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Politics foil IT decision makers on e-business

Internal politics are preventing one in four UK IT decision makers from investing in e-business, according to a survey by e-business services firm ICL. As a result three out of five IT decision makers are spending less than 10% of their budget on e-business, despite analyst predictions, such as Gartner's, that online world-wide trade will reach $7 trillion by 2004.

The findings reveal that the opinions of IT decision makers are being ignored as a result of politics around the ownership of e-business. Lack of control is seen in the fact that just under a third of those interviewed do not know what percentage of their IT budget was spent on e-business over the last year.

The research was conducted by Mori on behalf of ICL among 171 IT decision makers in the UK, and found that more IT decision makers (25%) feel that internal politics are more to blame for the lack of e-business initiatives than security issues (18%). A further 38% are deterred by the cost of e-business technology. The fact that internal politics accounts for such a high percentage means that traditional priorities are not being considered in e-business strategies resulting in insecurity and conflict within the organisation.

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