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After Y2K, It's E-Commerce, Then E-Business

Monday, November 1, 1999
The number of Internet users in China today has increased to four million and is expected to more than double within the next twelve months. In India, the drive is on to bring the Internet to every village, even those in the remotest locations. India’s biggest challenge — its large population — is in the process of being transformed into its most significant asset. Just as the discovery of oil transformed countries such as Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, so will the Internet transform India – only, in this case, the impact will be far more extensive economically and the reach will be truly global.
Today’s IT-centric Businesses

Businesses worldwide are moving from a push-based (build-to-stock) manufacturing model to a pull-based (build-to-order) model, which requires a lot more IT and Web support. Because it is demand driven, the pull model entails additional support for increased product variability, reduced lead times, improved quality, lower unit costs, operational excellence, and comprehensive performance measures for control purposes. Companies committed to delivering the right product in the right quantity at the right time are highly dependent on the effective application of Web technology and IT support in all aspects of their business.

The lifeblood of any business today depends on the organization’s information flow. Yesterday’s intranets need to be positioned as tomorrow’s enterprise corporate portals. The need for dynamic organization and continuous updates of information has never been greater. Easy access to information will provide the opportunity for mass customization.

Having qualified Internet professionals with e-skills is the key factor for Internet technology deployment. Today, technologists must understand business, and business professionals must understand technology. Future-minded businesses are applying e-business solutions in such areas as corporate communications, marketing and advertising, manufacturing, production, sales, human resources, purchasing, R&D, finance and accounting. Professionals in all of these areas must have Internet skills: proficiency in authoring and scripting languages, content creation, digital media, as well as the ability to use development tools and implement database connectivity solutions, to name a few.

As the industry’s preoccupation with the Y2K issue passes, we’re left wondering: “What’s next?” Based on the shift in business models, it’s become clear that what’s next is e-commerce and the deployment of Internet technology in all aspects of all businesses. A bold statement, but absolutely true in it’s entirety.

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