60 Second Interview with: Gerd J. Simon, Independent Management Consulting, Datacloud Head Judge

Gerd J. Simon

Gerd is a Judge on following panels:
1. Excellence in Fibre Connectivity for Data Centres Award
2. Excellence in Data Centre Service Award
3. Data Centre Leadership Award

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
GS: The future will be bright shining. Data is the sunrise business of today already and in the future.
The transformation of our economies and societies to a digital experience has just started, moving our attention to trusted data fabrics and trusted cloud implementations. The degrees of digitalisation in European economies are still very low. We will face several disruptive situations, creating new markets and new market leaders. The path will be at least as moving as Debussy´s “La Mer”.

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
GS: We are just the beginning of a new era. There is neither a one solution fits all cloud implementation, nor a data hub initiative like in “Spectre” globally.
Cloud computing and data centres deliver today nothing less than fundamental experiences for almost all of us every day; and thus data, information or content without data centres is impossible.
Usable solutions need to be colourful, regardless if this is a public, private or hybrid one.
But building “usability with trust every day” is a fundamental element for all cloud users to move to the cloud and with the cloud into data centres. Cloud users do not have to be digital natives or IT literates. We need to provide transparent levels of trust, in particular to those who are not coming from an IT background.

Datacloud: What's one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
GS: Acting as a trusted advisor, one of my business goals is support my clients by improving their business through innovation. Innovation creates prosperity, in particular EBITDA and EBIT. First of all and acting as a team, the expectation is to turn business opportunities into something that works, taking risks and managing them properly. I will indulge this work, travel a lot and share good times with my clients, friends and family.

Datacloud: What do you think matters most in the development of the industry and its affect on business and society?
GS: I think that building useful cloud installations and data centres matters most, offering solutions that scale, locally, regionally or globally. Data centres link the digital world with the real one, spending more on energy cost than on capital cost. Therefore, data centres and cloud implementations have to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, but offering data protection and security measures will become the most important subject within this development. Nobody wants its data or application to be compromised. Building trusted hubs, which are environmentally friendly and sustainable, will matter the most.

Datacloud: Why do you feel awards ceremonies still have a role in todays e-world?
GS: Relationships build business. You can only build winning relationships by sharing success.
This does not happen by paying attention to a digital device or looking into a screen. It is about experience and emotions. In particular, award ceremonies offer good occasions by highlighting outstanding results, recognizing the best business models, technologies, organisations, individuals and essential to deliver world-class impact.
With the award celebration, we share the success with all participants. It´s all about trust building.