From the April 2000 issue of Entrepreneur

What a difference five years can make! A 1994 study conducted by IBM showed only half the small-business executives contacted knew the Internet existed. Compare IBM's conclusions to those from a similar survey released by IBM last year, which found that the Internet . . .

19941999
.increases a company's ability to expand globally.64%79%
.offers opportunities to make competitive bids.62%70%
.increases the ability to take advantage of business opportunities.36%57%
.compromises the ability to protect confidential information.56%75%
.is "reasonable and inexpensive" to use.56%81%

Source: Brodeur Porter Novelli