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eBusiness Strategy eBusiness Strategy Optimising usage of ICTs by irish SMEs and microenterprises Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment December 2004
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eBusiness Strategy 3 Table of Contents Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Chapter 1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 • What is eBusiness? • The ICT Challenge • Establishment of eBusiness Strategy Project Group • Context/Impetus for the development of a new strategy Chapter 2. The Information Society Action Plan and Role of the . . . . . . . . . . . .11 • Background to the Information Society Action Plan Chapter 3. Levels of ICT usage and obstacles to greater engagement . . .15 • Usage of ICTs by Irish enterprises • Access to ICTs and the Internet • What do Irish Companies use ICTs for? • Reasons for lack of engagement with ICTs • eCommerce • Barriers to eCommerce • Security • eProcurement Chapter 4. Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 • Scope of the policy challenge to be addressed • Regulatory/Business environment and workplace skills • Building ICT management skills and ICT user skills • Supports by the Development Agencies • Provision of Information • Monitoring Performance/Research • Implementation Appendices: Appendix 1 Terms of Reference of eBusiness Strategy Group Appendix 2 Details of Information Society Fund and Agency funded initiatives Appendix 3 List of reports referred to in strategy document Appendix 4 Website links included in document
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eBusiness Strategy 5 Executive Summary This document is intended to form the basis of a new national eBusiness strategy. The aim of this strategy is to encourage and assist SMEs, and micro-enterprises, in the non-ICT producing sectors of the economy, to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in a way that will maximise their competitive advantage. The document represents the output of a Project Group established in December 2003 for this representatives of Forfás, Enterprise Ireland, Shannon Development and the City and County Enterprise Boards. Effective use of ICTs across all sectors of the economy can act as a driver to increase competitiveness. Relatively low levels of ICT usage by European companies, outside of the ICT sector, has been a contributing factor to the failure of Europe to catch up with productivity growth rates of the US. While Ireland has a very strong ICT sector and the potential to become a world leader in newly emerging ICT related industries, our performance is far less impressive when it comes to the use of ICTs by existing
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