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The latest developments in communications and e-commerce - IT barometer in 3 Nordic countries

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Howard R, Kiviniemi A, Samuelson O

The latest developments in communications and e-commerce - IT barometer in 3 Nordic countries

Abstract: Electronic communication and new forms of electronic commerce have been some of the fastest growing areas in information technology in construction. Denmark, Finland and Sweden are in the forefront of applying these technologies, and a recent repeat of the IT Barometer survey of the construction industry presents information from firms of: architects, property owners and managers, contractors, consulting engineers and others. This was first carried out in 1998. Comparisons are now made between levels of IT use then and in 2000/2001, and between the three countries involved. The paper-based survey was developed at KTH in Sweden and the same questions were asked in Denmark and Finland. The survey includes: levels of staff, access to equipment and communications, current and future use of applications software, Intranets and Project Webs, e-commerce, future intentions, benefits and problems. The general aim is to measure progress in take up of technology and compare national differences. The analysis indicates significant differences, with Denmark and Finland having a high level of staff access to PCs and e-mail and Finland making greater use of Project Webs and Intranets. The most interesting comparison is in attitudes to financial control systems, where Swedish and Danish companies place better financial control as a high priority, while it has dropped in importance in Finland. Swedish and Danish companies appear to have most of the CAD facilities they need, but in Finland this is still a priority for investment. A reduced proportion of drawing work is carried out manually by architects and engineers in all three countries, around 15 - 20% for Denmark and Sweden, while this has reduced in Finland from 34% to 6% in the last 3 years and, in Sweden, from 36 - 14% . Ecommerce is most fully developed in Finland where over three quarters of companies have some experience of its use.



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Class: class.commerce (0.075532) class.collaboration (0.073201) class.roadmaps (0.029236)
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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. The assistnace of the editor, Prof. Kristian Agger, is gratefully aprecciated.


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