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Key Facts

Start: April 2010
End:  March 2013


  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • Programme: Central Europe
  • Total budget: 1.96 mio. Euro


  • 11 partner institutions
  • 5 regions in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland.

Lead Partner
MFG Innovation Agency for ICT and Media

Project Manager
Dr. Christian Förster


  • support ITSM in SMEs
  • train more than 1.000 SMEs in ITSM
  • initiation of innovation processes
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About the project

Managing today´s complexity of IT and business simultaneously is a tremendously hard job - in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs often don´t know how IT contributes to their business and occupy themselves with basic IT functions, such as the maintenance of printers and servers. This wastes financial as well as human resources and limits the capacity for innovation of processes and products.

That´s why SMEs should get familiar with IT Service Management!


IT Service Management shows SMEs how to get the best business performance supported by a cost-efficient, measurable  and reliable IT.

INNOTRAIN IT´s solution:

SMEs learn how to simplify their IT by using the innovative potential of ITSM by offering:

  • a newly developed, simplified ITSM method tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises,
  • free of charge face-to-face trainings qualifying at least 1,000 CEOs and CIOs across Europe and
  • an interactive online training platform.

How SMEs benefit from INNOTRAIN IT?:

By participating in the trainings SMEs:

  • will learn how to manage their IT efficiently and effectively towards their business goals,
  • become qualified to enhance their innovation potential according to the levels of the INNOTRAIN IT Innovation Spiral and
  • identify how to ultimately reduce costs, set resources free and increase their profitability.


Some facts and figures about INNOTRAIN IT:

The focus of INNOTRAIN IT is to transfer knowledge on ITSM, empowering SMEs to strengthen the innovation potential of their businesses in Central Europe.

The project consortium consists of twelve partners from six countries: Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.

All Partners in Stuttgart in May 2010

By combining professional expertise of researchers with experiences in business processes the consortium will establish at least 800 innovation processes within companies in Central Europe and foster the transnational exchange of knowledge, tools and methods about ITSM.

INNOTRAIN IT is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund with 1.5 million Euro. The project runs from April 2010 until March 2013.