Tags: EU

Unit4 and Grant Thornton bring new dawn to finances of Malta government

Unit4 has won a major deal with the Malta government in partnership with Grant Thornton. Its relationship with the global accounting firm is clearly deeper than the announcement last week that saw Grant Thornton sign up to implement its ERP solution. The overall contract is worth €11.6m and will see Grant Thornton Malta assist the…

Pathetic EASME investing in blockchain

The EU’s Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) has invested, via SME Instrument funds, a ‘whole’ c €3.4M in three companies (see below) in pursuit of blockchain use. The Commission set up EASME to manage several EU programmes. These include: COSME (Competitveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises) Horizon 2020 (the EU primary programme for…

Europe’s N vs S digital divide reassessed

According to Politico.eu “Europe largely ignored warnings of a growing digital divide, a continental rift between the well-connected North and the tech-deprived South. Now, that gap threatens to derail the European Union’s tech aspirations, hamper its efforts to become the world’s digital enforcer and potentially worsen the region’s existing economic divisions. … But these goals,…

Rackspace reacts to EU data protection rules

Rackspace has announced its first data centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The data centre is in response to new data protection requirements from the EU and Switzerland. The company is to use the data centre to deliver managed IT infrastructure to customers in the DACH region. According to Alex Fuerst, Vice President of DACH at Rackspace:…

EU aims Blockchain4eu at non-fintech and SMEs

  The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) have launched a project under unlovely and gimmicky title of: “#Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations” (Blockchain4eu). This will run until February 2018. The project is intended to be forward-looking. According to the European Commission it will explore…

Blockchain criminally exempt?

A group of fifteen organisations from seven European countries has initiated a project – named TITANIUM. This stands for ‘Tools for the Investigation of Transactions in Underground Markets’).Its purpose: to curtail criminals and attackers from using blockchain technology to avoid law detection. They claim their work will respect the privacy of legitimate users. Project co-ordinator…

Infor donates ERP to Wroclaw University

Infor is donating 50 licenses of its ERP software for students and lecturers as Infor’s opens a Center of Excellence at Wroclaw’s University of Science and Technology. This is part of Infor’s initiative to engage with universities around the world. It will provide Wroclaw students with exposure and work experience with ERP software. This should help them…

IBM delivers blockchain carbon management

At IBM InterConnect the company has announced a blockchain-based carbon asset management system for China. It is aimed at allowing enterprises to efficiently generate carbon assets. This is a critical issue for China as it struggles to reduce its carbon footprint. Air quality from vehicles and manufacturing cause problems across all China’s major cities. According…

Before and after – Article 50 and the European supply chain

The British decision to leave the European Union has left many businesses – both UK and pan-European – in a state of shock.  The short-term fluctuations in currency and markets have given way to a profound sense of uncertainty. Political arguments continue and businesses try to prepare for an ever-increasing range of various scenarios. Amidst…

Infor announces Privacy Shield certification

Infor announced that it received Privacy Shield certification for its software. It submitted its certification prior to the 30th September deadline. This means all of its existing contracts and subcontracts were automatically brought into compliance under the Privacy shield framework. Pam Murphy, chief operating officer of Infor commented: “The ability to quickly and securely move…