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A major IT event will mirror its UK and European activity in the Nordics as the region continues to punch above its weight in the global IT sector.
Following in the footsteps of the already established European and UK events, IP Expo Nordic will take place in Stockholm in September 2016.
The event is another example of an established conference branching out to Scandinavia. In 2015, Datacloud Nordic brought together several hundred datacentre experts in Oslo to debate the big issues surrounding IT infrastructure in the region.
Rather than a conference programme filled with Nordic IT directors, the as yet unannounced line-up at IP Expo Nordic is likely to feature experts from the UK and US.
“Initially, we wanted a programme that would be directly relevant to senior IT management working in the Nordic region, but it soon became clear that the community is just as interested in hearing from global speakers to give an outside perspective on the region,” said Duncan Kirk, managing director of IP Expo.
Infrastructure debate continues
Data storage charges for Norwegian enterprises are expected to fall following electricity tax cuts for data-intensive industries, while the Swedish government is considering a similar move. Finland implemented electricity tax cuts for datacentre providers in 2014.
The region has so far been successful in attracting investment from the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook, thanks to competitive pricing and the natural cooling available in northern Europe.
Cyber security in the spotlight
As all businesses become digital, cyber security is no longer a problem for IT directors alone. According to security company FireEye, cyber threats are increasing across the Nordic region, with the highest share of advanced persistent threats (APTs) and malware alerts observed in Norway (47%), followed by Denmark (36%). In 2014, 50 of Norway’s oil companies were subject to a major attack.
Read more about enterprise IT in the Nordic region
- A health authority in Norway is using technology to help patients understand their medical conditions and make better decisions in treating them.
- IT helps the region punch above its weight in business and enables residents to receive services effectively. Download the latest CW Nordics ezine to read more.
- Review of the top Nordic CIO interviews from Computer Weekly. Read about the experiences of the region’s leading CIOs.