Senior Executives From Drapkin Technology, EDS, Gartner and NextMonet Address How to Best Build E-Commerce Infrastructures Online SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- CNET Enterprise (http://enterprise.cnet.com), the premier Internet resource for business decision makers, IT professionals, and senior IS executives, presents the second quarterly Live from the Corner Office webcast: "ASPs and E-commerce: Is the time Right?" On October 11 at 12:30 p.m., PDT, in the CNET TV Studios in San Francisco, leading industry executives and analysts from Drapkin Technology, EDS, Gartner and NextMonet will address how to best build e-commerce infrastructures online. With technology becoming more and more central to businesses throughout the world, CNET offers the second in its series of high-level discussions in which executives and top industry analysts weigh in on the most important issues affecting companies today. The panel will offer perspectives from business people at small, medium and large companies, focusing on the following areas of consideration when evaluating different infrastructure options: ROI, taxes, security, regulatory practices and availability of products. Online viewers will be able to email questions to the moderator during the event, chat with other online viewers, and see all presentation materials from their own desks. For additional information and to register for the live webcast please go to (http://enterprise.cnet.com/corneroffice.) Panel participants include: -- Michael Drapkin, Principal of Drapkin Technology and chair of Columbia University's E-commerce Track for the Advanced Information Technology Management Program -- John Wilkerson, president of the Indirect Market Channels at EDS -- Ben Pring, principal analyst at Gartner -- Myrna Nickelsen, CEO of NextMonet Bob Kane, CNET editor of business products, will moderate the panel and take questions from the online audience. Nielsen NetRatings studies of CNET's audience have shown that over a third of all information services management professionals who are active online at work use CNET. Other surveys show that 71 percent of CNET's unique work audience influence corporate or departmental purchasing and adult CNET users are 78 percent more likely to have a MIS/IT/IS occupation than those using other Web sites. "With the trend for increased outsourcing of the IT infrastructure and process and the compelling economics of conducting business online, many businesses today are faced with the decision of whether to build their E-commerce infrastructure from scratch or to outsource some, most or all of this process," said Kane. "These are critical decisions for CNET Enterprise's tech-savvy business audience, and we pleased to present this timely information to help them make better business decisions." "The ASP market represents a major computing revolution with the power to dramatically redraw today's IT ecosystem based on the delivery of application services over a network," said Ben Pring, principal analyst at Gartner. "For enterprises of all sizes, the opportunity to secure Tier 1 application functionality while forgoing significant infrastructure, software and personnel investment is alluring, as is the lower total cost of ownership, which is estimated between 30 percent and 70 percent, depending on the application and the services provided." About CNET Enterprise CNET Enterprise (http://enterprise.cnet.com/) brings together CNET's award-winning editorial coverage of business technology -- including reports, product information, user reviews and in-depth articles -- with multiple viewpoints from leading industry analysts, such as Gartner, META, Forrester Research, Aberdeen Group, AMR Research, Hurwitz Group, INPUT and SPEX. CNET Enterprise also provides information on a range of IT services, such as outsourcing and application hosting; a directory of IT-related conferences and symposiums; online professional services tools; technology jobs and careers; and detailed product specifications. 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