Intranets will fundamentally change the way UK companies do business, and will lead to large numbers switching from PCs to NCs.
These are the key findings of The Durlacher Intranet Report 1997, based on primary research undertaken by Romtec among 100 of the top 1,000 UK firms, and on an overview of recent studies by other companies.
The report, compiled by Durlacher Multimedia, a UK-based investment research firm, has good news for NC manufacturers. Just over half of UK companies who already have , or are planning to get intranets believe they will replace most of their networked PCs with network computers within five years.
However, the take-up of intranets has been relatively slow in the UK, with only 13% of large companies currently employing intranet technology.
Of the rest, 55% say they have no such plans, citing "insufficient perceived benefit" as the reason.
Eight in 10 firms with or planning to have intranets believe they will change corporate culture, although only just over a third think it will change their organisational structure. A major perceived benefit of intranets is better dissemination of information. The report suggests this will change the way firms do business, giving more staff access to corporate information, thus making them more efficient.
The report says that to be truly useful, intranet Web sites and company databases must be integrated. To this end, it says, incumbent database suppliers must radically redefine their offerings to allow access to existing structured data, and to store multimedia material.
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