comprising of over thirty companies and research institutions who participated over four years (2010-2013).
The results of the Cloud Software Programme will be presented in a final conference in Helsinki, Finland on the 13th of December, 2013.
More information about the conference is available at http://www.cloudsoftwareprogram.org/news-events/i/29015/1568/cloud-software-the-final-symposium-13-12-2013