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Accenture helped Grid4EU design a communication hub to facilitate research collaboration and information sharing.
Grid4EU is the largest European Union co-funded smart grid project, intended to showcase state-of-the-art smart grid technologies and techniques.
Coordinated by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the project brought together a consortium of six distribution system operators (DSO)—covering more than 50 percent of the electricity supply in Europe—to collaborate on large-scale demonstrations of distribution network smart grid solutions for implementation in Europe. In addition to the guidance of its six DSO members, Grid4EU relied on the expertise of a total of 27 centers of excellence.
We worked with ERDF and the consortium to:
Grid4EU’s primary function is to foster research collaboration and information sharing among participating distributors. In order to make this happen, the initiative needed a:
Communication hub to facilitate effective coordination among 11 working groups
Communication plan to align the numerous professionals, stakeholders and regulators involved from multiple companies, locations and countries
ERDF selected Accenture based on our 30 years of utilities industry experience, extensive knowledge of driving effective organizational relationships and unparalleled technical expertise in navigating the complexity of multi-pronged projects.
We worked with the consortium to develop and implement a Grid4EU team hub. A cloud-enabled, Microsoft SharePoint solution was chosen to facilitate effective coordination, sharing and communication between the consortium and its partners.
ERDF worked with us to deliver the Grid4EU communication hub. Managing a wide range of shared business processes, the hub would support critical formal validation processes—including document review and approval, like amending the Grid4EU grant agreement.
Our team also collaborated with ERDF on the development of a global strategy for the dissemination of results to maximize their impact among the European smart grid community.
Leveraging our Change Management capabilities, we:
With approximately 150 active users and an average of 15 to 20 people connecting daily and browsing through 100 to 150 pages, the Grid4EU SharePoint hub has facilitated the safe, secure and efficient sharing of more than 500 documents.
Within the first year, more than 20 deliverables were successfully approved and reported to the European Commission.
Rémy Garaude Verdier, Grid4EU project coordinator, said:
Accenture worked with us to design and implement a collaboration strategy that is credited throughout the consortium for bringing our people, ideas and data together in an effective, efficient and user-friendly way.
We selected Accenture because of its broad professional services experience, deep industry expertise and proven ability to deliver measurable organizational improvements.
It was the right decision. Accenture continues to help Grid4EU drive high performance and accelerate smart grid evolution in Europe.
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