“Atos Origin coordinates BEinGRID project launched to implement and deploy grid solutions across the European Industry”
Madrid, November 13, 2006
BEinGRID Project (Business Experiments in Grid) intends to move Grid technology from research to European industryAtos Origin, an international information technology services company is the coordinator of the European project BEinGRID, Business Experiments in GRID, developed by 75 partners throughout Europe . This project runs 18 business experiments designed to implement and deploy Grid solutions in industrial key sectors (such as automotive, aeronautics, financial, pharmaceutical and media sector).
Each one of the eighteen business experiments is a real Grid pilot application focusing on specific business processes addressing current customer needs and requirements. The involvement of the end users and service providers in the pilots is considered crucial to derive successful case studies. By convincing the early adopters about the benefits of using these leading edge Grid technologies, the examples may support the transition from a research context to wide business adoption.
Grid technologies connect computers, data repositories, software programs, scientific instruments and other devices ; bringing together users around the world or from different businesses in a single and “virtual” enterprise in which users can share knowledge instantly and easily access and store shared data. Grid technology also gives users the chance to exploit the processing power of all the computers connected to the grid. This is a field where new business opportunities will arise in the information technology sector in the next years. It could change radically the way businesses work, how to do business, relations between people and definitively change society in the same way that email and the Internet did.
One objective of these experiments is to make up a repository to bring together components and best practices to support European businesses with the take-up of Grid. This project which started last June and will continue for the next three and half years receives financing within the IST priority of the European Union's 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (15.7 million euros).
"The business experiments have been selected from different key sectors as the best candidates for being GRID success stories and we expect a tremendous business impact on the European ICT industry" says Mr. Diego Pavía, CEO of Atos Origin for Spain and Portugal. He adds: "Atos Origin keeps a solid commitment to research and innovation, and actively takes part, through its Atos Research & Innovation division, in numerous European projects, such as Orchestra, Esfors, Trustcom, Brein, Elegi, Akogrimo, Assessgrid, Gridcomp and Echogrid. Atos Origin is also a member of various technological platforms, such as NESSI, INES, ISI, eISI, NanoMedicine and NanoMed".
In Spain, the project relies on participation of other organisations such as Ándago, Barcelona Supercomputer Center, GridSystems, Telefónica I+D and the Complutense University of Madrid.
According to Mateo Valero, Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, "The BEinGRID project is a clear attempt to transfer research results in Grid to an industrial use by businesses; one of BSC's objectives".
"Telefonica I+D participates in BEinGRID in activities related with new business models to facilitate the consolidation of Grid technology in European industry. It relies on its Grid experience acquired in previous projects in order to do this. Thus in these moments it forms part of a technical experiment whose objective is using Grid in modelling and use of new financial products" explains David Artuñedo, chief of Telefónica I+D real time communications.
European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding expressed no doubt about the advantages that Grid technologies can bring to the European economy in the press release published by the European Commission during the public launch of 23 grid projects at the European Grid Technology Days celebrated in Brussels on September 19, “Grid and service-oriented architectures are enabling technologies for economy-wide productivity and growth. They will make today's information and communication technology infrastructures more flexible and agile, enabling businesses to adapt and innovate faster, so as to meet new needs", she affirms.
For more information on BeinGrid project, please visit www.beingrid.eu
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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