“Europe has particularly fertile ground for nurturing innovation”

HASWhen the European elections take place from June 6 to 9, the digital issue is struggling to emerge in the public debate. This observation is worrying, because digital technology and research are eminently political subjects. It is therefore urgent to emerge from the current confinement and turn towards an ecosystem of sharing and free circulation of data. These are the necessary conditions for innovation, strategic autonomy and digital sovereignty of the European Union.

Talents, legal framework, technical solutions: all the elements are gathered in Europe. All that is missing today is real awareness on the part of businesses, and real political and economic impetus.

The single European market is based on the free movement of people, goods, services and capital. It seems essential to us that digital data also benefit from this same freedom. Today, whether within companies, administrations or for individual uses, the main model for processing digital information is the cloud, which allows storage, processing and pooling of material resources. and software.

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Let us note that the value of data does not rest so much on its use as on its circulation. The challenge is therefore to organize the circulation of data and the creation of a virtuous dynamic between all stakeholders, through a network of clouds that are by nature heterogeneous. The important thing is no longer the tool or the place of hosting the data, but rather its capacity to be negotiated and exchanged on a market.

Closed system architecture

Three large American companies (Amazon, Microsoft and Google) supply the majority of industrial cloud customers in France, Europe and around the world. If the characteristics of the solutions proposed are generally adapted to current needs, their closed system architecture creates a form of dependence and slows down innovation.

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In Europe, industrial awareness of the importance of the cloud is still relatively recent. Decision-makers have turned to existing solutions, which highlight their ability to protect company data. However, wanting to relate the use of digital data only to that which is generated in-house can create a loss of competitiveness, as progress and innovation do not exist in isolation in the long term. Conversely, the Catena-X project, which networks all the players in the German automotive industry, is a good example of the creation of a collaborative digital ecosystem.

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