IDC and The University of California at Irvine Partner to Provide Indepth Survey Data on Internet and eCommerce Adoption by Geography and Industry

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 13, 2002 – IDC and CRITO at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) announced today the launch of eWorld 2002, a primary research study to provide insights into the adoption and usage of Internet and ecommerce tools and technologies by geography and industry. "The overall objective of this project is to enable us to understand the continued development of ebusiness in a time of market uncertainty," said Carol Glasheen, program vice president of IDC's Global Research Organization." The joint initiative will allow us to provide insight into the diffusion and impact of ecommerce in various countries."

This research initiative will begin with a survey conducted with chief information officers and IT managers in 10 leading countries: the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The survey will be conducted within the manufacturing, retail or wholesale, and banking, insurance or other finance industries among small- medium- and large-sized companies.

"We recognized the need for a partner that understands the worldwide Internet market dynamics and complexities and also has the demand-side research expertise to launch a successful global research project. Familiarity with IDC's Global Research products like the ICMM and Black Book, coupled with IDC's demand-side research strength as evidenced by eWorld 2001 made IDC the logical choice," said Professor Kenneth Kraemer, Director, CRITO and Professor, Management and Computer Science, UCI. "We expect that the survey will help us determine whether the Internet and e-commerce are making some firms, industries, and countries more competitive than others, by examining the current environment, technology readiness, barriers/incentives for Internet use and the impacts of ecommerce." Specifically, the survey will analyze:

Globalization of firms and markets

Use of ecommerce technologies (EDI, Internet, extranet, etc.)

Drivers for Internet use

Barriers to conducting business on the Internet

Prevalence of on-line sales and on-line service offerings

* Benefits from e-commerce use as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, CRITO/UCI will use this survey data in academic research on Internet diffusion, use and impact around the globe. It will also examine the impacts within the ten leading countries, working with academic experts in each country. IDC will be using the data to gain knowledge, build forecasts or build models within its worldwide research programs. IDC's research involving eWorld 2002 data will be available beginning in May, 2002. For more information about eWorld 2002, contact Amie White at (508) 935-4653 or awhite@idc.com.

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About CRITO (Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations)

CRITO is a multidisciplinary research unit in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine. More than 15 faculty conduct theoretical and empirical research to answer a broad array of questions related to the use, impact, and management of information technology. CRITO is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and corporate partners including IBM, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Boeing, Whirlpool, Canon, Conexant and Quantum|ATL. Among the 50 industry- university cooperative research centers supported by grants from the NSF, CRITO is unique in its focus on the impact of IT on organizations, markets and society.