Since the dawn of digital technology in the past century, the world has changed significantly. This technology has become part of our daily lives, changing almost anything we do, from acquiring informations to supporting daily tasks, like cooking and cleaning. It has also changed the world of business, enabling companies across the board and from different sectors to become more productive, more efficient and to reach out to new clients – which means, overall, to become more competitive.

This process is called digital transformation and its benefits are now unquestionable: in many areas of the world the process is being supported by public policies and projects. The European Union is no exception – it has currently a number of initiatives at both EU and national level to support the digitalisation of industries. They are also evaluating the impact of the policies and of the transformative process, with clear positive results. According to the Digital Transformation Monitor Scoreboard 2018 of the European Commission “many of the European firms that achieve digital transformation have seen, in general, a positive or at least stable pattern on their turnover (about 65%)” with 46% of the companies being monitored have seen a clear increase. This data point is most indicative of the benefits of the process.

It should be noted that the scoreboard, while using examples from different sectors, does not clearly differentiate between large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises. However, as also noted by the Commission’s document “Fostering SMEs growth through digital transformation“, this distinction is quite necessary as SMEs face considerably more difficulty in undergoing the process of digital transformation due to a number of factors that play against them, such as developing in a way that makes their individual nature compatible with the market needs as well as the specific costs of undergoing such process (the Scoreboard 2018 reports a general increase in operational costs due to digital transformation, mostly caused by setting it up).

This is where projects like DigitaliseSME come into play: by matching Digital Enablers with SMEs and Mid-Caps, the projects helps these firms to find exactly the kind of support they need. It helps them to find an expert that can offer a tailored solution on how to undergo digital transformation and reap its benefits. Moreover, in the understanding that this work has a cost, the project also offers to pay for the services of the Digital Expert a fixed fee of 8.000€.

If you agree this is a unique opportunity to start the digitalisation of your company, or you are a digital expert and you the unique chance in joining this project to strengthen your profile at European level, register today to start your matching!