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Approach for Determining Digital Readiness Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016220D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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e-Readiness Assessment Business Method

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Approach for Determining Digital Readiness

e-Readiness Assessment Business Method

Convergence of information and communications technologies

Information and communications technologies address the range of
technology related to the development and use of the micro-chip.
Until a few years ago information technologies and communications
technologies were largely separate. Although the basic
technologies were similar · that is largely based on electrical
circuits of one form or another · the way in which the technology
was exploited was different. Information technology was
digitally based · it used a series of ones and zeroes to do its
business · while telecommunication was analogue · it used
continuous electrical current to deliver service.

As technology has advanced, information technologies and
communications technologies have converged. Today the digital
medium is the prevailing mechanism for telecommunications as well
as for information technology. The digital medium is more

Most recently the Internet has driven this convergence. The main
impact of the Internet has been to enable us to begin to
transform the things we do rather than simply to automate them.
Until a few years ago computers were about automation and the
telephone about communication. Today, with convergence,
information and communications technology (ICT) is about
transformation. This transformation is helped by the tendency
for ICT to follow what is referred to as Moore's Law, that is,
that the price-performance of ICT will double every 18 months.

The Internet and social change

The Internet is a major force for social change. It has appeared
in millions of homes over the last few years. It took 70 years
for the telephone to appear in 50% of homes in the US. It took
only 15 years for the Internet to do the same thing. In the
developed countries people's familiarity with ICT has risen
dramatically. New models for doing business have appeared such
as Amazon which enables us to buy books at any time of the day or
night. Banks are offering their services on line. While a side
effect is the closure of bank branches, it is possible in many
cases to bank from home in many countries.


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The digital divide

One major issue in the developed countries, however, is the
digital divide. Societies are becoming polarised into the
"information haves" and the "information have nots". This divide
occurs for a number of reasons but many reasons are related to
socio-economic background. As more and more business goes
on-line the "information have nots" are increasingly
disadvantaged. The digital divide, however, is not simply a
national phenomenon. It is an international challenge.

Governments are now aware of the economic opportunities presented
by ICT · but they are also aware of the challenges. 65% of the
world's $31 trillion economy is generated by the G7 countries
while the G8 - G20 members contribute another 15%. So about 100
nations account for only 20% of world gross domestic product