02 May 2000
The SME portal offers considerably more than the existing Internet services (see box below): It supports the companies and their employees in handling their everyday business and shoulders some of the administrative burden. The services envisaged range from person-specific web services to virtual networks for companies (Intranet), virtual Extranet solutions and closed user groups. The latter will make it possible for business or project partners to exchange confidential information and to carry out business and project transactions.
Overview of the Service Concept
Support for SMEs and their employees through a web-based work environment.
Support for companies through virtual Intranet applications.
Support for partnerships and co-operations through virtual Extranet applications.
Support for communities, such as branch-specific communities.
Universal, integrated support in procurement, logistics, payment transactions.
Berne, 10 May 2000