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Grid company Platform Computing Inc. last month added business intelligence technology from Cognos Inc. to its rapidly evolving suite of grid computing software. Platform will OEM Cognos’ reporting and analysis tools, including Cognos’ PowerPlay and Upfront, which help companies manage complex compute environments such as grids, said Paul Hill, the vice-president of marketing for Platform Computing, based in Toronto. The idea of grid computing environments that link and optimize all of the compute resources in a distributed network has been gaining momentum in the industry. Already popular in scientific computing, enterprises are recognizing the value of grids as ways to optimize their business technology, said Robert Batchelder, a research director at Gartner Inc., in Stamford, Conn.