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Online Business Portal For Small
    And Medium Sized Enterprises


                   Brian Makepeace
                   ...
Workshop Agenda

       Introductions and project background
       Overview of UEL defined requirements
        –   Ref...
Introductions and Project
            Overview


                Presented by

                Brian Makepeace




3
Agenda

       Introductions
       Project aim
       Objectives
       Benefits
       Plan




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Introductions

       Brian Makepeace
        –   UELconnect
        –   Finance and Projects Manager
        –   http://...
Project Aim

       To increase UEL engagement in knowledge
        exchange activities by developing a
        networkin...
Project Objectives

       Develop a system that provides online facilities for
        SMEs to collaborate and share bes...
Project Benefits

       Provide free to use business portal for SMEs
        to facilitate
        –   Networking and li...
Draft Project Plan (09/10)

       Agree Requirements              July
       Functional Specification        Aug
    ...
Overview of UEL defined
          requirements


                Presented by

                Rob Bourne




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Agenda

        Setting the scene
         –   Social networking principles
        Potential platforms
        Require...
Setting the scene

        Social networking
        Six degrees of separation
        Social capital
        Wisdom o...
Potential Platforms

        Linking in to existing social networking sites
         –   Linked in
         –   Facebook
...
Requirements walkthrough (1)

        Social Networking - Creation of sustainable
         communities
         –   Indiv...
Requirements walkthrough (2)

        Content portal - Resources that have
         business benefits to the SMEs
       ...
Requirements walkthrough (3)

        Tool kits - Either hosted and integrated or
         raised for awareness
         ...
Requirements walkthrough (4)

        Dissemination of job/internship vacancies
         –   Structure of the request of ...
Requirements walkthrough (5)

        Work based learning
         –   Promotion of UELconnect activities in this area
  ...
Requirements walkthrough (6)

        Sustainability
         –   Utilise feeds to refresh content
         –   Repeat fu...
Critical discussion




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Activity outline

        Two groups facilitated by UELconnect leads
        Session purpose
         –   CRITICALLY dis...
Roadmap



        Presented by

        Rob Bourne




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Roadmap

        Platform vision
        Next steps
        User group/focus group




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Platform vision

        What do we envisage the final product to be?
         –   Do you think this would be beneficial ...
Next steps
        Build
          –   Test
          –   Evaluate
          –   Update requirements/spec
        Build
...
User group

        Main focus of the project is knowledge
         exchange
        Disseminate project outcomes
     ...
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  1. 1. Online Business Portal For Small And Medium Sized Enterprises Brian Makepeace Rob Bourne Carleen Walker 1
  2. 2. Workshop Agenda  Introductions and project background  Overview of UEL defined requirements – Refreshment break  Critical discussion breakout sessions  Project roadmap – Lunch 2
  3. 3. Introductions and Project Overview Presented by Brian Makepeace 3
  4. 4. Agenda  Introductions  Project aim  Objectives  Benefits  Plan 4
  5. 5. Introductions  Brian Makepeace – UELconnect – Finance and Projects Manager – http://www.uel.ac.uk/uelconnect/staff/brian_makepeace.htm  Rob Bourne – UELconnect – Learning Technologist – http://www.uel.ac.uk/uelconnect/staff/rob_bourne.htm  Carleen Walker – UELconnect – Projects Administrator 5
  6. 6. Project Aim  To increase UEL engagement in knowledge exchange activities by developing a networking and business resource portal for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) 6
  7. 7. Project Objectives  Develop a system that provides online facilities for SMEs to collaborate and share best practice with other SMEs and the University of London  Incorporate relevant business resources for SMEs  Link this system to information about UEL’s courses and consulting services  Provide an access point for UEL graduates/entrepreneurs to engage with SMEs (local business contacts, job opportunities, internships) 7
  8. 8. Project Benefits  Provide free to use business portal for SMEs to facilitate – Networking and links to other SMEs, UEL academics and graduates – Accessing business information resources – Skills development through access to UEL course offerings 8
  9. 9. Draft Project Plan (09/10)  Agree Requirements July  Functional Specification Aug  Prototype development Aug  Prototype review and sign off Sep  Develop solution Oct  Testing Nov  Implementation Dec 9
  10. 10. Overview of UEL defined requirements Presented by Rob Bourne 10
  11. 11. Agenda  Setting the scene – Social networking principles  Potential platforms  Requirements walkthrough 11
  12. 12. Setting the scene  Social networking  Six degrees of separation  Social capital  Wisdom of the crowd  Architecture of participation  The power of niche 12
  13. 13. Potential Platforms  Linking in to existing social networking sites – Linked in – Facebook  Open source solutions – Boonex – ELGG – Drupal (CMS) – Wordpress (Blogging software) 13
  14. 14. Requirements walkthrough (1)  Social Networking - Creation of sustainable communities – Individual networks linking in to wider networks – Private groups to knowledge share/network – Public access groups – Method to capture business information and individual users – Identification of SMEs by physical location* – Content seeding by UEL 14
  15. 15. Requirements walkthrough (2)  Content portal - Resources that have business benefits to the SMEs – Ideally involve low levels of manual interpretation – Identification of specific resources – Logical categorisation of content – Peer review of content e.g. amazon ratings type system – Jobs boards to advertise positions 15
  16. 16. Requirements walkthrough (3)  Tool kits - Either hosted and integrated or raised for awareness – IPR/copyright resources – Links to comms tools – Web conferencing and collaboration solutions – Resources for getting the best out of these tools – Blogs wikis, project management tools – CRM 16
  17. 17. Requirements walkthrough (4)  Dissemination of job/internship vacancies – Structure of the request of internships – Mechanisms for companies to target specific individuals – Traditional mail shot approaches  Short courses – Linking in to UEL offerings – Potential for feedback with regard to new courses 17
  18. 18. Requirements walkthrough (5)  Work based learning – Promotion of UELconnect activities in this area  UELconnect consultancy services – Link to our consulting services – Context specific linking to our services – Focus on knowledge exchange – Showcase of developed products 18
  19. 19. Requirements walkthrough (6)  Sustainability – Utilise feeds to refresh content – Repeat funding rounds available in terms of Challenge funding – Promote contribution from SMEs with seeding, link baiting 19
  20. 20. Critical discussion 20
  21. 21. Activity outline  Two groups facilitated by UELconnect leads  Session purpose – CRITICALLY discuss the proposed requirements – PROPOSE new requirements – DEFINE importance  Pull together the ideas – This requirements document will then be pulled in to a functional specification for the solution 21
  22. 22. Roadmap Presented by Rob Bourne 22
  23. 23. Roadmap  Platform vision  Next steps  User group/focus group 23
  24. 24. Platform vision  What do we envisage the final product to be? – Do you think this would be beneficial to you? – Any other ideas?  Is this worth doing? – Are we replicating existing systems? 24
  25. 25. Next steps  Build – Test – Evaluate – Update requirements/spec  Build – Test – Evaluate – Update requirements/spec  Build – Test – Evaluate – Update requirements/spec Ad infinitum 25
  26. 26. User group  Main focus of the project is knowledge exchange  Disseminate project outcomes  Form a sustainable user group of interested parties  Communications in terms of project progress 26
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