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ICT FOR SMEs Improving Productivity. Application of ICT in Production and Marketing. Presented by : Hebron Mwakalinga Business Information Services December 13, 2005. Subject Objective. Raise awareness on how ICT can be applied in production of goods and services

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    1. ICT FOR SMEsImproving Productivity Application of ICT in Production and Marketing Presented by : Hebron Mwakalinga Business Information Services December 13, 2005

    2. Subject Objective • Raise awareness on how ICT can be applied in production of goods and services • To share practical experiences • To increase understanding opportunities brought about by ICTs. • To share strategies on effective use of ICTs

    3. Business Objective • Making Profit • Maximizing • Sales • Prices • Minimizing • Costs • Materials, consumables, labour, overheads • Customer turnover

    4. ….Business Objectives PROFIT SALES ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT COSTS

    5. How ICT for Production To optimise various resources in the company, the resources include: - • Manpower; by reducing time it takes to design and produce a product hence reduced labour cost; • Optimisation of inputs; because estimates are first made in the computer to minimize wastes;

    6. …How ICT for Production • Reducing product design cycle; to catch up with market trends/demand; • Enhances precision; in product design; • Helps in quality control; improves product image of usability

    7. ….How ICT for Production • Helps in communication between • Design section the assembly line • Designer and suppliers of inputs • Designer and peers for proof of design Contractor ICT Consultant Client

    8. In Brief, ICT can be Used in the Following Activities • Product Design; • Production Planning; • Production Management; and • Quality Control

    9. ICT for Design • Can help to shape overall concept –sketching • Eases estimation of measurements – • Size (using ratios, grids, area, etc.) • Volume and packaging requirements

    10. ….ICT for Design • Planning for inputs and their utilisation (raw materials, accessories, parts, consumables, etc.) • Visualising appearance – colour and patterns, texture, etc.

    11. ICT for Production Planning • Production flow - sequencing of activities; • E.g. using SmartDraw • Timing of production activities; • Outsourcing plan for products/services not available in-house

    12. Production Management • Comparison of plan/benchmarks and actual situation which leads to • Refine production targets -> communicate to clients and suppliers; • Capture changes in cost - > review working capital; • Understand workers efficiency - > re-organize, train or replace staff

    13. Useful Applications • Depending on competency of the staff, most Basic MS Office packages can help as follows: - • MS Publisher – its designed for desktop publishing, its has good design features for flyers, brochures, banners, etc.

    14. …..Useful Applications • MS PowerPoint – It is part of MS Office, it is easy to use but has limited capabilities. • MS Excel- Good for integration of numeric estimates (money, time, etc), limited capability in design

    15. …..Useful Applications With Specialised Application • CAD • Project Management

    16. Case of Metal W/Shop • Simplicity • Includes Financial Analysis