More than 100 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore have adopted 24 pre-approved digital solutions, which are part of the IMDA's SMEs Go Digital Programme since its launch in April this year.
Targeted at helping SMEs build their technology capabilities, the solutions have helped infocomm media suppliers generate over S$2.4 million in revenue, according to the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
Currently, SMEs can choose from 56 pre-approved digital solutions under the SMEs Go Digital Programme. These solutions are evaluated based on SMEs' needs, such as ease of use, pricing, and affordability.
Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive, IMDA, shared during the industry briefing on Friday (21 July 2017) that IMDA will work towards raising the standards of pre-approved digital solutions for SMEs. The agency will do so by gradually including cybersecurity, data protection, data analytics, interoperability and compliance to standards as evaluation criteria.
To help SMEs further seize the opportunities in the digital economy, IMDA has appointed the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) as the operator of the upcoming SME Digital Tech Hub.
The hub will provide specialist advice to SMEs with more advanced digital needs such as cybersecurity and data analytics. Scheduled to be launched later this year, the SME Digital Tech Hub complements business advisory services at SME Centres.
Helping industries transform
To uplift whole sectors, IMDA will work with ICT vendors and SMEs to deploy emerging technologies.
For example, Orchid Hotel has implemented a 3D IoT platform for Smart Buildings with Asahi Security Technologies' help. The solution helps the hotel's building and business operators to improve decision-making through 3D visualisation of their facilities and security services, in the command centre.
"Being an SME, we are at a slight disadvantage as compared to big brands out in the market. With this solution, we will be able to get more timely and accurate data that will enable us to have better time management and manpower deployment," said Kayn Chng, assistant general manager, Orchid Hotel.
To further advance the sectoral transformation efforts, IMDA is accepting proposals for commercially-managed digital platform(s) that can drive SMEs' adoption of emerging technologies from now till 8 September 2017.
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