Sustainable cloud, the XaaS model for Italy is worth 200 billion euros

Sustainable cloud, the XaaS model for Italy is worth 200 billion euros
Sustainable cloud, the XaaS model for Italy is worth 200 billion euros

The next-generation cloud based on the Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) concept is the model that more responds to Italy’s need for growth, combining the benefits of public and private clouds. This is what we read in the strategic study “The new generation of Cloud based on XaaS – Everything-as-a-Service – New sustainable Cloud model for Italy’s competitiveness and growth ”, which The European House – Ambrosetti created for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Hpe).

Over the last twenty years, Italy’s Più has grown on average by 0.4% per year, a growth rate that is more than -1.2 percentage points lower than the EU27 + UK average. (+ 1.6%) and one percentage point compared to France and Germany (both grew by + 1.4%).

The lack of growth in Italy is linked to the low productivity in the component that The European House – Ambrosetti defines as “system energies”, or in the part of productivity not attributable to labor and capital. The system energies, including managerialization of companies, talent management, synergy between public and private, are made up of intangible elements, which they can be fostered and stimulated by digital transformation of companies and public administration and their ability to manage and extract value from data, an increasingly important resource for the competitiveness of businesses and economic systems.

The strategic study analyzes the differential contribution of the new generation cloud model in accompanying the digital transformation of companies and public administration and develops proposals for policy in favor of the digitization of the country system.

The next generation cloud: “Everything-as-a-Service”

The start of the strategic study was announced at the Ambrosetti Forum in September. The goal was to investigate the impacts and benefits that could be generated by a broad adoption of the next generation cloud model based on “Everything-as-a-Service”, Able to guarantee access to technologies, applications and technological tools according to a logic that is closer to the needs of the society of the future.

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With the Pnrr, in fact, Italy has embarked on the path of digitalization, capable of enabling the modernization of the country, but to achieve what is hoped for in the Plan, it is necessary intervene on new platforms, based on innovative technological architectures capable of making the digital transformation path of companies and public administrations easier and more accessible.

Italy is going through one of the richest periods of opportunities in recent decades. A time when innovation and technology offer opportunities never seen before. To fully express the growth potential that digitization can guarantee our country, however, a new approach is needed, which makes digital solutions more easily accessible and adaptable.i to the needs of organizations of all sizes and sectors, both public and private. The next generation cloud, the “cloud that comes to you” based on the concept of Everything-as-a-Service, Everywhere is our new cloud model that responds to this need, combining the advantages of public and private clouds”, points out Stefano Venturi, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Italia. This strategic study demonstrates that the benefits that the diffusion of this new generation cloud can generate are concrete, affecting the entire country-system, private companies and public administrations, with over 220 billion euros of cumulative GDP in the next four years and an increase in the average productivity of companies up to + 2.3%. During the same period, the direct impact for the players in the ICT sector is estimated at approximately 1.3 billion euros in additional revenues. This means that our ICT companies will be able to continue to operate and grow, making a further contribution to the development of the economy and skills in our country: a responsibility from which we cannot, must not and do not want to shirk “.

For the Public Administration, savings of over 650 million on ICT spending

“It is essential to invest in digital technologies to relaunch the competitiveness and growth of the country-system. Investments in new technologies, in fact, play a key role in the creation of intangible assets, fundamental for the relaunch of the national economic system in the era of the Data economy.”, declares Valerio De Molli, CEO & managing partner of The European House – Ambrosetti. “In this picture, it is necessary to identify a new digital development model that can effectively and efficiently accompany the transformation path of businesses and public administration. To this end, the new cloud model based on “Everything-as-a-Service” is able to encourage greater adoption of advanced technological solutions that enable an increase in the productivity of companies and of the country system as a whole. Furthermore, the public administration will also be able to benefit from the diffusion of the new cloud model based on Everything-as-a-Service, obtaining savings of over 650 million euros for ICT spending and reducing requests for data and information from companies by 90%”.

Our Data economy does not contribute enough to GDP

The first evidence gathered from the strategic study shows how the diffusion of investments in asset intangible assets is correlated with GDP growth. This is also demonstrated by the analysis of stock market valuations: to date the asset intangibles account for over 90% of the market value of major US companies and over 70% of European companies. In this context, the weight of the Data economy on European economies is growing, despite the almost absence of player internationally relevant. While Italy is in fourth place in the EU27 + UK for the overall value of the Data economy (37.8 billion euros), it is only in 17th position considering the weight of the Data economy on GDP (2.3%), far from the European average (3.0%) and from others peer (UK, 4.0%; Germany, 3.6%; Spain, 2.7%; France, 2.5%).

Italy well positioned for a data-driven future. But the skills are lacking

In the future more and more Data-driven, the digitization of businesses, public administrations and citizens plays a key role in enabling the competitiveness of the country-system. In this sense, an indicator was developed that highlighted the digitization of the country-system based on the level of adoption of digital tools – connectivity, cloud, artificial intelligence and industrial robots – in the industrial sectors (weighted for the relative contribution to value added). The results of the indicator place Italy in ninth place in Europe but in first place among the main countries benchmark – Spain is in eleventh place, Germany in fifteenth and France in seventeenth. Although positive as a result, it is also necessary to consider the critical elements of the Italian business system, including: the skills considered unsuitable for governing the digital transition, the widespread adoption of basic digital tools by most companies (especially small and medium-sized ones) and the managerial difficulties in managing the digital transition.

There is still a long way to go for the public administration. Consider that only 21.8% of the offices have already hired a Digital Transition Manager; only 16.2% of the PA now has a program to update the skills of its employees; 62% of all IT devices in use in public administrations are over 5 years old; only 27.8% of all public administrations have access to high-speed internet (fiber optic network); only 33.8% of the public administration has already implemented some use cases of cloud services; 51.7% of public administrations do not offer any form-based service online.

From the survey of The European House – Ambrosetti, further impediments emerged, for example, relating to the model of sourcing of ICT infrastructures deemed inadequate to meet the digitization needs of the public administration or public accounting and public budget models that do not allow the management of an ICT model that provides for variable operating expenses based on use.

The value of the as-a-service model, digital training and “data spaces”

In order to reach the maximum potential of the new cloud model, the next generation cloud, based on Everything-as-a-Service, as an enabler of widespread growth both at the system-country level and for the individual company, is therefore of extreme importance to address and address with proposals for policy the factors that today appear to be obstacles to the digitalization of public administrations and businesses, concludes the study. The European House – Ambrosetti and Hewlett Packard Enterprise believe public administrations need to adopt a new model of sourcing based on “as-a-Service” logic, just as the creation of mechanisms is fundamental collaboration between several public bodies and the strengthening of the role of in-house regional. At the same time, it is essential to promote the adoption of the most advanced cloud solutions within Italian companies, establish training “obligations” on technologies and the use of digital technology for company employees, as provided for safety in the workplace, e create data ecosystems (data spaces) at national level that make possible greater interoperability at the level of the supply chain.

The strategic study was addressed and validated by a Advisory Board composed of Stefano Venturi, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Italy, Valerio De Molli, chief executive officer & managing partner of The European House – Ambrosetti, Esko Aho, former prime minister of Finland and innovation expert, Sonia Bonfiglioli, president of Board of Directors of Bonfiglioli Riduttori SpA and Paola Cillo, Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Technology of the Bocconi University.

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