This platform (Virtual Cluster Initiative) was launched to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a state of the art solution allowing them to present themselves on the Internet, professionally, as well as, in future-oriented way.
I would like to officially inform the reader about the exact intention of the Virtuelle Cluster Initiative. It seems that a few are not exactly sure of the goals and objectives of this Initiative.
It is our intention, without going to deep into the technicalities, to show how we can create value and satisfy the needs of the participants, customers, Universities, investors and all other supporting entities. It is our intent and seems to be inevitable to have a framework or environment for all activities, entities and information to centrally identify with. It is important for this environment or framework to be in a sense an “open source platform” to satisfy / adjust to the needs of the dynamics of the people involved as well as being sensitive to the uniqueness of each and every individual innovation network. This would ensure that an effective targeted framework conditions are met for innovation and a simultaneous development of the framework for the national or international competittiveness which will follow.
The general idea is to create a world Exhibition allowing / setting the Framework for SMEs to participate in the Global economy.
I wish to launch an International Competitiveness Initiative based on the Exhibition approach.
Government, Chambers of Commerce, Industrial Organizations and Clusters all speak of increasing competiveness, however, an innovative, future-oriented and the use of new trends to allow SMEs to easily build Business Networks and collaborate worldwide fall short. The Virtual Cluster Initiative will not only increase the effective range of your marketing activities, it will also increase the level of exposure. The virtual exhibition integrates applications, such as, live chat, real-time polling and surveys, social media, v-card exchange and collaboration tools, creating a fully interactive virtual experience accompanied with a virtual 3-D booth tailored to your needs.
Clusters are considered to increase the productivity with which companies can compete, regionally, nationally and globally.
This approach develops this traditional definition by overcoming the geographic concentration and allows Businesses to broaden their customer base.
Another aspect is based on the five sector model of the circular flow of income is a more realistic representation of the economy. The Economic cycle of an open economy is allowing possible customers outside the normal range of business to participate in your economy.
Generating a cash flow from another City, another State or abroad. When the economy is in an economic downturn, spending takes a downturn, generating a cash flow outside the normal operating boundaries is imperative for further growth.
Perhaps the closest thing to a perfectly competitive market would be a large auction of identical goods with all potential buyers and sellers present. By design, a stock exchange resembles this, not as a complete description (for no markets may satisfy all requirements of the model) but as an approximation. The flaw in considering the stock exchange as an example of Perfect Competition is the fact that large institutional investors (e.g. investment banks) may solely influence the market price. This, of course, violates the condition that “no one seller can influence market price”.
A few key components which we suggest as being required, given the objectives, requirements and conditions of the global scale which would allow a new and innovate approach, promoting competitiveness and collaboration. Within this environment the economics of fragmentation would be overcome, with the use of voice over internet protocol (VOIP) collaboration (video conferencing) would facilitate and bridge the location gap of all involved. Video conferencing would not fully replace real conferences, however connecting all entities which could be located around the world and enhance one of the key elements of innovation – Dialogue.
Key stakeholders, investors, participants, knowledge institutions, Board members and executive managers could be consolidated, grouped and visualised on the 3-D platform. The platform as framework serving as an environment would promote a transparent competitive approach as well as ensuring that all actors have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field sharing the same environment. Through the visibility of all participants and the centralized location of information this would serve as a catalyst which creates, mobilizes and would apply pressure on the key actors.
Other key features of the platform would be Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS), Software as a service (SaaS), Network as a service (NaaS), Storage as a service (STaaS), Data as a service (DaaS), Database as a service (DBaaS), Test environment as a service (TEaaS), Integrated development environment as a service (IDEaaS), Integration platform as a service (IPaaS).
A general scenario which could evolve from the framework of the VCI is an entrepreneur being located in South America requiring developing research from a university in Europe, finances coming from a company in Australia, Board members could be composed of experts from around the world, all mentioned entities having access to relevant information centrally located on the Virtual Cluster Initiative. All entities could meet on the platform for online conferences and when needed workshops / training.
With the use and implementation of this innovative tool on a global scale this would signalize that emerging economies would be taking a decisive step into the knowledge economy. Integrating all elements which the Information and communication technology has to offer indicates acceptance for change and innovation.