Making an impact on the bottom line

Welcome to our special report on e-business. Now that the dust has settled following the dotcom bust, businesses are taking a...

Welcome to our special report on e-business. Now that the dust has settled following the dotcom bust, businesses are taking a more sober and measured look at the best ways to exploit Web-based processes

And this means driving down costs and boosting return. In his opinion piece, Bob Wild of Compass Management Consulting calls for a change in working culture. Now is the time, he says, to measure the real impact of e-business on the bottom line. The board might be won over, but the IT director still has to manage the CEO's expectations of what can be achieved through technology.

One way in which firms can potentially save millions is by using supplier relationship management technologies. Find out all you need to know about these technologies and why you should consider them for your business - bad purchasing habits could be a thing of the past.

Although a lot of hype surrounds mobile technologies, firms are making them work as a part of their e-business strategies. We focus on how companies such as TNT profit from doing business on the move.

Finally, we take an in-depth look at how a bricks-and-mortar law firm has overhauled its business processes and successfully implemented an e-business strategy.

And good e-business practice does not stop there. On 27 November 47 shortlisted companies will be attending the Computer Weekly E-business Excellence Awards. This is the industry showcase for best e-business practice and as you may have seen over the last few weeks, the standard of innovation has been extremely high, which only goes to show that technology harnessed well is making business work more efficiently and effectively.

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