The mission of the Danish Innovation Centre for eBusiness is to promote the uptake of ICT and to break down barriers of ICT usage in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with a low level of ICT in their daily work flow. To break down the SME’s barriers for ICT uptake the IBIZ Centre has launched a wide range of initiatives.
First of all, to give the Danish SMEs a better overview of the market, the IBIZ-Centre organized three so-called Denmark tours. The purpose of these tours was to bring IT suppliers out to the rural areas where many Danish SMEs are located and to further a face-to-face dialogue between ICT suppliers and the small and medium sized business owners.
Another important initiative to motivate Danish SMEs to take advantage of new e-business solutions has been to develop a number of easy to use self-help tools that helps business owners uncovering the hidden potential for gaining a higher efficiency rate. Further The IBIZ Centre has established a network of professional ICT advisors who offer so-called ‘IT Start Help’ to SMEs. These consultants help the business owners making functional requirements specifications (FRS) and assist the business owner in making a tender, selecting an IT supplier as well as writing a contract and a detailed project plan.
The main point of entry for information about e-business solutions to Danish SMEs
During the whole project building up a website with useful information, self-help tools and check lists, has been a cornerstone in the Centre’s activity. Today, the site, www.ibiz-center.dk, is the main point of entry for information about e-business solutions to Danish SMEs.
After all, The Danish IBIZ Centre is today considered a competence center with thorough knowledge on best practices to improve the uptake of ICT among SMEs – and hence to make them more competitive in an increasingly globalized environment.
The IBIZ Centre is based on a daily collaboration between Danish Technological Institute and another Approved Technological Service Institute – DELTA (Danish Electronic Light IT Acoustics). Both Danish Technological Institute and DELTA are a part of the Advanced Technology Group in Denmark.
A public-private partnership being the key to succes
The IBIZ Centre was launched in 2007 – funded by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and intended to run for three years only. Nonetheless, due to satisfying results, the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation has decided to extend the project. Consequently, the Centre is now running and fully funded until end of 2015.
The Innovation Centre has 5 employees and a turnover at approximately 1.600.000 Euros for third project period. During the whole project period the IBIZ Centre has been based on a partnership strategy where public and private partners are being involved in the IBIZ Centre’s activities. An example of results of this public and private partnership is that the number of companies using the common public standard (NemHandel) is more than 100,000 – more than 400,000 electronic invoices are send every month (mostly B2G). Furthermore, today almost all ERP systems on the Danish market can send electronic invoices.