ICT 4 SME – a sustainable approach to the SME market

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    ICT 4 SME – a sustainable approach to the SME market 
    Friday, 6th August 2010 (9:30am – 11am) 



    The session will focus on the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use within Small and Medium Sized (SME) enterprises to increase their business opportunities. The IT Industry in India has grown rapidly over the last two decades; however, it is mainly directed towards the foreign market and ICT penetration in most parts of the country especially within the SME sector remains low. The main challenges SMEs face are analyzed in the first part of the session. The second part will focus on the approach the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has chosen to establish a sustainable business model, including actors such as Business Associations, Business Development Service (BDS) providers as well as Independent Software Vendors, to penetrate the SME market and increase ICT adoption. A special focus will be on the role of the BDS providers as an adoption catalyst. The session will end with examples from the field and practitioners sharing their experiences. AGENDA

    Time Topic Speaker
    9:30 Introduction Dr. Ricarda Engelmeier
    9:40 ICT and SMEs in India – challenges for adoption for ICT in SME Prof. Amir Ullah Khan, Research Director at the Bangalore Management Academy
    10:00 ICT 4 SME – creating a sustainable model to access the SME market Dr. Ricarda Engelmeier, Technical Advisor, Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) India
    10:15 Business Development Service (BDS) providers as an adoption catalyst Jagat Shah, Founder and Mentor, ClusterPulse
    10:30 SME experiences with ICT Industry experts
    10:45 Q&A

    Agenda might be subject to change 

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