Friday, 5 February 2016

European Commission publishes initial results from public consultation on priority ICT standards

I am sure many of you participated - or at least considered participating - in the EU public consultation on priorities for ICT standardisation. And perhaps several of you gave up because it was quite a complex consultation going very much into detail....

Today the Commission published an initial overview on the outcome of the consultation with quite some interesting statistics. It is available on the respective Commission website. Also a link to all contributions is given there.

Just some personal very first reactions after going through the summary:

What I find very positive is the high rank the EU Rolling Plan gets as an effective instrument in Europe for promoting standardisation work in support of EU policy objectives. Indeed, the EU Rolling Plan is highly inclusive, the result of collaborative planning with all relevant stakeholders involved, and therefore very much reflects reality as it comes to what is feasible and to including a proper perspective on market and societal needs.

Where I will be looking for more detailed explanations is the high ranking that Regulation and Mandating achieved as instruments in the context of ICT standardisation. Will be interesting to see what the motivation is for people to tick these boxes. After all, the ICT sector is highly innovative and competitive and so is global ICT standardisation. So why turn to EU Mandates and in which areas, and where are actual needs for regulation. This will be an interesting analysis of the results.

Finally, and probably most importantly, it is probably not surprising which topics got ranked highest in terms of priority: Cyber Security, IoT, Cloud, and Data got double digit ranks. But all other topics are close by with 7 - 9%. So bottom line here may be: For a healthy and prosperous European economy it is important to make progress on all areas that are relevant for the future economy, for sustainability, for society. And perhaps prioritisation is less relevant than anticipated? In other words: Does prioritisation, when done well, mean: identify needs to promote certain areas for some time, but clearly limit the time to as long as needed and always keep the kaleidoscopic view? Will be interesting to further reflect on this... 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Workshop on the results from Cloud Standards Coordination Phase 2

Last week I had the pleasure to speak at the workshop organised by ETSI and the European Commission on the results from the work on Cloud Standards Coordination (CSC) Phase 2.

It was a very good workshop with some good ideas shared. You can find all workshop presentations on the workshop website.

I am also happy to share my presentation here

Monday, 4 January 2016

New EU Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation published

First of all Happy New Year everyone and to you and yours a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2016.

Just with the beginning of the new year The European Commission published the new EU Rolling Plan for ICT standardisation. It is available from the Commission website.

This is the third version of the Rolling Plan which gets updated on an annual basis. It is developed in a collaborative process with initial input being provided by the Commission and comprehensive advice coming from all stakeholders in standardisation via the EU Multi-Stakeholder Platform. A process that has become well established by now.

The new version 2016 of the Rolling Plan contains a number of new actions for standardisation where ICT standards are seen to be of high relevance for supporting the implementation of EU policy objectives. It is now up to standards bodies and all stakeholders in general to take up action in response to the Rolling plan and lead technology development providing support to policy makers.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Relevant link of today. Blog post on Industry 4.0 by Erich Clementi, IBM Chairman and Senior Vice President Europe

I know this is advertising my own cause... but it is good and of high relevance. In a blog post on EURACTIV published today, IBM Chairman and Senior Vice President Europe, Erich Clementi, gives a very interesting and motivating and inspiring perspective on Industry 4.0. Definitely worth reading.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Interesting link of today: German student asks government to see exam questions before taking the exam

This is an interesting instance about the right of citizens to request seeing public documents. A student from Northrhine-Westfalia refers to the respective law on freedom of information (Informationsfreiheitsgesetz) by requesting access to the questions that will be asked in his final school exam (Abitur). He now gets a lot of publicitly for this - even his school master congratulates him to this clever move.

See the report in the online edition of the German national newspaper Die Welt: "Bin berechtigt, die Abi-Aufgaben vorab zu sehen".

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Very sad news: Klaus Tschira is dead

Klaus Tschira, founder of IBM and great patron in the Rhine-Neckar region, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 74. After his retirement from SAP he became a major patron in the region investing into future technologies. See for instance the local Rhein Neckar Zeitung for a very nice appreciation.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Relevant link of today: Contribution in FAZ about revolutions in the digital economy

There was a very interesting contribution from Shoshana Zuboff in yesterday's FAZ, one of Germany's leading daily newspapers. The article is called Die Vorteile der Nachz├╝gler and encourages Europe to learn from negative results in North America and thus make best use of Europe's situation of lacking behind in some developments. Zuboff takes the theory and thinking of Schumpeter as her reference point and relates it to the current trends in the digital economy. Her main point is that there needs to be a clear balance between the interests of the customer and the new service or technology offered. And that this is often not the case when newcomers overrun the market with their offerings.

It is still available in the online edition of the FAZ and definitely worth reading. The English original called Disruptions Tragic Flaw is also available online.