The UK lags behind Japan, Sweden, the US and France in the implementation and use of the Intranet, and 50 per cent of 1,000 companies surveyed recently are unaware of what it actually is.
Melanie Howard, director of research company The Future Foundation and co-author of a BT-commissioned report, 'Inside Information', commented: ?There are huge misconceptions about Intranets, not least of which is the cost. Many companies don?t realise that they probably have much of the basic infrastructure and perhaps what?s needed is an understanding of the benefits in terms of effective business operations.?
BT claims that 40 per cent of UK businesses could be running an Intranet by 2000, but it says the Intranet potential to become a #1 billion market by that date is being overshadowed by Internet hype. It believes the global market for Intranet technologies will far outweigh the Internet within three years.
Of the 1,000 UK companies surveyed, only six per cent use Intranets, and 10 per cent plan to do so, while 30 per cent expressed an interest.
BT says it probably has the largest Intranet in Europe and it cites internal savings as a key driver for using the technologies. It saved over #305 million because of Intranet usage in 1996, and an estimated #560 million in 1997.
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