ICT Support for Traditional Manufacturing Smes to Participate in Global Supply Chains: A Requirements Analysis

Jukka Hemilä, Stefan Wiesner, Marcus Seifert

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    Small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are the backbone of the manufacturing industry. Despite the size of SMEs, today they are taking a more and more important role in global supply chains. Competing in global supply chains requires much effort from SMEs in the areas of information sharing, logistics and marketing. The resources of time, skills and money are limited in SMEs, but somehow these companies survive in global competition. One possible solution for supporting SME's survival in global business is the effective utilisation of information and communication technologies (ICT). Information should be seamlessly available for enterprises as a whole, for individual employees' needs, as well in many cases for other companies in supply chain. The markets offer many different information systems for manufacturing companies. Solutions are, in many cases, independent without communication links between them, and solutions are too expensive and complex for SME's needs. Our approach in this research project is to fulfil the needs of SMEs in global supply chains with the development of a new innovative supply-chain -oriented information platform. This paper describes the business and technology requirements collection phase of the project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Logistics, ISL 2008
    Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating the Global Supply Chain
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherUniversity of Nottingham
    ISBN (Print)978-0-85358-219-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event13th International Symposium on Logistics, ISL 2008 - Bangkok, Thailand
    Duration: 6 Jul 20088 Jul 2008
    Conference number: 13


    Conference13th International Symposium on Logistics, ISL 2008
    Abbreviated titleISL 2008


    • manufacturing
    • small and medium-sized companies
    • ICT
    • global supply chains


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