Realising Future Internet Potentials for Food Chain SMEs: A Hierarchy of Needs

Harald Sundmaeker


The EC funded FI‐PPP programme is currently elaborating a large set of enabling technologies that shall help to overcome challenges towards a sustainable networked society of tomorrow. This up‐front investment can highly facilitate access to such Internet potentials by food chain SMEs. Nevertheless, SMEs require a systematic support for being able to decide on which technological enablers are relevant at which moment of their business evolution. To characterise a decision reference, a hierarchy of needs of food chain SMEs is presented that can serve as
baseline when aiming at the usage of the FI‐PPP results in an SME environment.


food chain SMEs; information systems; future internet; business collaboration; ICT introduction

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