The platform was publicly tendered in 2016. Together with SAP SE as subcontractor, NEOCOSMO offered on the SAP platform SAP Jam and was awarded the contract. Within 3 months, the intranet “Netzwerk.Mittelstand-Digital” was designed and implemented in 2017. NEOCOSMO’s task was and is the strategy consulting, the introduction, conception and support in the ongoing operation. The platform itself is technically operated by SAP as a cloud service in Germany.
The platform offers a common intranet and collaboration area where general information from the BMWi and the subprojects as well as project sponsors is communicated to all project participants. There are working groups on the platform in which documents are prepared, shared and discussed. Events are prepared and followed up on the platform. Discussion groups develop joint concepts. Here, all projects have their working groups with contact persons and members. An expert database makes it possible to search for contacts in the network. Wikis and blogs are used to document and share project results. Surveys are conducted. Explainer videos are integrated. Documents can be collaboratively edited in the platform. There are now over 250 groups on the platform that regularly collaborate and share information.
NEOCOSMO’s services in this project were project planning, strategy consulting, conception, introduction, integration, rollout planning, communication support (with a mix of digital communication campaigns as well as workshops, online events, seminars). The Netzwerk.Mittelstand-Digital has become an essential pillar of collaboration in the projects.
The highest security standards for the cloud solution of the BMWi were important for the implementation, as project research and development takes place here. The platform is technically operated by SAP at the data center in Walldorf.