E-business has changed all the rules

Three valid questions with three very simple answers: no, no and no.

And that’s why Accountancy Age and are publishing an eight-week series on the subject. E-business matters to every business. Prepare for the new economy or you will be left behind.

Of course there are fears, not least cost and uncertainty. There is plenty of both in the new economy and no other words strike such fear into the hearts of finance professionals.

Then there is security, again a real concern. But there is a proliferation of sites tackling these concerns. From the Consumers Association to the English ICA to PricewaterhouseCoopers, there is no shortage of organisations looking to provide online security.

Still not convinced? Probably the most compelling reason of all to engage was announced by British Airways earlier in the year. Unveiling plans to join an industry-wide electronic aviation trading exchange, BA said a move online would save £180m. But crucially BA said the move would enable it to slash its supply chain from 14,000 to 2,000 suppliers by March 2002. The longer-term implications were clear.

Do it our way ‘online’ or don’t do it at all.

Over the next eight weeks we will seek to allay fears surrounding the new economy and report on accountants already seizing opportunities themselves.

This week we talk to QXL’s Robert Dighero, one of the most experienced e-business FDs. We also explain, with Andersen Consulting’s help, the fundamental differences between the old and new economies.

Make no mistake: the rules of the game have changed. Once and for all.

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