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  • Online Business Portal For Small And Medium Sized Enterprises Brian Makepeace Rob Bourne Carleen Walker 1
  • Workshop Agenda  Introductions and project background  Overview of UEL defined requirements – Refreshment break  Critical discussion breakout sessions  Project roadmap – Lunch 2
  • Introductions and Project Overview Presented by Brian Makepeace 3
  • Agenda  Introductions  Project aim  Objectives  Benefits  Plan 4
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Overview of UEL defined requirements Presented by Rob Bourne 10
  • Agenda  Setting the scene – Social networking principles  Potential platforms  Requirements walkthrough 11
  • Setting the scene  Social networking  Six degrees of separation  Social capital  Wisdom of the crowd  Architecture of participation  The power of niche 12
  • Potential Platforms  Linking in to existing social networking sites – Linked in – Facebook  Open source solutions – Boonex – ELGG – Drupal (CMS) – Wordpress (Blogging software) 13
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Critical discussion 20
  • 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
  • Roadmap Presented by Rob Bourne 22
  • Roadmap  Platform vision  Next steps  User group/focus group 23
  • 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
  • Next steps  Build – Test – Evaluate – Update requirements/spec  Build – Test – Evaluate – Update requirements/spec  Build – Test – Evaluate – Update requirements/spec Ad infinitum 25
  • 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