Manycompanies preparing for the new economy find themselves having to take a crashcourse in all things related to the Internet. Knowingwho uses the Web, the fastest growing areas and how much time people spendonline is for companies entering intoan e-venture. Fortunately, you can find most of the answers on the Net – butknowing where to look can be difficult.There areseveral companies that monitor Internet activity and two of the most respectedand trusted are Forrester Research and Jupiter Media Metrix Inc. As with mostinformation, in-depth Internet data comes at a price, but both companies havewebsites that give snapshots and highlights as well as some insight from recentreports and studies. Forrester(www.forrester.com) is an independent Internet research firm that analysestechnological change and its impact on business, consumers and society, and isparticularly good for research on e-commerce. It is a US consultancy, but hasresearch centres in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt so a UK and European perspectivecan be obtained.JupiterMMXI (www.mmxi.com) claims to be the world leader in market intelligence andwhile this may sound grandiose, it is excellent for Internet usage statistics.Check out the press sections of both for highlights of recent reports andgraphical data.Anotherexcellent resource is the website of the new media magazine The IndustryStandard at www.thestandard.com (click for US or Europe in the bar at the top).Again, it wants you to be so impressed with its coverage of the new economythat you will take a subscription, but its website offers a great deal of freeinformation and it has a dedicated workplace issues section.If youwant to keep abreast of IT developments, The Register (www.theregister.co.uk)is a free online news resource of all the latest hardware and softwaredevelopments, and general technology news. It also covers all the latest dotcomcrashes and its irreverent tone cuts through a lot of the hype and jargon thatsurrounds the world of technology. websites of the weekOn 6 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.