IDC’s eWorld 2001 Study Will Track the Direction of over US$5Trillion of eBusiness Investment

NORTH SYDNEY – FEBRUARY 15, 2001 – According to IDC forecasts, over the next four years businesses around the world will invest over US$5 trillion in developing and running eBusinesses. To better understand the nature of this investment and as part of its commitment to providing clients with the foremost global market insight and intelligence available in the industry, IDC has launched eWorld 2001, the most comprehensive study of Internet and eBusiness adoption around the world. Based upon over 13,000 surveys with three audiences – CIO/IT managers, eBusiness executives, and consumers – from 27 countries, eWorld's coverage extends to more than 95% of the Internet economy.


Australia is one of the countries surveyed by eWorld 2001 that will investigate implementation of eBusiness strategies and IT solution investments in 500 Australian organisations across multiple industries.

"Preliminary results indicate significant investments are being made not only in developing and upgrading Web sites, but in automating employees and integrating core business systems with Web sites," said John Gantz, IDC's chief research officer. "According to early respondents, the most important criteria for eCommerce Web sites is ease of use followed by privacy concerns and speed. The most difficult aspect of site operation seems to be finding and retaining IT talent followed by integration with existing infrastructure and security of electronic transaction."

eWorld 2001 is an entirely new study of eBusiness around the world. It will include data on penetration of Web access and usage activities, home page deployment, localisation of Web sites, and simple demographics. Fully projectable across countries, regions, industries, and size classes, eWorld 2001 will provide actionable insights upon which vendor and financial organizations can build business plans, develop investment strategies, and allocate resources. The project is scheduled to be complete in May.

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