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Cloud computing in Flanders

Cloud computing is one of the staples of the digital age, providing shared IT resources and data to devices without the need for on-site infrastructure and management. Because it is such a hot topic, it’s also a hot field for innovation – and you can find the newest developments in Flanders.

Already strong in all areas of ICT, it comes as no surprise that cloud computing innovation is strongly rooted in the region. With its excellent infrastructure, advanced networks and possession of all data-related elements that drive cloud computing, Flanders also attracts some of the world’s most innovative cloud companies.

Not only does Flanders boast a tightly collaborative ecosystem of research groups, incubators and companies actively changing the face of cloud computing; it also boasts an experienced and skilled ICT Welcome Team, courtesy of Flanders Investment & Trade, that assists ICT companies new to Flanders in taking advantage of every benefit the region has to offer.

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Multidisciplinary ICT Welcome Team

As of January 2017, Flanders Investment & Trade offers the skills and services of a dedicated ICT Welcome Team to foreign companies interested in establishing themselves in the region of Flanders. Also charged with driving Flanders’ market approach, this team is comprised of experienced advisors with expertise covering many aspects of ICT.

An ecosystem for cloud computing innovation

Flanders has every resource, asset and source of information your company needs to innovate in the cloud – including industry leaders, universities, knowledge bases and research centers.

Cloud computing: driving agility on-demand

Companies, universities, municipalities and – they are all moving their data and their applications to the cloud. Why? Because cloud computing enables them the flexibility and cost savings they need to target their core business activities and focus on their customers’ needs. Cloud computing touches every aspect of IT related to big data, wireless networks smart systems and beyond – and impacts almost every industry. Some of these sectors tap into particular strengths of Flanders as a region:

All the talent at hand

Several university colleges in Flanders provide practical bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields closely related to cloud computing, network design, data storage and wireless technology. Some of these programs include:

Specific incentives

Flanders offers incentives that are relevant to research-intensive domains like ICT and cloud computing. Examples include:

  • investment deduction for R&D – 13.5% of acquisition value/qualifying asset or 20.5% of the depreciated amount;
  • exemption of payment of 80% – of the personal income withholding tax of researchers in certain scientific fields. 
  • innovation income deduction – up to 85% of a firm’s net earnings from innovation is tax exempt.

Did you know…

…  the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO) awards up to EUR 8,000 to Belgian PhD students with original theses related to edge and cloud computing and other ICT topics in the form of the Nokia Bell Scientific Prize?

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