A survey of 1,200 directors, IT managers and employees across Europe has revealed that intranets are not the first priority for major businesses.
The study, commissioned by network company Novell, showed that slow adoption of the technology is the name of the game, especially in Great Britain.
The results reveal a startling gap between the hype generated by vendors and the reality accepted by major companies.
According to the survey, 51 per cent of IT managers in Great Britain have troubles convincing their board that intranets will save them money. Resistance is even greater in France and Germany, the latter country demonstrating that 75 per cent fail to convince directors.
But the survey also shows that IT managers themselves are not totally convinced that using an intranet is a ?good thing?. Nearly 40 per cent of Euro IT managers are unclear as to the benefits, the survey shows.
That, according to Andrew Sadler-Smith, deputy MD at Novell UK, showed a widespread ignorance of the subject in large corporations. He said: ?The UK is lowest in terms of understanding technology. In Germany and France it?s fairly common to find senior managers with scientific backgrounds. Many people don?t realise that their existing infrastructures can be easily converted to an intranet without much work.?
He said that another survey commissioned by Novell showed that out of 15,000 companies, 80 per cent had Netware installed and there was little cost in converting from one to the other. It was different from installing NT and incurring additional charges with hardware, he claimed.
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