Frequently Asked Questions
What is the European Cloud Alliance?
The European Cloud Alliance brings together businesses across the cloud value chain to promote the advantages of the cloud, and to provide an authoritative voice on cloud-related policy issues. We represent those that use, create, and provide cloud services across Europe.
How is the European Cloud Alliance funded?
Microsoft sponsors the ECA to advance use of the cloud in Europe. Microsoft is not a member of the ECA and no Microsoft employee is involved in the running of the ECA.
Who are the members?
The ECA is open to membership from any European company or organisation that views the cloud as a route to growth and innovation. Equally welcome are developers and software vendors creating value through the cloud. A full list of member organisation is published on our website.
Who is responsible for management of the ECA?
Kim Gagné is the Executive Director of the ECA. APCO Worldwide operates as the ECA’s Secretariat.
What is the organisational structure?
In addition to the Executive Director and Secretariat, the ECA has a Steering Committee which takes key decisions. The Committee consist of four representatives from member organisations, each with a single vote on any decisions. In the event of a tied vote, the Executive Director casts a deciding ballot.
The Secretariat is responsible, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Steering Committee, for presenting an annual work plan to members.
What are the benefits of membership?
The European Cloud Alliance is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to supporting and promoting successful use of the cloud in Europe. Our members enjoy a range of benefits, including opportunities to:
- Promote their own successes
- Network with cloud service providers and users across a range of sectors
- Influence the policy agenda across Europe in ways that will encourage use of the cloud
- Participate in regular events that advance our goals
To find out more about the benefits of joining the European Cloud Alliance, read about our core principles here.