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An SME's perspective

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Presentation at the INSPIRE Workshop "Concrete steps to implement INSPIRE: synergies between the public and the private sector" - Florence, 24th June 2013

Presentation at the INSPIRE Workshop "Concrete steps to implement INSPIRE: synergies between the public and the private sector" - Florence, 24th June 2013

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  • 1. An SME‘s perspective Dr. Christine Giger (giger@giger-geoit.ch) Owner of Giger GeoIT (SME in Switzerland) Member of Management Board of the Swiss Organisation for Geoinformation (EUROGI member) Mandated as Swiss National Contact Point for INSPIRE
  • 2. SME’s main goals ➞Revenue! ➞Best services for best prices for our costumers! smeSpire Workshop, INSPIRE Conference, Firenze, 2013, Dr. Ch. Giger 2
  • 3. SME’s main barriers ➞ Costumers are public administrations: – The cheapest wins! – Small enterprises (< 8 staff members) have (nearly) no chances winning public tenders according to WTO GATT rules  not regarded as “stable” enough – National language is important! Barrier for offering services in other countries – Administrations think they can do it easily on their own: • “INSPIRE-readiness” of commercial and FOSS SW is overestimated • Complexity of implementing interoperable and INSPIRE-compliant SDI is underestimated ➞ Universities do not properly educate on INSPIRE/SDI knowledge – Administrations as well as SMEs do not find well-educated staff – Lack of proper post-graduate/professional education in the national language – Education is expensive for small administrations as well as for SMEs! ➞ Large (US) enterprises take the market – E.G. ESRI and Intergraph changed their roles in the recent years: • From pure vendor/SW provider role to “solution-oriented”, also offering consulting and engineering services • Former (European) SME partners (who offered consulting and engineering services) were bought in the last 5 years ➞ Substantial geodata and high-quality metadata is still not available (sometimes due to political issues: data protection) smeSpire Workshop, INSPIRE Conference, Firenze, 2013, Dr. Ch. Giger 3
  • 4. SME’s opportunities ➞Education (especially short courses) can be part of the business model for an SME ➞Availability of open data ➞Availability of open source SW in main stream IT ➞Participation in open source development projects for public administrations ➞Independent and (SW vendor) neutral consulting ➞Participation in dedicated R&D projects for SMEs ➞Being part of consortia for bigger projects smeSpire Workshop, INSPIRE Conference, Firenze, 2013, Dr. Ch. Giger 4
  • 5. SME’s wish list ➞ Increase the availability of reliable, well-documented open geodata ➞ Provide more PPPs opportunities with focus on SMEs ➞ Increase opportunities and programmes for R&D for SMEs ➞ Keep specifications for data/metadata/services (as) simple (as possible) in INSPIRE! But: STOP communicating INSPIRE/SDI implementation were simple! ➞ Public funding for SME education/training needed: – Help local SMEs with training material in local languages – Be more aware that SMEs can nicely think globally but they are acting locally! – Be aware that all training/education/research activities are much more expensive for small enterprises than they are for medium/large enterprises smeSpire Workshop, INSPIRE Conference, Firenze, 2013, Dr. Ch. Giger 5

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