BDVA: Continued Engagement of EGI for Big Data

I attended the BDV PPP Summit in Riga, Latvia on 26-28 June 2019, which focused on driving European innovation in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to foster cross-sector collaboration and shape strategies for European leadership in the areas.

EGI has a history of engaging BDVA, having been a formal member as of 2015, and officially became a silver level iSpace in November 2018, which are recognised trusted data incubators with a mission to accelerate the uptake of data-driven innovation in commercial and non-profit sectors. Our goal is to obtain gold level status in 2020.

During the Summit, I had the opportunity to present both the EGI Federation as well as the EOSC-hub project and the services and success stories of supporting start-ups and SMEs through the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (EOSC DIH) that we coordinate. Based on this role and experience, EGI has become one of the lead partners in efforts to set up a dedicated Digital Innovation Hub for Big Data in collaboration with BDVA and other iSpace organisations.

In addition, I attended a hands-on workshop delivered by Sonja Zillner from Siemens, who has iterated on the business model canvas that allows for more strategic focus on business solutions being built with a data-driven focus.

Co-located with the event was the BDVA General Assembly where the EGI Managing Director, Yannick Legré, was re-elected to the Board of Directors as well as will continue his additional role as Treasurer for another two years.

The event provided high visibility for EGI, who has become a well-known entity in the community, leading to invitations to join working groups dedicated to Artificial Intelligence applications, a new area for us.

In fact, EGI has recently been asked to be a sponsor at the next major event, the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) 2019, taking place 14-16 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, with a prominent exhibition booth as a Diamond sponsor.

BDVA presents exciting opportunities for EGI and we look forward to the continued onboarding of new partnerships and collaborations.

FitSM goes global through APMG

APMG International, a global accreditation body and examination institute, is the newest Certification Partner set to support the leading lightweight IT Service Management standard – FitSM – through a recently signed agreement with the FitSM non-profit license holder ITEMO (IT Education Management Organization).

As many of our readers know, FitSM is an open, lightweight standard for professionally managing services that has been a growing reference framework for many research and e-infrastructures dating back to its inception via the FedSM project funded by the European Commission between 2012-2015. Though there have been more than 1000 certificates issued to date and more than 15 accredited organizations delivering FitSM training commercially, it has been mostly limited to German speaking countries with the main exception of the EGI Foundation.

Through APMG, FitSM can now expand internationally through its global network of accredited, quality training organizations. APMG assesses trainers and training organizations around the globe to establish their suitability to meet the high standards required to become APMG accredited.

Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG International, stated in the recent announcement: “With high-quality training options, the FitSM suite of standards is an exceptional offering to the market, thanks to original funding from the European Commission through the ‘FedSM’ project. The standard can be freely downloaded, which includes open source course materials where candidates can develop their knowledge by learning lightweight IT Service Management, at pace, starting today”.

Robert Kuhlig, Chairman of ITEMO, also complemented these sentiments: “We are delighted to be partnering with APMG who have a proven track record for professional accreditation and examination. It is this rigorous and trusted assessment history that we are engaging to ensure all our training, trainers and course materials meet the very high standards required. Moreover, with a global footprint, APMG can help spread the benefit of FitSM to organizations around the world.”

I personally was involved in the development of FitSM through the FedSM project, first as a client partner needing to implement service management within the EGI Federation, to moving into more of a consultant and trainer role over the course of the years. I cannot express how excited and proud I am to have been a part of this journey and to see FitSM taken to a place it truly deserves. All to think that this was a result of an EC funded project!

EGI joins forces with CloudSME UG

EGI is pleased to announce a formal collaboration with CloudSME UG, a private company helping small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access the power of simulations built by experts in manufacturing and engineering. This agreement is an excellent example of how the public and private sector can join forces to stimulate research and innovation.

EGI joins forces with CloudSME UG

EGI is pleased to announce a formal collaboration with CloudSME UG, a private company helping small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access the power of simulations built by experts in manufacturing and engineering. This agreement is an excellent example of how the public and private sector can join forces to stimulate research and innovation.