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A presentation of Emirates Computers by Mr. Khaldoun Al Shamaa at the Communication for the Smart SMB event held at Murooj Rotana Dubai last May 21, 2008 organized by Emirates Computers and sponsored by Cisco & 3M.

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Smart SMB Presentation

  1. 1. S M A RT L I V I N G
  2. 2. SMART MOBILITY SMART HOME SMART ENTERPRISE S M A RT L I V I N G EVERYWHERE SMART CAMPUS SMART HOTEL SMART CITY
  3. 3. S M A RT L I V I N G LIVE THE FUTURE TODAY.
  4. 4. SMART SMB TECHNOLOGY AS A UNIQUE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
  5. 5. SO WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
  6. 6. SMALL & MID-SIZED BUSINESSES BUSINESS WITH A SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
  7. 7. SMALL & MID-SIZED BUSINESSES The legal definition of quot;smallquot; often varies by country and industry, but is generally under 100 employees in the United States while under 50 employees in the European Union
  8. 8. SMALL & MID-SIZED BUSINESSES In comparison, the American definition of mid-sized business by the number of employees is generally under 500 while 250 is for that of European Union
  9. 9. SMALL & MID-SIZED BUSINESSES REGIONAL FLAVOR!
  10. 10. SMALL & MID-SIZED BUSINESSES REGIONAL FLAVOR! Large number of employees (>500) Big IT budgets or budgets in general Very elaborate IT strategy Big revenues (>100 M USD)
  11. 11. SO WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?
  12. 12. ACHIEVE COMPETITIVE PERFORMANCE WITH SMALLER BUDGETS
  13. 13. COMPETE WITH LARGER BUSINESSES IN AN OPEN MARKET
  14. 14. IT is complex and without either an internal IT dept or a reliable company to support the set-up, a small business could face difficulties.
  15. 15. With proper support, small companies quickly appreciate the benefits of IT and learn to trust technology.
  16. 16. Finding the right and cost effective resources to manage IT setups in addition to cybernetic threats.
  17. 17. Limited budgets and resources, results in lower agility in a very dynamic market and lower productivity in a very competitive one.
  18. 18. IN SUMMARY
  19. 19. Mobile / wireless solutions and applications The Internet (as a marketplace) Enhanced communication and interactivity IN SUMMARY Collaboration between employees, partners and customers One box from a one stop shop Business is focused on results, not with technology SMBs want it simple, affordable and working
  20. 20. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES?
  21. 21. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES? Mobility for employees Online business Improved collaboration Risk free secure operation ENC Y Contingency plans EMERG
  22. 22. ADOPTING LATEST TECHNOLOGY WITH LIMITED RESOURCES
  23. 23. ADOPTING LATEST TECHNOLOGY WITH LIMITED RESOURCES Managed services Outsourcing Work closely with the right supplier Invest for the future Invest in the right components
  24. 24. SMB’S NEED TO THINK BIG Ability to capture, organize, share and analyze information React to the market and make business decisions based on this information Adopt strategic purchasing plans Approach with defined performance goalsyielding to tangible and measured results
  25. 25. WHAT ARE THE TRENDS?
  26. 26. WHAT ARE THE TRENDS? Out of the box high end IT solutions Delivery models (direct implementations, hosted, managed, SaaS, appliances) IT vendor or supplier as an extension to their IT department Wireless networking, all in one printers and business automation software, etc.
  27. 27. HOW CAN SMB’S SAVE? Minimize resources Reduce overheads on one hand Simple Recipe: Capture Access Share Collaborate Execute Analyze Learn
  28. 28. HOW CAN SMB’S SAVE? Minimize resources Reduce overheads on one hand Simple Recipe: Capture Access Share Collaborate Execute Analyze Learn
  29. 29. WHAT CAN AN SMB DO WRONG?
  30. 30. WHAT CAN AN SMB DO WRONG? Address a problem when it occurs Reactive behavior and notoriously underestimating IT capabilities Cutting too many corners the first time around Anti-IT (or IT-resisting) culture within their organization Not to embrace IT and make it a core strategy for SMB success Over commit without properly analyzing their capabilities and enabling infrastructure Not having an effective online presence
  31. 31. KEY TECHNOLOGIES FOR SMB’S HOW TO BE SMART?
  32. 32. KEY TECHNOLOGIES FOR SMB’S HOW TO BE SMART? Networking & Communication Infrastructure Computing Platform Applications & Software Services

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