The New Frontier of the Enterprise – SME
Today, governments worldwide recognizes the importance of SMEs and their contribution to economic growth, social cohesion, employment and local development. SMEs account for over 95% of enterprises and 60%-70% of employment, and generate a large share of new jobs. As globalization and technological change reduce the importance of economies of scale in many activities, the potential contribution of smaller firms is enhanced.
According to the Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, Inc., Small and medium businesses (companies with up to 999 employees) here in the Philippines are set to spend more than US$3 billion on info-communications technology (ICT) this 2008, up 12% over 2007, due to a boom in the overall economy and a rise in the number of SMEs.
A research commissioned by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) revealed that SMEs plan to invest in over the next 12 months in the following technology: 29% said secured data backup, storage and disaster recovery; 24% in IP telephony; 19% in server virtualization and consolidation; 18% in Wi-Fi, and 13% in storage area networks.
Technology is a real business enabler, companies are far savvier about technology and constantly seek to optimize their business efficiency through harnessing the opportunities that technology brings them. The business world has reached a level of IT maturity, with IT playing a core role in enabling the company to deliver on its strategy.
With SMEs, it is not a question of how much, but it is more of WHAT, WHY, WHO and HOW. What technology will help them grow their business? Why do they need it? Who should they work with? And how do they implement and maintain it?
To answer all these questions, Powertips will be having the SME Business Technology Conference on June 5, 6, 7, 2008 at the SM Megatrade Hall 1. Companies like Accencia, Acer, APC, BenQ, Brother, Canon, Chase Tech, Epson, HP, INTEL, IronFort, Mannasoft, Microwarehouse, Nexus, NEC, PLDT, Red Fox, SAP, WSI, Yahoo Philippines will be at hand to share their knowledge and expertise to SMEs.
Attendees will gain valuable tools, resources, information and connections. Be enlightened by informative seminars from industry experts going throughout the day. Visitors will also have the chance to win FREE computers and other valuable prizes. Admission is FREE.
SMEs are the new frontier of the enterprise. They are willing to invest but they cannot afford to fail. It is the responsibility of the I.T. industry to guide them and the conference is providing the venue to meet and explore news business opportunities.
See you all at the SME Business Technology Conference 2008 at the SM Megatrade Hall 1 on June 5, 6, 7, 2008 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). For more information, visit http://www.infochat.com.ph or call 893.5274 or 8878447 locals 3350 and 3360.