Half of the 250 financial directors asked in last week's Accountancy Age/Reed Accountancy Personnel Big Question said they relied on the Internet for accessing up-to-date business information. For those who have already wised-up to the benefits of the Web, the result of this poll will have come as no surprise. What was more interesting were the reasons FDs gave to explain their responses. A week before today's launch of AccountancyAge.com, it was comforting that to hear some say their companies could not function without using the Internet. One even described not using it as 'commercial suicide' - a sobering thought for the 40% of FDs who said they did not rely on the Internet for up-to-date information. But many Internet-using FDs took the opportunity to highlight difficulties they had encountered. Three major issues emerged. First, some expressed doubts about the quality of business information they found on the Internet.Second, many said it took too long to find the information that they needed. And there was a third concern that some information they found was not truly 'up-to-date', but had just been posted on websites and forgotten.It is with these thoughts uppermost in our minds that we launch AccountancyAge.com. We will be using the experience and editorial infrastructure built up over 30 years of publishing Accountancy Age to ensure all information on the site is of the highest quality - not only this, but many top names in the profession have already agreed to provide material for the site. Our searchable database and links to relevant websites will cut down the time it takes to find information on the Web. The central feature of the site is our daily news service, which we will be updating throughout the day, meaning our stories will be up-to-date in the most immediate sense. That there is a demand for an up-to-date business information service on the Internet is clear. We hope to provide you with one that avoids any of the pitfalls currently associated with the Internet - and entertains you at the same time. - Chris Quick is online editor of AccountancyAge.com.
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