More and more individuals and companies are using internet-based services. E-mail accounts, photo albums and even complex software for enterprise accounting are stored on high-performance servers in maximum security data centers, with broadband connections providing access from home or on the go. The IT & Cloud innovation field is pacing this trend, with a focus on the creation of innovative technological concepts and prototypes for new cloud-based Telekom products (Key Topic Virtualized Infrastructures & Global Cloud IT) and cooperating with the chairs Intelligent Networks and Service-centric Networks below.
After all, more and more IT functions will be offered from the cloud in the long term. Another objective of the innovation field is the establishment of a group-wide cloud infrastructure and the development of the corresponding cloud services. As part of this infrastructure setup a standardized, elastic structure of network and computing resources will be created.
Another emphasis is the design and development of IT tools to enable new products and business opportunities for network operators.
Another main focus is the development of a marketplace platform for the SME segment, on which independent software vendors (ISVs) can host their software applications and offer them to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on a software as a service (SaaS) basis.