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Virtual Trade Mission

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This presentation highlights a recent project undertaken by our InnovationWorx group - the goal of the project was to enhance current Trade Mission capabilities by adding virtual elements...

This presentation highlights a recent project undertaken by our InnovationWorx group - the goal of the project was to enhance current Trade Mission capabilities by adding virtual elements...

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  • 1.  
  • 2. The Premise
    • The State of Ohio owes much of its prosperity to international trade. The State has made significant investments already in helping to expand that trade to encourage further growth.
    • However, the State of Ohio has limited resources. Establishing Trade Missions to foreign nations is a costly and time-consuming venture.
    • What if technology might help simultaneously reduce some of those costs while expanding the scope of potential trade missions?
  • 3. A Virtual Trade Mission
    • We are here to explore the possibility of establishing a new approach towards facilitating trade missions for Ohio. We believe that this approach will allow Ohio to do more with its limited resources.
    • The Virtual Trade Mission concept represents both technology and process elements – at its heart is the idea that web technology can help make the connections between potential trading partners here in Ohio and abroad.
    • We are advocating a proof of concept project dedicated to expanding trade to Latin American.
  • 4. What the Virtual Trade Mission is
    • The Virtual Mission itself is a web portal. It’s dedicated to providing several fundamental capabilities:
        • To provide targeted information to potential trade mission participants.
        • To provide online collaboration mechanisms for those participants.
        • To help facilitate the development of in-person meetings and events.
  • 5. The Value Proposition
    • The Virtual Trade Mission project is a Win/Win proposition for Ohio:
        • It will be provided at no-cost.
        • It is an example of how public - private partnerships can solve problems.
        • It will help to educate Ohio companies about how to successfully export.
        • It will help foreign nations learn more about the benefits of doing business with Ohio.
        • It will allow Ohio to target more Physical Trade Missions by preparing expectations and lining up participants…
  • 6. Who We Are
    • Semantech Inc. is a small business founded in 2007. The company is located in Dayton, Ohio. Since our inception we have supported clients in a variety of industries nationwide. Our charter is to provide enterprise solutions and to develop innovative approaches to better solve Challenges in both the Government & Private Sector.
  • 7. The Virtual Trade Mission Proof of Concept (POC) Overview
  • 8. POC Solution Goals …
    • The Virtual Trade Mission proof of concept project is targeted to one near-term goal – supporting the development of a trade mission to Latin America.
    • Our goals with the Proof of Concept are as follows:
        • Demonstrate that a Virtual Trade Mission Portal can extend trade mission activities to markets that do not yet have infrastructure support in the targeted nations.
        • Demonstrate that the technical solution can meet the business development objectives.
        • Facilitate 1 new trade mission for Ohio.
  • 9. POC Capabilities
    • The Virtual Trade Mission proof of concept represents a subset of foundational capabilities that would later be applied to all other trade mission support activities. These capabilities consist of:
        • A Single Sign On Portal (User Interface) wherein all other features can be accessed.
        • A content management system that can be accessed and modified by the State of Ohio.
        • A customer relationship management (CRM) system which can be used by participants.
        • A set of Web 2.0 collaboration tools.
        • A Wiki and / or FAQ system
  • 10. POC Project Structure
  • 11. Semantech Inc. POC Solution Architecture
  • 12. Our Solution Approach
    • The Virtual Trade Mission proof of concept architecture is designed to provide maximum capability along with ease of maintenance.
    • We are building the solution utilizing Open Source tools hosted by a leading web hosting provider located in Columbus, Ohio.
    • We’ve chosen this approach in order to reduce cost, increase delivery speed, allow for end user modifications and to facilitate federated administration (i.e. both us and State of Ohio Business Development personnel).
  • 13. OVTM POC Topology
  • 14. OVTM POC Architecture
  • 15. Conclusion
    • This project represents a public / private partnership built upon mutual interest.
    • We believe in the future of Ohio and in expanding economic development for the State and the Miami Valley. We feel it is imperative to pursue opportunities for economic expansion and that these opportunities can be exploited through public / private partnerships.
  • 16. Contact Information Thank You… For more information, contact: Stephen Lahanas [email_address] http://www.semantech-inc.com