European Association of IT Service Providers "Euritas" Is Growing
Accession of Swiss BIT and Danish Statens IT enhance the European network
Now, the association has 10 members from 4 EU countries that are going to make increasing use of their expertise in the field of IT and telecommunication technology. With the aim of working out recommendations for public services across various levels, the benefit for citizens, businesses but also for the administration itself is meant to be enhanced on a sustainable basis. One example is the Whitepaper on "Options for Cloud technologies in public administration" that was published at the beginning of this year.
Dr. Giovanni Conti, Director of the BIT: "We are very glad that by joining Euritas, we will be able to cope with the future challenges facing Swiss public IT services even better and more efficiently through cooperative exchange with other European data centres in the field of public administration." With a staff of approx. 1.000, the federal office of IT and telecommunication (Bundesamt für Informatik und Telekommunikation, BIT) services round about 25.000 workstations and a network infrastructure of 4.800 servers in Switzerland and all over the world.
Director Michael Ørnø: "Statens IT is responsible for the operation and effective IT support to ensure high-quality services for the Danish government agencies. The public IT service providers in Europe are faced with similar challenges. Moreover, the level of networking within the EU is steadily increasing. Euritas - with members from Austria, Germany and Switzerland - provides us with an excellent opportunity to exchange know-how combined with "Best Practice" experience within the European context." As a subordinate agency of the finance ministry, Statens IT provides IT services to 10 ministries at government level and to 11.000 users overall.
Euritas - European Association of IT Service Providers
Euritas, which was founded in 2007, is the organ and network of public data centres as well as IT and telecom service providers in Europe. As a recognised contact for topics within the field of European public IT and telecom services, Euritas cooperates with relevant stakeholders. It is open to members from all European countries and represents their interests.
Due to comparable legal settings and safety regulations, the public data centres and IT/telecom service providers in Europe are coping with similar challenges in their portfolio. Working groups are discussing current technical topics of special importance to public IT/telecom service providers, such as Mobile Device Management or Cloud Computing for public administrations.
The following members currently constitute the European Euritas network: Bundesamt für Informatik und Telekommunikation BIT (Switzerland), Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH (Austria), Dataport (Germany),
DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (Germany), Hessische Zentrale für Datenverarbeitung (Germany), IT-Dienstleistungszentrum Berlin (Germany), Abteilung Informationstechnologie des Landes Oberösterreich (Austria), MA14 - Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie Wien (Austria), Bundes-Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kommunalen IT-Dienstleister Vitako (Germany), Statens It - Agency for Governmental IT Services (Denmark)
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