The internet is an American creation and, not surprisingly, the United States has created the best environment for E-business to flourish. Still, Britain and Canada rival the United States in E-business in a study released last week by management and IT strategy consulting group Booz Allen Hamilton, which credits state-of-the-art communications infrastructures and political leadership in the three nations.
Three key policies emerge from countries with strong market environments: integrating computer training into education, stimulating investments in the E-economy, and regulating the price of Internet access. "A supportive environment is the single most critical factor," Booz Allen VP Barrie Berg says.
The study compared E-business in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. Among its findings:
Residents of Canada, Sweden, and the United States are more likely to be involved in E-commerce.
Business E-maturity, the use of online technologies to change how businesses work, is most developed in Sweden and the United States.
Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United States have the strongest E-government development.
"The countries with the most advanced E-economies got an early start and haven't looked back," Berg says. "They've succeeded by maintaining their commitment to drive E-access into all aspects of society."
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.