Less than half of the UK's network and IT Managers are being consulted on e-commerce implementations. According to a survey by network supplier Black Box, based on 200 responses from IT staff, one in four companies plan to open a dedicated e-business site operating within the next six months. But, 51.5% of these decisions were reached without the involvement of the internal network and IT management.
Patrick Hudgell, Black Box's managing director said, "Apart from the new.com companies with clean-sheet IT environments, the explosion of interest in transacting business over the Internet will force companies to integrate new e-business systems with legacy mainframe and client/server systems. Yet, the people responsible for the existing network infrastructure are regularly being left out of the strategy discussions."
Hudgell advises that new e-commerce companies should take a leaf out of those progressive companies that have already taken the e-business plunge, where 77% involved the IT management from the start.