Meeting the practical needs of tourism businesses in the Nordic countries when adopting and employing ICT in their operations has been the focus of the study. Taking into account the structure and challenges of the tourism industry in the Nordic region, the different case studies in this report represents different approaches to efficient use of ICT, offering a toolbox consisting of suggestions on how to take advantage of ICT for market communication, customer knowledge, service design and innovation.
The SMEs are important for European Economy - see table
The seven tools in the digital toolbox developed, are a mobile app, a service design toolkit, a customer knowledge tool, a website analysis toolkit, a user generated content sentiment analysis tool, a methodology for open innovation and a digital marketing tool.
Investigation Research: Needs and requirements of SMEs in the field of Talent Management and analytics as bridge between business and VET system realities
Athens will host the first INCREA Multiplier Event on June 4th
On June 4th, Crystal Clear Soft (CCS), a leading educational software company, will host “Migrants and Creative Businesses: A Survey on Skill Gaps and Training Needs”, a two-day Multiplier Event in Athens, Greece in order to present the results of the first Intellectual Output on the development of INCREA, a project that aims to help integrate migrants and refugees into European society within the KA2 of the Erasmus + programme.
How Digital is Europe and who is speeding up the process of getting into top positions when it comes to Digitization?
Business Digitization and e-Commerce
All sections of the DESI 2018 are obviously interesting for SMEs and SME-supporters - but nevertheless the adaptation and integration of Digital Technology in enterprises is the most interesting. It is still very clear that in these kinds of reports the SME-label covering micro, small and medium sized enterprises is not providing a fair view on the situation. As the difference between "Large" and "SME" enterprises is quite clear - there is also a huge difference between a micro company and a medium sized one. For example when we compare percentage of businesses employing ICT-specialists we can assume that the 18% of SMEs hiring specialists are more medium sized than micro. In this comparison we also lack the information regarding outsourcing that explains that "only" 76% of the large organizations have ICT specialists in their staff. How much is outsourcing a tool for small businesses?
Please comment on this post and share your experience when it comes to the digitization in micro, small and medium sized businesses in your region.
Constraints and problems found
Hardware hackers Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo have smashed the previous record for solving the Rubik's cube robotically. Their machine solved the puzzle in 0.38 seconds—a 40-percent improvement over the previous record of 0.637. - Read the article here...
Whatch it happen
How will Robotics and 3D printing have an impact on SMEs and jobs in the - not so far - future?
In the SME Academy Network Workshop "Robotics and 3D Printing in SMEs - we introduced a report and an attempt to provide required training - as well as discussed some possible opportunities for SMEs. - Check the workshop....
As we mostly meet online in our workshops and round table meetings we thought it is about time to arrange a face to face meeting for all colleagues in the network. The survey result shows that 79,7% of all respondents think it is a great idea and 20,3% think it could be a good idea. So - of course we will schedule and plan for this conference.
Where and When?
As per the results the conference should take place in Brussels, Belgium, on a Friday either in May or September.
Applying for funding of a project? Check the lessons
Do we have the required skills?
Are there any Business Opportunities for SMEs?
Yes there certainly are - and they are explored and used by more than early adopters - but there is definitely more to do and to develop. To find a balance between New Technology implementation, Infrastructure creation, Entrepreneurs and SMEs Innovations, the skills and competence of the workforce and students, a working labor market is not the easiest task we have in front of us - but a very inspiring one. Transnational collaboration and joint projects are tools we can use in these matters and we need to bring individuals together in work shops and brainstorming sessions to open new doors and ways forward.
83% of SMEs confirmed the benefits to their company in the use of robots and 79% identified tasks in their companies that could be automated in the future. 90% of individual respondents think that acquiring knowledge on robotics could give them an advantage on the labour market. However, only half of them have already taken courses about the subject but 61% see that in the future their work will involve robotics and robots. This also corresponds with the answers from individual respondents in as much as only 6% have a professional level of knowledge on the topic, 63% some level and 31% no knowledge at all.
In respect of 3D printing the results show a lower involvement with the topic in general. 45% of participating SMEs are already using 3D Printing and 82% are convinced that their employees will benefit from more knowledge in the area. 94% of individuals stated they have not taken any courses in 3D Printing although 74% think that such knowledge would give them an advantage in future job seeking or at work
Outside the EU 28 you can note first of all Switzerland showing a very strong Innovation rank compared to the neighboring EU28 states. South Korea, Japan and China are other competitors to keep an eye on and to learn from.
In the European Innovation Scoreboard you can find all details and there is also a Regional Innovation Scoreboard there you can view specific regions within the European Union. If you are interested to compare different countries there is an Interactive tool that makes it easy to compare results 2010-2016.
Read the blog post regarding the result in SMEBOX, Swedish partner, web site.
Also watch the first Lesson in Module 1, produced by SELENA Italy. "Not perfect but winning". by continuing with Read more...
About the project:
The Eng@ge project is motivated by the problem that the vast use of resources used by mankind is growing due to global population growth and increasing living standards. The project will develop an open digital training toolbox to exploit the concept of circular economy as a basis for green entrepreneurship.
YOUTH SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A NEW OPPORTUNITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS
In these times of economic crisis – which are deeply affecting the younger generation – our project aims at targeting youth unemployment through a more innovative approach. Social Youth Entrepreneurship is a growing field in which the youth might find interesting work opportunities: the HUB model will help create »start-up aggregators« to support the creation of new social enterprises.
The HUB MODEL KIT
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SME Academy 2017