Ulrich Ahle

CEO, FIWARE Foundation e. V.

Ulrich Ahle CEO of the FIWARE Foundation. Ulrich is a reputed executive in the industrial sector, formerly Vice President and leader of Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation business and responsible for Industrie 4.0 at Atos in Germany. He is also founder and member of the Board of the International Data Spaces Association in Germany and served 16 years in the Board of the prostep ivip organization until April 2018. After an apprenticeship as toolmaker at Hella KG, he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Paderborn. In his career, Ahle held several positions as development engineer, Director of PLM services, sales director and Vice President. He has been part of Nixdorf Computer AG, Siemens and Atos. Since January 2017 Ulrich Ahle is Chief Executive Officer of the FIWARE Foundation headquartered in Berlin, Germany

Ulrich is speaking at

Sponsored talk
November 5, 2020
11:30 am - 12:00 pm



The current Covid-caused crisis has not stopped the concept of the intelligent city (“Smart City”), but rather accelerated it. Bringing digitization directly to the individual citizen is a must, but for cities and the public sector, it seems to entail the risk of handing over design and regulatory authority to IT service providers. There is usually a gap between the digital vision and the implemented Smart City processes: a new system-of-systems approach can help here

Focus Track 1 - European Data Spaces
November 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Cloud technologies are key enablers to unleash the potential of the European data economy and ensure its industrial competitiveness, providing secure data storage and sharing, as well as empowering applications and solutions ranging from artificial intelligence to simulation, modelling, digital twins and high performance computing. Accordingly, the European Commission presented in the EU Data Strategy an High Impact Project envisioning the creation of a European Cloud Federation supporting the wide deployment of European Data Spaces spanning from core clouds to the edge.

This session will bring on stage different experts from relevant verticals to discuss what are the adoption challenges and requirements for Future Cloud that are core to ensure the success of a European Cloud Federation as enabler for Data Spaces and future services supporting distributed data sharing and processing in the cloud-continuumThe objectives of this session are the following: 

  • Understand, in different verticals, what are adoption challenges toward clouds and more specifically the European Cloud Federation.
  • Emphasize what have been so far good practises that successful adoption of cloud and how these best practices can be adopted to realise the High Impact Project ambition.
  • Elicit requirements that future cloud technologies should satisfy to support distributed data sharing and processing in the cloud-continuum in different verticals.
  • Investigate role of EU policies in facilitating a wider adoption of cloud technologies and increased digital innovation in Europe.
The session will start with an introduction by H-CLOUD proposing current findings on the adoption challenges linked EU Cloud Federation and Future Clouds. The intro will be followed by a light talk on GAIA-X, the leading EU Cloud Federation project. Different actors from a variety of domains will then engage in a panel discussion providing their view on Adoption challenges toward a European Cloud Federation enabling European Data Spaces.

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