Posted on October 31, 2011 by SSBEC
Canadian SMEs are now well-connected to the Internet, but are not taking full advantage of the Web and information and communications technologies (ICT) to increase their productivity and their revenues. These are the main conclusions of the 2011 edition of the NetPME survey conducted by the Centre Francophone d’Informatisation des Organisations (CEFRIO), which showed that ICT is clearly better rooted in Canada in medium-sized companies (100 to 499 employees) and, to a large extent, in manufacturing companies. These companies have the highest Internet connection rate (97.6%) and make the most use of office suites (92.3%), ERP management software packages (34.4%) and websites as Internet tools (78.2%).
In 2011, 70.9% of SMEs made online purchases. Selling online is a much less popular activity, because only 17.9% of SMEs engage in it. And despite the major development of Web 2.0, SMEs have not yet been won over by social network applications.
“Since we know how much the Internet and Web 2.0 can contribute to increasing a company’s revenue and profitability, it is clear that SME executives have every interest in further exploring the opportunities these platforms offer their companies. If they do not take action in this field, they risk losing out on a major potential for growth and innovation,” said Michel Bergeron, BDC Vice President, Corporate Relations.
Source: Canada NewsWire, 19 October 2011
Filed under: Business, SSBEC | Tagged: BDC, Business Enterprise Centre, ICT, internet, online business, SMEs, SSBEC, web | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 13, 2011 by SSBEC
The County of Bruce is hosting information sessions on “The Business of the Internet” at various locations in the County. The sessions are free and open to both residents and businesses. See attached flyers for more info as well as dates, locations and times.
Walkerton – May 19, 2011 – Bruce County Broadband – Outreach Ad – Walkerton
Sauble Beach – May 25, 2011 – Bruce County Broadband – Outreach Ad – Sauble Beach
Filed under: Aboriginal, Agriculture, Arts & Culture, Business, Community, Education, Municipal, SSBEC | Tagged: agricultural, broadband, Bruce County, Business Enterprise Centre, Business of the Internet, education, Emma Hogbin, employers, government info, Helping Rural Bruce County Connect, info sessions, information session, internet, Sauble Beach, Saugeen Shores, seminars, small business, SSBEC, tourism, Walkerton | Leave a Comment »