Betting on the Blockchain

With the Bitcoin exchange rate going skyhigh (1 XBT = € 2232 at 4/7/17) one could easily forget about the underlying technology: the blockchain. The Bitcoin blockchain technology can be regarded as a distributed ledger system in which the transactions are permanently time-stamped and stored on many computers simultaneously and made secure by cryptographic means. […] Read more »

IaaS Providers Prefer Azure, SaaS Providers Favour AWS

Today METISfiles presented at a DHPA network meeting for 20 Dutch (DHPA members) and 30 Danish hosting organisations (BFIH members). We recently updated our Danish and Swedish cloudscapes (we will publish more on this shortly) and talked about the similarities and differences between the Dutch and Danish hosting sectors. One of the details we highlighted […] Read more »

The Dutch Digital Economy: Death of Retail

Retail has always been a good indicator of the state of the economy and consumer confidence. The economic crisis following the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 saw a sharp decline in consumer household spending on consumer goods. Even in 2015 spending on consumer goods was still 4% under the all time high of € […] Read more »

Endemol Shine ICT – A Case for the Cloud

Last week we attended the AWS Summit in Utrecht and spoke briefly with Leon Backbier, ICT manager at Endemol Shine Netherlands.  AWS has helped them save approximately 70% in ICT investments and 30% on the operational side. And yes – they plan to expand their business with AWS, at the expense of Microsoft. Why the […] Read more »

Leading IaaS Partners of European SaaS ISVs

A couple of weeks ago we published our Top 1500 European public cloud computing providers infographic, covering the local cloud provider ecosystem in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The infographic shows, amongst other insights, that 70% of European cloud providers are SaaS providers and that 57% of those partner […] Read more »

Charting the Dutch Digital Economy Part VIII: C2C, The Elephant in the Room?

In our series on the Dutch Digital Economy we have so far analyzed the Dutch B2B and B2C e-commerce market. The total business conducted in the B2B and B2C commerce in 2014 equaled € 1015 billion of which 8,7% can be attributed to e-commerce. But when analyzing e-commerce there are a few other markets that […] Read more »