Thought Leadership and Insight from Ronald Hendrikx, Senior Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Ronald Hendrikx

For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Ronald Hendrikx a senior partner at Bird & Bird, (the international law firm focussed on the digital world)

Datacloud: What are some of the key trends and challenges in the current global market?

We are seeing a step-change in the adoption of connectivity by industry verticals (like automotive, energy and aerospace) and in the urban environment. More clients than ever are considering the benefit of connectivity and the data it generates, but issues around data ownership, access and security are high on everyone's agenda and influence the adoption of connectivity.

Datacloud: How do you think the future landscape of the cloud, edge and 5G technologies will look like?

I expect to see many more connectivity solutions coming to the market in the (near) future as well as solutions to make sense of (read: connect) the innovation in an environment where international standards haven't yet matured. I also expect to see more industry verticals claiming a role in this landscape as they attach their brands to data solutions and will demand a say in their development.

Datacloud: What regions do you see as primed for IT infrastructure asset expansion?

I expect to see different types of growth depending on whether regions set themselves the ambition to leapfrog certain technology stages or whether they want to be at the leading edge of technology development, exploring specific and new business cases. Other regions will already be considering how to connect their various pilots, investing in backhaul capabilities for example. This means expansion is on the cards globally, but tailoring expansion will be key.

Datacloud: What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?

One of my goals is to connect clients in tech, infrastructure and funding as the scale and speed with which connectivity solutions are being created and deployed create a host of opportunities for collaboration. Clearly, seeing everyone at Datacloud is an excellent start.

Ronald will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Meet him and the team on stand 19!