Fruitful collaboration


SharePoint based project management solutions at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Grape Solutions previously created multiple solutions upon EIT’s widely used SharePoint infrastructure, e.g. a filing system (Filing Register) along with a tender lifecycle tracking tool (Grant Assessment) scaled for enterprise-level usage.

However a new need surfaced regarding the full-scale electronic automation of funding processes for KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Community), institutions of diverse research areas. Grape created a functional extension of the SharePoint platform, which – providing a similar user experience to working with Microsoft Project files – implemented a specific functionality tailored to the unique needs.

Regarding the complexity of the task, not only an integration was needed with an existing resource-intensive SharePoint installation, but proper design was required to handle the high data load against the – traditionally relational – database layer. The solution was prepared for further integration with other systems and designed to be later a basis to a Data Mart reporting tool.

KIC end-users have been assisting to the functional design of the system from the very start, their advises helped the creation of a durable solution that provides a stress-free administration of yearly plans even at the rush before the deadlines.