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
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....
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.
"According to Ambient Insight, the self-paced eLearning market size in Western Europe eLearning market is around USD 8billion in 2016, while Eastern Europe market is around $1billion. The spur in the region can be subjected to increasing adoption of these solutions in medium and small sized businesses"
Empowering entrepreneurs to reduce unemployment through economic growth and strengthening of leadership through mentoring in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been at the core of Mowgli’s essence since we began in 2008. Eight years on and we have proudly achieved, and in some cases exceeded, all of our initial operational and impact goals.
Mentors who participate in the mentoring programs benefit equally as much as the entrepreneurs they serve, especially in the personal growth and strengthening of leadership aspects.
Reports & Results
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SME Academy 2017