The mission of the Sectoral e-Business Watch is to support the work of the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry in the field of ICT and e-business policies. In this policy area, DG ENTR itself has a twofold mission: "to enhance the competitiveness of the ICT sector, and to facilitate the efficient uptake of ICT for European enterprises in general".
The services of the SeBW are expected to contribute to these goals. This overall mission can be broken down into the following main objectives:
By delivering evidence on ICT impact and barriers to uptake, the SeBW is to support informed policy decision-making in ICT-related fields in several policy domains including innovation, competition and structural policy. In this way the SeBW is to contribute to the widespread adoption and effective use of ICT across the European economy.
These strategic objectives are to be realised by a systematic monitoring and analysis of ICT adoption and e-business activity in European firms from different industries and their impact, as well as by assessing the implications of these developments for stakeholders. Stakeholders include enterprises, their employees, suppliers and customers – be it other businesses, consumers or the public sector –, and policy institutions with a responsibility for ICT and e-business related issues.
ICT impact assessment is perhaps the most important goal for the future SeBW.
The Sectoral e-Business Watch (SeBW) is based on a Framework Contract and Specific Contract between the European Commission, Enterprise and Industry Directorate General, and empirica GmbH, running until December 2009. The implementation of the contractual services involves, besides empirica GmbH, the following main service providers: DIW Berlin, GOPA-Cartermill, IDC, and Ipsos GmbH .
The Framework Contract was issued to continue the work of the preceding "e-Business [email protected]" observatory. The European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry had initially launched the "European e-Business Market [email protected]" in late 2001 under the "MultiAnnual Programme (MAP) on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 2001-2005". e-Business [email protected] was operational until the end of January 2007.
The 2009 study period of the SeBW project will run until December 2009. It is divided into five main phases.