Read Part 1 of the blog series “How can GAIA-X become a success?” here.

Game Changer GAIA-X

Adapting to the speed of digital change is the key to success and ensures economic survival. GAIA-X will provide both small and large companies with the necessary flexibility to react to rapid changes and proactively address the challenges of the digital transformation of business models. GAIA-X increases data competence, establishes data culture and facilitates innovative applications. Data-driven innovations that function barrier-free across industries create the ideas of tomorrow. As a new digital ecosystem, GAIA-X will provide the freedom to address current social and ecological challenges at the infrastructure and data level. The unique combination of a federated, open and decentralised technical infrastructure with a public good-oriented data infrastructure will promote the responsible use of data and to leverage innovation potential in Europe.

"GAIA-X turns competitive solutions for data sovereignty in Europe into reality, both for Europe and beyond," summarises Lars Nagel, CEO of the International Data Spaces Association. "We have to think big and prove that the GAIA-X idea works worldwide," added Ernst Stöckl-Pukall, Head of Division Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 at the BMWi. "GAIA-X offers users not only the freedom of choice to decide where to store data, but also to determine how they want to process the data."

Dr. Sabine Wilfling, Unit Lead Public/Government at Scheer GmbH

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The next steps to success

Currently, there is an architecture concept, while detailed plans for core services for the first implementation stage of GAIA-X. More than 50 use cases from a total of nine domains have been reviewed and elaborated. The insights gained are now being implemented. Through these visible steps, the project is continuing to gain the trust of future providers and demanders, meaning that a scalable and competitive offer is emerging in a decentralised provider structure. The interdisciplinary GAIA-X project is also becoming visible at the institutional and organisational level with the creation of the GAIA-X, European Association for Data and Cloud, AISBL (in the process of being founded), which is gradually taking up its work. In harmony with providers and users, the federation services, which are also decisive for the success of the project, are currently being developed and implemented as quickly as possible.

Andreas Weiss, Head of Business Unit Digital Business Models at eco Verband

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Ready, steady, go: concerted action in business, research and politics

Innovations and change processes must also be triggered in business and research. GAIA-X cannot function as a product of an "imposed architecture". The technology must be usable and user-friendly. In addition to competitive pricing, market embedding, and the associated range of services will be decisive for success. To achieve this, start-ups and SMEs must be even more involved and digital skills must be promoted in a targeted manner.

In order to bring GAIA-X to market maturity as quickly as possible and make it successful, political and economic incentives for near-market implementations should be set, while demand for European cloud solutions, including from the public sector and regulated industries, should be stimulated.

Change, rethink and tackle

At the end of a constructive discussion, the representatives from the different sectors agreed on one point in particular: to realise GAIA-X at scale, an effective, scalable and competitive offering that is must be created quickly. THINK BIG!

Consistently driving the digital transformation and adapting to the implementation of data-driven business models are key. GAIA-X is not only Europe's declaration of independence to the cloud, but its confident solution to keeping the industry strong, securing local prosperity and a successful digital transformation.

GAIA-X will only be successful if market-oriented applications in business and administration succeed immediately. It is not enough to develop a federal, open and decentralised European data infrastructure which is oriented towards products and technology.

Read Part 1 of the blog series “How can GAIA-X become a success?” here.