As vice president of Digital's Internet Business Group, Rose Ann Giordano has a tough brief: make Digital a major player in the Internet industry. Having started as head of a three-strong team, Giordano now heads a team of 90.
So what achievements is Giordano most proud of? "We were the first to recognise Netscape and do an OEM deal with them three years ago," she says. "We've gained a 15 per cent share in the ISP market selling hardware, software and consultancy and I'd like to think we were catalysts in getting major organisations to see the possibilities of the Internet."
If Giordano has her way, she won't be the average Net users' best friend though. Her team is now working on Millicent, a micropayment technology that lets Web site owners charge for information by the fraction of a penny.
Giordano reckons that over time people will pay for content. "The smart vendor will marry both cultures together. Of course some will be free because that's the best way to get users to come back. Having said that, we believe micropayments are inoffensive."
Giordano says intranets are the defining technology of the moment. "Intranet studies estimate massive returns for firms that have invested in intranets. Even if the studies are off by 50 per cent, that's still good."
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