InfoWorld Examines the Impact of Globalization On Information Technology

SAN MATEO, CA — NOVEMBER 29, 2000 — InfoWorld, the weekly magazine that defines technology for business, has tapped the resources of the IDG News Service – an InfoWorld affiliate with a network of news correspondents around the world – to provide readers with a survey of how world economy globalization is affecting businesses. InfoWorld, together with the IDG News Service, is the only news magazine for information technology (IT) professionals that had the worldwide resources to examine this global phenomenon and IT's role in it.


A series of stories in the November 27 issue of InfoWorld examine what it takes for businesses to compete in the new world economy and are based on reports from 11 news bureaus – including Singapore, Hong Kong, Rome, London, New York, and Miami.

The results of these stories show that IT professionals in growing companies need to be aware of cultural, legal and trade issues when doing business outside of the United States. In addition, technology problems, such as telecommunications connectivity and global technology standards, become thornier when businesses ramp up to compete internationally. Merger and taxation questions – many of which were once regarded as local problems – now need to be answered by companies that are increasingly doing more business outside their home countries.

Finally, InfoWorld's globalization survey explores the downside of globalization. The increased focus on expanded globalization exposes companies – even entire industries – to a new set of relatively unknown companies, thus multiplying the number of companies in the competitive landscape. Also, grass-roots protests against global economic organizations, such as the World

Trade Organization and the World Bank, cannot be ignored as they can impact a company's ability to expand its global presence. Business executives seeking opportunities outside their borders need to be aware of the possibilities and the pitfalls on a business, technology and political level. InfoWorld's special report on globalization offers readers a tool to help create a business plan for the 21st century.

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, focuses on editorial coverage of key technologies, products and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage. InfoWorld's $23 million dollar dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of technology and products as well as provides in-depth analysis and the business ROI of the technology and implementation.

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