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Cost effective e-business operating services for SMEs

Objective

CEBOS will establish and evaluate e-Market Places (Mediation Sites) that will progressively minimize the gap between SMEs and the International on-line Market. CEBOS will provide cost-effective e-business solutions customized according to regional requirements for those SMEs targeted in the proposed Best Practice pilots. Furthermore, CEBOS will offer to the SMEs involved the opportunity to go digital under a concentrated market perspective. The Consortium includes catalyst organisations with maturity in e-Business and the necessary organizational structure to co-operate with SME associations, to prove the added-value benefits and viability of CEBOS marketplaces. CEBOS will establish and evaluate e-Market Places (Mediation Sites) that will progressively minimize the gap between SMEs and the International on-line Market. CEBOS will provide cost-effective e-business solutions customized according to regional requirements for those SMEs targeted in the proposed Best Practice pilots. Furthermore, CEBOS will offer to the SMEs involved the opportunity to go digital under a concentrated market perspective. The Consortium includes catalyst organisations with maturity in e-Business and the necessary organizational structure to co-operate with SME associations, to prove the added-value benefits and viability of CEBOS marketplaces.

OBJECTIVES
The main objective of CEBOS is the establishment and evaluation of e-Market Places (Mediation Sites) that will progressively minimize the gap between SMEs and the International on line market. Through the project, CEBOS partners aim at:- Analysing European regional markets in order to identify business opportunities for on line SMEs and depict the business environment where CEBOS BPPs will operate- Analysing SME business models in order to identify their strategic business objectives and their requirements for cost efficient and effective e-Business activities? Delivering Best Practice Models for Electronic Market Places in regional and European level, through their demonstration with active participation of e-Business Catalysts, SME Associations and SMEs - Operating and validating the value added benefits of CEBOS mediator platform for cost efficient and supportive e-Business ? Measuring the impact of such a customized model in regional SME markets and identifying transition and re-engineering requirements - Widely disseminating the CEBOS Business Cases in order to provide SMEs with a strategic competitive advantage in the digital economy. CEBOS will provide a self sustained electronic Market Place remotely administrated by its SME users. A light CEBOS tool that will facilitate remote site & product management by individual users will be also validated during the project in order to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and facilitate its market penetration. The tool will be able to visualize the ASP model locally in order to provide SMEs with a comprehensive view of their catalogue and process model and enhance internal e-Business maturity. The CEBOS sites will also provide the necessary mechanisms for online training of corporate and individual users in order to position themselves more efficiently.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The rationale of the proposed work structure follows to a certain extent a hybrid methodology combining technology and business development activities. As a Best Practice project, the CEBOS consortium strongly believes that a large part of the work should address the alignment of the project technology evolutions with detailed user requirements where SME strategic business objectives are met in a cost efficient way. However, e-Business projects, especially those that deal with electronic market places, should also address organizational transformation, co-operation and business planning issues in order for an SME effectively step and exploit the desired state. To this end our methodology, involves the requirements elicitation and gathering both from user associations, end-users (SMEs), domain experts, and regional surveys on particular aspects of marketing, sales and replenishment processes and regional e-Business status (work package 1). To this end, a mock up demo of CEBOS operation will be presented to the user associations and specifically to a selected set of their members, during focused working seminars, in order to validate the technology choices and demonstrate the preliminary functionality of the overall e-Business platform. Then, follows the specification and planning of the Best Practice pilot operation, where user requirements are transformed into viable business scenarios, along with the specification of open inter-organizational business processes, standard information flows and tele-working practices (work package 2). Then follows the actual deployment phase where all user application scenarios are validated and refined (work package 3). The initial steps for the deployment of the results, such as demonstrations and information dissemination, are already planned to take place during the project lifetime (work package 4). However, the consortium is conscious that the exploitation of a Best Practice project must cope with a number of constraints such a s finance, legislation, marketing, logistics and distribution, in order to be successfully exploited by the majority of SMEs in the respective regions (and European wide). To this end best practice guides will be developed and disseminated to the wider SME community and European / regional decision makers. These guides will clearly present the CEBOS business case and indicate all required transformation and culture building activities on behalf of the SMEs, user associations and regional authorities. Analytical description of the dissemination activities is provided in section C.8.

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