In our last blog we looked at the ‘Three Pillars’ of Horizon 2020 (H2020) and the importance of each pillar. Today we focus on the H2020 plans for the ICT sector. The H2020 emphasis on innovation resonates with the development philosophy at Flexiant and how we try to continuously deliver new features and functionality that benefit cloud service providers. There are four main areas of focus for the H2020 plans:
1. Improve the economy
According to the European Commission, ICT in Europe is growing seven times faster than the rest of the economy! This sector represents 4.8% of the EU economy and accounts for 25% of total business expenditure in Research and Development (R&D). The transformative power of ICT can help address many of Europe’s most pressing societal challenges in areas such as health, the environment and fostering secure and inclusive societies. Through H2020, the EU is investing at least 25% more in ICT research than in previous research programmes. This investment and active research participation by companies such as Flexiant, will help generate to 900,000 jobs by 2015.
2. Develop the next generation of technologies
The most exciting part of H2020 is the aim to develop new innovations, including next generation computing, infrastructures, technologies and services for the future Internet and content technologies. Flexiant plans to be at the forefront of this innovation working with H2020 partners.
3. Resolve real-world end user limitations
There is a strategic change from FP7 to FP8 or H2020, moving from a topic driven set of high level criteria to a more industry driven challenge Vs impact scenario. This means that current challenges should be clear and linked to real-world end user limitations/issues. Flexiant has a keen understanding of the ‘as is’ situation through our work with customers and partners.
4. Improving the marketplace
Flexiant knows and understands the size of the market being addressed, the active members and the potential benefits that can result from H2020 efforts. We plan on paying our efforts with H2020 forward to the cloud service provider market.
It’s clear that the H2020 strategy encompasses high-risk, ground-breaking research that can deliver revolutionary business breakthroughs, often on the basis of emerging technologies. We are excited to be involved with this innovation and research.
To learn more about these projects, visit the Flexiant research page.