Intel chairman Andy Grove said today Europe is still a couple of years behind the US in ebusiness adoption, but is catching up fast.
During his last European tour two years ago, the former Intel chief executive slammed Europe for lagging behind the US. He said future generations of Europeans would be left with a technology deficit unless business leaders adopted and encouraged the wider use of IT. see Newswire 5 Febuary 1997
Addressing senior executives in London today, Grove said he did not need to issue a wake up call to Europe this time around, as UK prime minister Tony Blair had already done the job for him last week.
"When people like Mr Blair take up the banner, its not necessary for me to do so," he said.
As part of his speech, Grove highlighted a couple of European businesses that are already exploiting the benefits of ebusiness, including the Woolwich.
"These gentlemen prove implicitly that Europe can do it too," said Grove.
He also warned against over regulation of the Internet, saying it could strangle ebusiness growth.
"There are groups of regulators everywhere hanging around the Internet. I've pleaded with them to follow the Hippocratic Oath - do no harm," he said.
Grove also said that he believed the PC would remain the de facto technology used to access the Internet.
"The PC is being reshaped in front of our eyes. The computer is going to change in shape, colour and costs but the PC will remain predominantly the favourite way to access the Internet."
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