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Information and Communication Technologies

Information and Communication Technologies

We live in a time marked by the rapid development of information and communication technologies, with access to global networks and markets, and that has allowed advances in multiple sectors of activity. In fact, Information and Communication Technologies are, admittedly, one of the areas of human knowledge that has developed the most in the last decades, both in terms of the depth of knowledge involved and the scope of its applicability. Its development has brought undeniable advantages, namely the possibility of simple and free access to knowledge, reducing transport and transaction costs and, thus, increasing economic efficiency.

The ICT sector is increasingly important in the EU context, representing more than 3% of employment and 80% of added value. However, its importance goes far beyond its direct contribution to employment and EU GDP. According to published data, 40% of productivity growth in the EU is due to the role of ICT.

Differences in economic performance between countries and even between regions are largely explained by the level of investment, research and use of ICT, as well as the competitiveness associated with ICT sector companies in that country / region.

The importance of this axis cannot be measured solely by the more or less emerging business areas that make it up. These business areas, in addition to everything else, are enabling technologies of the performance of their costumer sectors, through:

Increasing the level of automation and computerization of the manufacturing and business processes of the manufacturing industry, which necessarily leads to an increase in the efficiency of the processes, the quality of the products and the reduction of the cycle times, that is, in general terms, to an increased productivity;

High impact on industry support services, for e.g. design, engineering, inter- and intra-enterprise logistics, procurement / sales and distribution. This impact is reflected both in terms of value chain efficiency and in context conditions;

Increasing the value of products and services, increasing its technological content, allowing an evolution towards product-service, etc.

These information, communication and electronic technologies still have a significant potential for the qualification of economic activity, namely in the Northern Region.

In fact, at the present stage of regional development, these areas play a very important role in increasing the technological capacity not only of the "Traditional Sectors" but also of other medium-high technology sectors, increasing their operational efficiency and allowing them to supply products with a higher added value.

Since 2008, TICE.PT (Information, Communication and Electronic Technology Competitiveness) has been a consultative platform that involves TICE actors in ID + I processes, knowledge transfer, advanced training, development, production and marketing of products and services, marketing and internationalization. In its strategy up to 2020, TICE.PT defined guidelines for ID + I promotion activities, taking advantage of its inter-company consultation platform and the rest of the National Research and Innovation System.

AETICE - Association of Companies of Information, Communication and Electronics Technologies 
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