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COLLABORATION NETWORK FOR INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURING, BUSINESS AND LOGISTICS IN EUROPE
Del 2016-10-01 al 2019-09-30
NIMBLE will develop the infrastructure for a cloud-based, Industrie 4.0, Internet-of-things-enabled B2B platform on which European manufacturing firms can register, publish machine-readable catalogs for products and services, search for suitable supply chain partners, negotiate contracts and supply logistics, and develop private and secure B2B and M2M information exchange channels to optimise business work flows. The infrastructure will be developed as open source software under an Apache-type, permissive license. The governance model is a federation of platforms for multi-sided trade, with mandatory interoperation functions and optional added-value business functions that can be provided by third parties. This will foster the growth of a net-centric business ecosystem for sustainable innovation and fair competition as envisaged by the Digital Agenda 2020. Prospective NIMBLE providers can take the open source infrastructure and bundle it with sectoral, regional or functional added value services and launch a new platform in the federation.
Internet platforms need fast adoption rates and the work plan reflects this: we start attracting early adopters from day one and develop the initial, working platform in year one. Added-value business functions follow in year two and final validation at large scale, involving hundreds of external firms, will happen in year three. Our adoption plan is designed to enable two or more platform providers at the end of the project, and to have 1000 to 2000 enterprises connected to the overall ecosystem at that point.
NIMBLE has 17 partners grouped around 3 main activities: developing the infrastructure, running a platform adoption programme, and validating the platform with 4 supply chains (white goods, wooden houses, fashion fabrics, and child care furniture).
This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 723810
The ultimate goal of NIMBLE is to develop a federated, multi-sided and cloud services-based business ecosystem that supports:
a. B2B collaboration for industry, manufacturers, business and logistics;
b. ICT-based innovation of products and evolution of traditional business models;
c. federated, competitive yet interoperable instances of the platform
The high-level objective of the project: federated platform providers give different sectors or regions a platform instance for B2C, B2B and M2M collaboration. The regional or sectoral platform instance is capable of interoperating with other platforms in the federation via semantic interoperability services that are shared by all. Specializations would be necessary to account for sector specific practices and standards, and localisations may be necessary to deal with national laws, regional practices and preferences regarding official languages. Therefore, NIMBLE needs to achieve the following objectives:
1. create a platform ecosystem to attract early adopters: providers, vendors, buyers, collaborating using federated platform instances;
2. ensure ease of entry and initial ease of use with quick rewards;
3. grow platform usage by showing the benefits and by adding services where the need arises (release early, release often);
4. master the usage of the platform step-by-step to evolve business cooperation;
5. from the earliest steps to master-level, ensure trust, security and privacy.
FEVAMA - EL SECTOR
SRFG - COORDINADOR
BALANCE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING GMBH
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