Digital Innovations Made in Milano – Our Italian Hub Cefriel

The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on deve­lo­ped a glo­bal stan­dard for data sov­er­eig­n­ty. To fos­ter the know­ledge trans­fer, the Asso­cia­ti­on faci­li­ta­tes inter­na­tio­nal hubs that share basic know­ledge on the ide­as and con­cepts of IDS in their coun­tries. In our new blog seri­es, we pre­sent our hubs; the orga­niz­a­ti­ons and the peop­le who bring IDSA to the world. First we turn our atten­ti­on to our friends from Cefriel in Ita­ly.

Cefriel’s mission and activities

Cefriel is a digi­tal inno­va­ti­on com­pa­ny aimed at buil­ding a bridge bet­ween the pre­sence and the future of com­pa­nies, hel­ping them achie­ve their full poten­ti­al through Inno­va­ti­on, Rese­arch, and Edu­ca­ti­on. Working side by side with cus­to­mers, in over 30 years of acti­vi­ty, Cefriel has deli­ve­r­ed pro­jects and solu­ti­ons for Ita­li­an and mul­ti­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies, espe­cial­ly in the UK, Switz­er­land, Fran­ce, and the USA.

Foun­ded in 1988, today, its share­hol­ders con­sist of Uni­ver­si­ties, such as Poli­tec­ni­co di Mila­no, Uni­ver­si­tà degli Stu­di di Mila­no, Uni­ver­si­tà degli Stu­di di Mila­no-Bicoc­ca, Uni­ver­si­tà degli Stu­di dell’Insubria, and over 15 lea­ding mul­ti­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies. Cefriel is a not-for-pro­fit com­pa­ny: the tan­gi­ble divi­dend is the effect on the eco­no­my, socie­ty and the who­le ter­ri­to­ry, and the crea­ti­on and pro­mo­ti­on of new pro­fes­sio­nal skills and com­pe­ten­ces.​


Acce­le­ra­te the tran­si­ti­on from phy­si­cal pro­ducts to ser­vices and intan­gi­ble assets to mone­ti­ze data flows and meet evol­ving con­di­ti­ons”

Busi­ness Rela­ti­ons­hip

Get oppor­tu­nities to grow in a bor­der­less eco­no­my; lever­aging regu­la­ted data exchan­ge to crea­te digi­tal eco­sys­tems with part­ners and unlock addi­tio­nal busi­ness value.”

Digi­tal Cul­tu­re

Enab­le new mana­ge­ri­al capa­bi­li­ties from digi­tal assets to boost and dri­ve the busi­ness


Cefriel has a strong focus on ICT and adopts a mul­ti­di­sci­pli­na­ry approach, thus being able to sup­port the ent­i­re inno­va­ti­on lifecy­cle: from injec­ting and dis­co­vering new ide­as, to designing and deve­lo­ping pro­to­ty­pes and pro­ducts, and brin­ging the resul­ting solu­ti­ons to the mar­ket.

Cefriel belie­ves that two cri­ti­cal fac­tors are defi­ning the impor­t­ance of topics in the IDSA approach. The first is the expec­ted intro­duc­tion of the sin­gle Euro­pean digi­tal mar­ket­place. The second is the incre­a­sing atten­ti­on of the Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ty to the pro­blems of SMEs and MEs and their sup­ply chains and eco­sys­tems. Sin­ce SMEs and MEs are one of the most rele­vant, yet cri­ti­cal Euro­pean back­bones, a Euro­pean-wide data-centric approach rai­ses the rele­van­ce of IDSA topics.

Alfon­so Fug­get­ta, CEO and Sci­en­ti­fic Direc­tor

Cefriel's goal as IDSA Ita­li­an Hub is to grow, wit­hin the natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal con­text, sta­ke­hol­der awa­reness and sen­si­ti­vi­ty on the impor­t­ance of coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween com­pa­nies for data exchan­ge – with a view on digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on, an area in which digi­tal eco­sys­tems gui­de new para­digms of dia­lo­gue and busi­ness deve­lo­p­ment bet­ween com­pa­nies. As the Ita­li­an Hub, Cefriel also has the objec­ti­ve to invi­te other com­pa­nies to beco­me part­ners of the asso­cia­ti­on to expand the net­work and the poten­ti­al of the initia­ti­ve wit­hin inno­va­ti­on, edu­ca­ti­on, and rese­arch acti­vi­ties.

Cefriel's activities as IDSA Hub

Cefriel first acti­vi­ty as IDSA Hub is to pro­mo­te the growth of the Hub and its diver­si­ty in terms of com­pa­ny sizes (both lar­ge cor­po­ra­ti­ons like Engi­nee­ring and SMEs like Holo­nix ), as well as in terms of invol­ved sec­tors (ICT sup­plier, manu­fac­tu­ring, Tel­co). Ita­li­an Part­ners will help Cefriel in its mis­si­on.

The Hub will also con­tri­bu­te, with a con­stant effort, to deve­lop the awa­reness of the impor­t­ance of the data space Euro­pean frame­work by pro­mo­ting mar­ke­ting and dis­se­mi­na­ti­on acti­vi­ties and orga­ni­zing tech­ni­cal lear­ning paths in the Ita­li­an lan­guage for part­ners.

Moreo­ver, Cefriel will pro­mo­te and adopt the IDSA frame­work in rese­arch acti­vi­ties, for instance, in the Shift2RAIL Pro­gram and wit­hin smart fac­to­ry rese­arch & inno­va­ti­on initia­ti­ves.

Become an IDSA Hub

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