Business Experiments in GRID (BEinGRID)
BEinGRID runs eighteen business experiments designed to implement and deploy Grid solutions in industrial key sectors. Complementing this work, a knowledge and toolset repository will be developed consisting of Grid service components and best practices to support European businesses with the take-up of Grid.
The main objective of the Business Experiments in Grid project, which has recently been selected for funding by the European Commission’s Grid Technologies F2 Unit, is to foster the adoption of the so-called Next Generation Grid technologies by the realization of several business experiments and the creation of a toolset repository of Grid middleware upper layers.
Grid technology is at a critical transition as it moves from research and academic use to wider adoption by business and enterprise. The use of Grid technology brings many benefits such as the optimisation of IT resources and increased business flexibility with consequent reductions in overall cost and risk for end-users. Grid enables large complex systems to be utilised effectively, allows the sharing of networked resources and also supports new business processes across distributed administrative domains. The lack of business reference cases to persuade potential users to explore the business benefits of this important new technology is leading to weak commercial exploitation of Grid solutions across the EU. Increased general deployment of Grid technologies into the market will strengthen the EU´s competitiveness and leadership in this key area. The mission of BEinGRID is to establish effective routes to foster the adoption of Grid technologies across the EU and to stimulate research into innovative business models.