An analysis of some select projects that incorporate Information and Communication Technologies, which are discussed in terms of enhanced productivity and the competitive advantages.
As part of its commitment of society, the University of Guadalajara, Department of Engineering and Projects (DIP), has in operation a project titled, 'e-Production Chain', for the introduction of ICTs in the production chain development with the support of the inter-American Development Bank (BID) and the 'Production Connection Centre (CAP)' withthe supoort of the 'SMEs Fund.
The e-Production chain, is based on a novel (U-I-G) outline, with special attention to the enterprise clusters, by introduction of computer solutions as they are called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Supply Chain Management (SCM) which are useful for manufacturing management, marketing and providing, and have the potential to enhance competi-tiveness and enable cost reduction.
To strengthen and integrate the SMEs vertically, introducing the production and management technologies as to make them competitive and linking them horizontally to give them competitiveness along the value chain in the auto parts-foundry, furniture, sectors; the sub-sector for capital goods for the agricultural and cattle-raising sector, electronic and plastics sectors, through two centres, a physical one and a virtual for demonstration, and technology transfer.
To achieve the project purposes, the following components and activities have been developed: