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SME 4.0 at CEBIT explores challenges and opportunities

Digitization is presenting the German economy with a number of challenges, especially when it comes to getting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) up to speed. How, for example, can they tell which software solutions are the right ones? And how can SMEs best combine various customized solutions? The answers will be provided by the IT Industry Competence Center as the official partner of this year’s CEBIT.

29 May. 2018

The digital requirements for businesses and SMEs are manifold. Customized solutions are needed if standard software no longer does the trick. Many SMEs are already working on the ideal software solutions, while at the same time confronting myriad challenges. Which is where the support of the IT Industry Competence Center comes into play.

The Competence Center connects small and medium-sized IT enterprises with a variety of technical and entrepreneurial interfaces. As a rule, the more broad-based such SMEs are, the greater the business rewards they can reap while at the same time serving as a catalyst for digitization throughout the economy.

This is why the IT Industry Competence Centre is dedicated to supporting small and medium-sized IT enterprises in finding the right cooperation partners, also with regard to legal issues, technical implementation and strategic business planning.

The SME 4.0 IT Industry Competence Center is an official partner of CeBIT and will present itself and its supporting services at the group pavilion of the German IT SME Association in Hall 17, Stand D 40. Experts from the SME 4.0 IT Industry Competence Center will be located there and available as a source of technical know-how. Among the topics to be covered are interfaces and standards, cutting-edge technologies for small and medium-sized IT enterprises and legal aspects relevant for collaboration in the IT sector.

The IT Industry Competence Center is holding its first summit meeting at this year's CEBIT. Under the motto of "Networking! The future of small and medium-sized IT enterprises", the discussion will revolve around the challenges facing IT SMEs. The focus is on networkable software solutions "made in Germany" - solutions facilitating a standards-based ecosystem of compatible software. Afterwards, summit attendees are invited to visit the Knowledge Cafe. The summit takes place on 13 June from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the "Bonn" room of the on-site Convention Center. Attendees can register for free and find the complete agenda at:

After registering an appointment and a visit to the exhibition stand or the "Networking! Future of IT SMEs" summit meeting, everyone will receive a free admission ticket to the trade fair. For further information, contact Ms. Y.J. Mailin Winter (

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At CEBIT 2018, everything is geared to generating business, leads and bright ideas. With its exhibitor displays, expert conferences and prime networking opportunities, CEBIT is a triple-punch event covering everything essential to the digitization of business, government and society. The innovations on display in the d!conomy section of the show give IT professionals and decision-makers from the realms of business, trade and the public sector the tools they need to streamline and futureproof their operations by leveraging digitization to the fullest. The event’s d!tec showcase puts the spotlight on developers and startups and their disruptive business models, as well as on research institutes giving us a glimpse of tomorrow’s game-changing technologies. The d!talk conference program features visionaries, lateral thinkers, creatives and experts from around the globe. The d!campus is the beating heart of CEBIT - the place where everyone gets together for relaxed networking, street food and live music. CEBIT presents the digital transformation in a totally new way, while retaining its core focus on business, leads and more leads. The first day of CEBIT 2018 - Monday, 11 June - is reserved for conference attendees and journalists, with the exhibition opening on Tuesday, 12 June. The exhibition halls will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the d!campus staying open till 11 p.m. on those days. Opening hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CEBIT Events Worldwide give Deutsche Messe’s customers even more ways of reaching their international clientele, e.g. in dynamic markets such as China, Australia, Thailand and Spain.


Hartwig von Saß

Hartwig von Saß

Deutsche Messe
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