Global 2500 firms do not have what is needed to meet the infrastructure requirements of e-business, according
to a new report from Forrester Research.
The report "Internet Infrastructure for e-business", forecasts that by 2002, e-business will be built
on a foundation of Internet resident external technology called exT, which will fundamentally alter how large firms
procure technology, engage providers and implement business processes.
Enabled by the ubiquity of the Internet, open hosting centres and the emergence of standard software building
blocks, exT will emerge.
Forrester defines exT as "Network resident services, owned and operated by others, which enable firms to
participate in e-business networks." exT services will coalesce around a number of core services categories
and will be delivered by a multitude of providers.
"The need for rapid innovation in an e-business network environment will force firms to adopt exT,"
said principal analyst, Brendan Hannigan. "Successful exT providers will become the nucleus of an infrastructure
ecosystem on which e-business networks are built."