9/12, Cologne – SBS Forum on ICT standards for SMEs

9/12, Cologne – SBS Forum on ICT standards for SMEs

How can SMEs make strategic use of standardisation? Benefits of investing in standardisation and opportunities for new business models

9 DECEMBER 2016    ~    IHK Köln

The “SBS Forum on ICT standards for SMEs” is a European platform for discussion and sharing of information about ongoing ICT standards activities that are relevant to SMEs. The Forum focuses particularly on digitisation of SMEs and it targets SMEs providing ICT services as well as SME users of such services. The main target audience of the Forum are SMEs across the EU and EFTA member states, as well as associations representing SME interests.

The launch event of the Forum will be an opportunity for SMEs to get inspiration and learn from the experience of other companies, large and small, that are successful in making strategic use of standardisation. Two sessions will address various case studies where ICT standards allow market operators to implement successful business models.

The first session will be focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). Speakers will share their views on the benefits of standards for companies involved in existing or future IoT markets and the potential opportunities for SMEs.

The second panel will address the opportunities for companies to exploit their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) through standards. Standard Essential Patents (“SEP”) generate substantial revenues from licencing proprietary technologies that are made available through standards. The panellists will share their experiences and discuss ways for more SMEs to benefit from the “SEP” licencing business model.

The SBS Forum is organised by the European DIGITAL SME Alliance (“DIGITAL SME”), the SBS member association representing SMEs in the ICT sector. DIGITAL SME is the largest European network of digital SMEs. Its members are national associations or clusters of digital SMEs and represents more than 20.000 digital SMEs in 18 countries.

Programme and registrations via www.digitalsme.eu

Location: IHK Köln, Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26, 50667 Cologne, Germany


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