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 . . .
|.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