Global e-readiness leaders: Denmark, US, Sweden, Switzerland, UK

IBM and Economist magazine conducted e-readiness survey for countries around the world. A country’s e-readiness score is a measure of its e-business environment, a collection of factors that indicate how amenable a market is to Internet-based opportunities.

Global e-readiness rankings

Rank, 2005 Rank, 2004 Country Score, 2005 Score, 2004
1 1 Denmark 8.74 8.28
2 6 US 8.73 8.04
3 3 Sweden 8.64 8.25
4 10 Switzerland 8.62 7.96
5 2 UK 8.54 8.27
6 (tie) 9 Hong Kong 8.32 7.97
6 (tie) 5 Finland 8.32 8.08
8 8 Netherlands 8.28 8.00
9 4 Norway 8.27 8.11
10 12 Australia 8.22 7.88
11 7 Singapore 8.18 8.02
12 (tie) 11 Canada 8.03 7.92
12 (tie) 13 Germany 8.03 7.83
14 12 Austria 8.01 7.68
15 16 Ireland 7.98 7.45
16 19 New Zealand 7.82 7.33
17 17 Belgium 7.71 7.41
18 14 S. Korea 7.66 7.73
19 18 France 7.61 7.34
20 22 Israel 7.45 7.06
21 25 Japan 7.42 6.86
22 20 Taiwan 7.13 7.32
23 21 Spain 7.08 7.20
24 23 Italy 6.95 7.05
25 24 Portugal 6.90 7.01
26 26 Estonia 6.32 6.54
27 31 Slovenia 6.22 6.06
28 27 (tie) Greece 6.19 6.47
29 27 (tie) Czech Republic 6.09 6.47
30 30 Hungary 6.07 6.22
31 29 Chile 5.97 6.35
32 (tie) 36 Poland 5.53 5.41
32 (tie) 32 South Africa 5.53 5.79
34 39 (tie) Slovakia 5.51 5.33
35 33 Malaysia 5.43 5.61
36 39 (tie) Mexico 5.21 5.33
37 34 Latvia 5.11 5.60
38 35 Brazil 5.07 5.56
39 37 Argentina 5.05 5.38
40 38 Lithuania 5.04 5.35
41 n/a Jamaica 4.82 n/a
42 42 Bulgaria 4.68 4.71
43 45 Turkey 4.58 4.51
44 43 Thailand 4.56 4.69
45 44 Venezuela 4.53 4.53
46 48 Saudi Arabia 4.38 4.38
47 50 Romania 4.19 4.23
48 41 Colombia 4.18 4.76
49 46 India 4.17 4.45
50 47 Peru 4.07 4.44
51 49 Philippines 4.03 4.35
52 55 Russia 3.98 3.74
53 51 Egypt 3.90 4.08
54 52 (tie) China 3.85 3.96
55 56 Ecuador 3.83 3.70
56 52 (tie) Sri Lanka 3.80 3.96
57 54 Ukraine 3.51 3.79
58 58 Nigeria 3.46 3.44
59 57 Iran 3.08 3.68
60 59 Indonesia 3.07 3.39
61 60 Vietnam 3.06 3.35
62 63 Kazakhstan 2.97 2.60
63 61 Algeria 2.94 2.63
64 62 Pakistan 2.93 2.61
65 64 Azerbaijan 2.72 2.43
Source: IBM, Economist

Government IT spending to reach $70 bln by 2010

Input predicts that state and local governments will increase their IT spending from $48 bln in fiscal 2005 to about $70 bln by fiscal 2010. IT spending in professional services will lead the market with a 14.2% compounded annual growth rate through 2010; telecommunications will see an 11.4% growth rate; and software is projected to receive an 8% growth rate.