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ICT and Big Data adoption in SMEs from rural areas: Comparison between Portugal, Spain and Russia
One of the components of the success of modern economic systems of any level and scale is the use of the latest ICT. The use of technology allows increasing the efficiency of the production process and taking the business to a completely new level. In this research is intended to assess the state of information and commu-nication technologies (ICT) in small and medium-sized enterprises, the possibility of using Big data technologies for analyzing and making forecasts for improving economic performance. The research of the use of ICT were carried out on the example of small and me-dium enterprises (SME) in rural areas of three countries: Alto Trás-os-Montes (Portugal), Castela e Leão (Spain) and Krasnodar (Russia). The goals of the work are to conduct a comparative description of the selected areas, to determine the level of the current state of ICT, to bring proposals for improving this level. The main conclusion is that although the objects of research are at a different level of economic development, they have similar experimental data, and the proposed improvement proposals may be useful for each of them.