About the Project
The project aims to develop a tool for assessing companies’ digital maturity combined with the offer of modules and training content on digital transformation and adaptation of business models that are very directed to most of the European business networks, that is, micro and small companies. The objective is to raise SME’s awareness, such as their partners, managers, and workers, about the necessary changes in their business model and their approach to the market.
The project mainly targets SMEs, since it is the largest group of companies in the EU (almost 99%), professionals and, in general, adults in need of a sound and affordable digital trasition.
Small.Com project arises to meet the need for micro and small companies, current and future, in all sectors of activity, to become more digital and innovative.
It is necessary to assess the current state of the companies digitalization process and what their expectations are. This project proposes to build a digital diagnostic tool that, in a fast, intuitive, and precise way, indicates the company’s current digital degree level, recommending, thereafter, which processes and digitalization tools represent improvement opportunities for continued growth.
This online tool, called the “Small.Com diagnostic tool” will incorporate variables that were until then undervalued in the corporate digitalization process (organizational culture, sector of activity, digital literacy, financial stability, regulatory framework, among others).
According to the “EU Businesses go digital: opportunities, outcomes and uptake” report (CE, 2018), 68% of the member-states of the European Union (EU) have been implementing procedures and governmental policies for the digital transformation incentive.
Almost 9 in 10 companies of the EU recognizes that digital technologies are indeed an opportunity.
47% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affirmed that they had lost more than half of their turnover since the beginning of the pandemic (a study conducted by SAGE (2020).
47% of consumers spent half of their income through e-commerce and a compound annual. A growth rate of 12% is predicted for electronic transactions worldwide between 2019 and 2023 (According to the World Payments Report 2020 published by Capgemini during the pandemic).
A growth rate is predicted for electronic transactions worldwide between 2019 and 2023
Consumers spent half of their income through e-commerce and a compound annual
SMEs - the largest group of companies in the EU
SMEs- affirmed that they had lost more than half of their turnover since the beginning of the pandemic
Member-states of the European Union (EU) have been implementing procedures and governmental policies for the digital transformation incentive.
News about the project Small.Com
Results of the Project Small.Com
Identification of digitalization trends and best practices, taking into account the main areas of digital transformation:
- Digitalization of processes (Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, etc);
- Digitalization of products and services (digital market);
- Organizational digitalization (digital literacy, teleworking, etc.).
DIGITAL MATURITY ASSESSMENT TOOL “SMALL.COM”
- Study of the real needs of micro and small companies in the digitalization process, applying a quantitative data collection methodology
- Analysis and conclusion report of qualitative and quantitative results, with the construction of learning paths and identification of critical areas of intervention, through the application of a multivariate statistical analysis;
- Definition of an algorithm of the digital tool for the diagnosis of the digital transformation process.
Constitution of program contents to educate, assist, and guide partners/managers/employees/stakeholders to identify and understand the current and emerging needs of their organization’s digital transformation. This portfolio will be built taking into account the current and future needs of companies.
An exploration plan will be developed for future collaborations. This plan aims to clearly
define the rights and duties of the entity in charge of operating the project, as well as acting as a manual of good practices for that same entity.
Project Small.Com Partners
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