Data Center & Cloud

Carl Wideman


Carl Wideman, Cluster Director, DIGITICE Finland

A former British submariner for ten years, Carl worked in real estate and asset management in senior roles, with and for some of the largest Insurance companies in the world, he completed Chartered institute of banking and insurance examinations and then in 1995 co-founded a group of companies in the UK, providing services to corporate and individual investors. Following a health scare, he moved with his family to Finland in 2008 and has been heading up the Invest in Kainuu team and IT services sector at Regional development company Kainuun Etu Oy for the last six years, leading the Kajaani DC cluster and was one of the lead actors in the attraction of CSC, Herman IT Oy, Ebsolut Oy (IBM Spektri) to Kajaani.

Carl continues to work with his team to attract further FDI, DC and IT business cases to Finland and Kajaani.

Supported by a strong team of FDI,DC, IT, Digital services professionals, Carl is confident that Finland is well placed to grow the National Data Centre and Digital business proposition through the National Knowledge intensive cluster DIGITICE

Panel member
Panel discussion: “The Nordic & Baltic region as a growing force”
“In recent years the Nordics have become a hotspot for new Data Center builds, with giants like Google, Facebook, Apple and Yandex selecting to locate large scale new data centers here. The market also attracts increased Data Center establishment interest from the Colocation, IT System Intergrator and Enterprises sectors. Whether it’s for the existing infrastructure, reliably low ambient cooling, ecologically generated power, positive tax conditions or any other reason, It’s no secret that the Nordic countries have fought head to head to attract these news cases. How will the regional actors in Investment Promotion tacitly raise the visibility globally of the key regional selling points? What and at what level is the common approach?”