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Autonomic Computing by Richard Murch

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A Brief History of E-Business on Demand

By the mid-1990s, IBM recognized that advances in network technology were going to fundamentally change the way companies could manage their core business processes. Companies quickly realized that the Internet's value was not in fancy Web pages, but in exploiting the technology to make business processes more efficient—what IBM calls e-business. Companies have since invested heavily in process reengineering, applying network technologies to traditionally labor-and paper-intensive processes to make them faster, cheaper, and more direct. While this has been beneficial, we need to do more. We need e-business on demand.

Business Transformation Begins

Today, companies are recognizing another benefit of e-business: ...

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