The business world is moving towards the Cloud for many enterprise applications, but where to store the data remains a significant issue because of compliance and security. Local and international top-notch experts have shared some insights, challenges to consider, problems to address and solutions to implement during this session at the ICT Spring, led by Alizé Nicolas, Marketing & Communication Manager at Telindus as Master of Ceremony.
In a technical but exciting presentation Pascal Bouvry, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Member of the Administration Board of LuxProvide, opened the afternoon talks explaining how to bridge High-performance computing (HPC) and Cloud. LuxProvide is the national supercomputer HPC organisation in charge of the planning, installation and long-term operation of MeluXina, Luxembourg’s first supercomputer. This first presentation fitted perfectly with the following speech of Ludovic Gilles, Head of Department § Enterprise Sales at POST Telecom, explaining how to embrace data intelligence to thrive your business as data analytics is the key to success. But what data? With what protection?
The following presentation brought together Cloud & Data sovereignty with a speech by Julien Blanchez; Digital Sovereignty Solutions Lead for EMEA at Google. He explained that Cloud on Europe’s terms needs to fulfil the following criteria: EU data location, access control, interoperability and supervision, and survivability from the unexpected. His presentation was followed by a speech by Mikal Netteberg, Director of SAP Regional Center of Excellence. They challenge the need to have a better approach to ensure the value and purpose of data, responding to the customer’s needs. That is what Fabrice Aresu, Chief Executive Officer at LuxTrust S.A., confirmed, explaining that 63% of EU citizens want a secure single digital ID for all services meaning that they agree to have their data used but for a purpose that is serving them. We are not there yet, but “we are witnessing a shift from fragmented, local digital identities models to a fully interoperable European digital identity“.
The last session before the afternoon break was dedicated to data sovereignty for Europe with a bunch of experts: Laurent Ach, CTO of Qwant; Elena Poughia, CEO of Dataconomy, Data Privacy Advocate at polypoly; Alain Herrmann, Data Protection Commissioner; Ralf Hustadt, National Gaia-X coordinator and Special Advisor at Luxinnovation and Gilles Fuchs, Project Manager New technologies and Research at the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy. Data is an essential resource for economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and societal progress in general. That being said, the European strategy for data chooses to focus on putting people first in developing technology and defending and promoting European values and rights in the digital world.
1. An Open Cloud Ecosystem as The Foundation of Digital Sovereignty by Dr Götz Brasche, CTO of Huawei Cloud Europe and Director of Intelligent Cloud Technologies Laboratory
2. Presentation of Kyndryl, a spin-off of IBM’s infrastructure services business, focusing on data sovereignty by Philippe Bovy, Chief Architect and Technology sales Leader at Kyndryl Luxembourg
3. How can technical standardisation support the data economy? By Natalia Vinogradova-Cassagnes, Head of Standardisation Department at ANEC GIE
Finally, to close the afternoon session of this Data Room, Sae Hyung Jung, CEO of oVice and Uriel Ekstein, co-founder of Velotix came on stage for a flash talk of 5 minutes each. oVice is a Japanese virtual spatial platform that allows people to gather in one place, move, talk, and collaborate freely as avatars. Velox is an Israeli startup that develops a software system for managing and accessing large data sets (Big Data) in organisations.