By JIRAPAN BOONNOON
“We provide IT solutions that come with an affordable price so that SMEs can use them to support their business by increasing their efficiency and potential,” said Vatsun Thirapatarapong, Cisco’s managing director for Thailand and Indochina.
Under its “Start” campaign aimed at SMEs, Cisco provides cloud-based solutions, web conference |solutions, cybersecurity firewalls and switched networks designed for entry-level use at an affordable price.
SMEs now contribute 41 per cent of GDP with 78 per cent of the nationwide workforce.
The country has about 1.5 million SMEs and some 200,000 of them are adopters of IT to support their business.
Wanchai Vach-shewadumrong, deputy managing director of iNet, said the firm started to expand to SMEs this year, as it is high potential growth market.
The company expects SMEs will gain more |revenue for iNet next year.
It estimates about Bt10 million in SME revenue this year.
The firm also provides local software solutions such as enterprise resource planning, infrastructure as a service and accounting systems via its e-marketplace.
It is now developing solutions to connect and engage the Internet of Things to support the SME market in the next step.
Chatree Tangmitpracha, CEO of Homehub, a top-three wholesaler and retailer of home products and construction materials in the Northeast, said his firm uses Line, Instagram, Facebook and its website to support its growing business.
It now has five branches in three provinces – Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima. It uses web conferencing to support its business among the branch offices.
“I think it’s important for SMEs to apply IT solutions to support business since it will help to reduce the cost of business processes, conference with staff and communicate with customers.
“As result, it will foster satisfaction among our customers,” he said.