The objective of the ERDF project "SaaS BI for SMEs" is assisting SMEs in implementing a Business Intelligence (BI) SaaS platform (software as a service) to enable better business performance management and more efficient Management Information for reporting and analysis purpose. The project team is currently working with leading international IT vendors to deliver the SaaS BI platform for these pilot projects. The names of those IT suppliers will be announced at a later stage.
Why can the ERDF project on SaaS BI be of interest to SMEs :
- Free assistance in implementation of SaaS BI within the selected SMEs. SMEs can apply for the second round of selection until 17/12/2010. Five candidate SME's will be selected for free assistance in 2011.
- The knowledge sharing during various events and seminars.
Candidates for the second selection round can apply until 21/01/2011.
For more practical information contact:
- Ilse Bracke - Lessius Mechelen – Lange ridderstraat - 2800 Mechelen - firstname.lastname@example.org - 0472 38 86 81
- Stijn Vermeulen - element61 - email@example.com - 0477 78 80 33
Since September 2007, Lessius Mechelen has founded the BICC (Business Intelligence Competence Center). The mission of this knowledge center is to act as an independent platform for the development within the professional domains of Management Information and Business Intelligence in particular. Together with its partners, BICC organizes among others an annual BI-congress, evening sessions and online research in the field of ICT.
element61 is a thought-leading Performance Management & Business Intelligence consultancy company. element61 currently employs about 20 consultants with an average experience of 8 years in BI, CPM and data warehousing and more than 200 man-years of experience as a team. The company actively invests in research & development in BI & PM through an internal education program, collaboration and support of academic research, and activities and sponsorship in Business Intelligence communities and networks. The company also pioneers in Business Intelligence in a Software-as-a-Service model.
The total project cost of 539.055 euro is partially financed by a 40% subsidy by ERDF, the European Regional Development Fund, 45% by the Flemish minister of Economy & Entrepreneurship, and the rest is financed by the promoter KHM and co-promoter element61.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) subsidies projects that diminish inequalities between regions, increase competition, create employment and reinforce cohesion between regions. The approved project situates itself in the operational program ‘knowledge-based economy and innovation'. Due to globalization, Flanders will have to appeal for its knowledge in order to survive in an international context. It's therefore vital to invest in knowledge and innovation in order to develop the Flemish knowledge-based economy and to insure durable growth and employment.