SME Digital Tech Hub to open in Q3 offering more advanced help to firms: Sim Ann

Advisers at the SME Digital Tech Hub will guide firms on changing their business processes to take full advantage of available technologies.
Advisers at the SME Digital Tech Hub will guide firms on changing their business processes to take full advantage of available technologies. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE

SINGAPORE - Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who need more advanced help in areas like cybersecurity and data analytics can get it with the opening of the SME Digital Tech Hub in the third quarter of 2017.

Advisers at the new centre will help them identify appropriate solutions and guide them on changing their business processes to take full advantage of the technologies, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Sim Ann.

Speaking at the SME Centre Conference on Wednesday (April 5), Ms Sim said Spring Singapore also expects to unveil a centralised listing of ready-to-go technology packages from A*Star and pre-qualified digital solutions, dubbed Tech Depot, in the second quarter of this year.

The solutions will help SMEs improve processes such as supply chain management and inventory and asset tracking, she added.

The minister also said that the number of companies tapping on the support of SME Centres has been increasing, with the 12 centres islandwide engaging about 30,600 companies last year. The number of SMEs supported by the centres in capability development and operations nearly tripled from about 600 in 2013 to 1,700 last year, while the number that received advice on productivity improvement nearly doubled from about 800 in 2013 to 1,500 in 2016, she said.

"I hope that our SMEs will make full use of the available resources and opportunities to build strong digital capabilities," said Ms Sim. "Our organisers for today's event the SME Centres stand ready to support you, along with economic agencies in the public sector."