The novel, federated approach for Industry B2B Platforms.

NIMBLE is funded by the European Commission’s H2020 technology research programme for Factories of the Future, grant agreement No 723810. The project started in October 2016 and will last for 3 years.

Federated agile business collaboration platforms for manufacturing will be the European answer to the common difficulties created by the “platform monopolies” that appear to dominate current thinking about global commerce. 

NIMBLE's vision is to create a federated interoperable eco-system of medium-sized platforms that provide B2B connectivity for the 99% of European businesses that are SMEs and would profit from Internet platforms.  

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NIMBLE’s governance model is a federation of platforms for multi-sided B2B trade, with mandatory interoperation between instances of the platform and with optional, added-value business functions that can be provided by third parties. 

The software infrastructure of the NIMBLE platform will be developed as open source software under an Apache-type, permissive license. Therefore, prospective NIMBLE providers will take the project infrastructure, bundle it with sectoral, regional or functional added value services and launch the new platform in the federation.
 

Our Team

The consortium that will develop the NIMBLE solution is made up of a good mix of relevant European research and industry organisations, coordinated by Salzburg Research. 

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Early Adopters

Four well-known industries will validate the NIMBLE solutions in real-world scenarios:

Whirlpool Europe: the pilot will focus on field technicians carrying out maintenance services on white goods. The use case exemplifies the complex relationship between larger and smaller companies collaborating on a multi-sided platform. NIMBLE will improve the flow of knowledge in both directions of the value chain, leading to faster innovation.  

Micuna: the pilot will focus on smart adaptation of supply networks according to product variants, addresses the case of IoT-enabled products and includes opportunities for an improved circular economy.
 
Piacenza: the pilot will implement monitoring of production via mobile devices and the collaboration between supply chain partners during design and development of high-end fabrics for the textile markets.

Lindbäcks: the pilot is expected to support the following activities: dynamically establishing new logistics chains, the monitoring of transport and on-site construction, relaying quality information of supplier’s products from the construction site back to base at Lindbäcks.
However, we are open to discuss and engage with new potential partners that could either join existing pilot activities or being interested to deploy their specific solution.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
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