Title: The next generation Grid: an infrastructure for global business systems

Authors: Soha Maad, Brian Coghlan

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, TCD, Dublin 2, Ireland. ' Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, TCD, Dublin 2, Ireland

Abstract: This paper traces the evolution of the Grid and discusses the potential of the Grid as a future infrastructure adapted to the dynamics of global business systems – the global supply chain. Technology challenges facing global business systems are framed in volume (scale), real-time distribution, and real-time universal access to the visual state of the global business process and its associated physical and financial workflow. The future vision of the next generation grid as a an infrastructure for service oriented knowledge utilities makes the Grid a candidate infrastructure to address the challenge associated with the dynamics of global business systems – the global supply chain.

Keywords: next generation grid; world wide web; internet; service oriented knowledge utilities; SOKU; globalisation; global SCM; supply chain management; infrastructures; e-business; electronic business; technology challenges; volume; scale; real-time distribution; real-time universal access; physical workflows; financial workflows; ICT; information technology; communications technology; business information systems; simulation; business modelling; grid computing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2010.034007

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2010 Vol.6 No.1, pp.95 - 110

Published online: 06 Jul 2010 *

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