Keywords IT planning, SMEs, IT requirements analysis, IT cost/benefit analysis
Start Date: 01-OCT-90 / Duration: 12 months
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The overall aim of SMESPRIT was to investigate multiple aspects of the feasibility and implementation approaches for an integrated computer-based system for supporting IT planning in SMEs in Europe. The work would support the identified and growing need for European SMEs to make effective use of information systems in their efforts to maintain competitiveness and sustain growth.
The potential benefits of IT within large organisations are well appreciated, but the appropriate approach for smaller and less sophisticated organisations are less clear. The opportunity for such organisations to make use of IT depends on the quality of the advice they receive and the appropriateness of the delivery channels.
The action was organised around three major activities:
The results of the action included a review of IT planning in the context of SMEs and the establishment of user needs; an investigation into the nature of the knowledge in the domain; and preliminary software. These results are intended to be of value both in direct product development terms and in developing the debate on the appropriate way to introduce IT into SMEs.
The action participants comprised European systems companies with interests in knowledge-based applications, IT consultants, a management association and a university. Through this action the participants would be able to focus the interests of institutions and organisations servicing the IT needs of SMEs and to gain their input and commitment. The action provided recommendations for future development projects and research directions.
Mr G. Karakoulas
4 Sardeon Street
GR - 171 21 ATHINAI
tel: + 30/ 1.934 58 58
fax: + 30/ 1.935 28 73
telex: 215984 ALGO
ALGOSYSTEMS SA - GR - C
ADDAX SA - GR - P
HELLENIC MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION - GR - P
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
& POLITICAL SCIENCE (LSE) - UK - P
EXPERTEAM - UK - P
DELPHI - I - P
SMESPRIT - 5639, December 1993
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