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Scheme Digital MSME Scheme for Promotion of Information and Communication Technology in MSME Sector 1.0 Introduction IT infrastructure installed by MSMEs. In cloud computing, MSMEs use the internet to access 1.1 The MSME sector is the backbone of the common as well as tailor-made IT infrastructure Indian Economy and one of the prime drivers including software for managing their business of employment. Despite its apparent success in processes. The common benefits of Cloud the last couple of years, Indian MSME sector is Computing approach are: facing many challenges. Apart from the traditional problems, they are also increasingly exposed to i. Cloud computing is free from the burden international competition. Therefore, MSMEs in of investment on hardware/software and India – as everywhere else - need to improve their infrastructural facilities. Therefore CAPEX competitiveness by taking a variety of measures. converts into OPEX. The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is one of the important ii. It follows “pay as you use’’ model and the measures, which can greatly help MSMEs in almost user does not have to invest upfront. every facet of their business. iii. The initial cost to use specific services gets 1.2 Over the last few decades, ICT has facilitated reduced substantially. business activities in many ways. It has become a iv. The Cloud Computing operations are readily key enabler for competitiveness, improved product scalable. The user can access various and service delivery, lowered process costs and services depending upon the requirements. has supported Management Information systems (MIS). In some cases, ICT has been at the heart of v. The use of Cloud Computing facilitates the business model, offering new ways of doing device and location independent access. business. In general, ICT applications have become essential for any enterprise that has to sustain or vi. Maintenance / updation of Software is not grow in a global environment. the responsibility of the users. 1.3 The Scheme for “Promotion of Information 2.02 Objectives and Outcome : and Communication Technology in MSME Sector” The main objectives of scheme are : [ICT Scheme for short] is ongoing scheme from 11th five year plan, but it has been modified in view of i. To sensitize and encourage MSMEs towards emergence of the Cloud Computing Concept and new approach i.e Cloud Computing for ICT named as “Digital MSME” Scheme. adoption in their production & business processes with a view to improve their 2.0 Scheme concepts, Objectives and competitiveness in national and international Outcome: market. 2.01 concept : ii. Adoption of best practices to improve quality of products and services. The scheme is revolving around Cloud Computing which is emerging as a cost effective iii. To benefit large number of MSMEs in and viable alternative in comparison to in-house terms of standardizing their business April-May, 2017 11
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