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CNET Enterprise Presents Live From the Corner Office: 'ASPs and E-Commerce: Is The Time Right?'

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
(, 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
    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 (

    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 ( brings together CNET's
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product information, user reviews and in-depth articles -- with multiple
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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. The multiple viewpoints and wide-ranging
content in CNET Enterprise helps business managers, owners, CEOs and IS
professionals make better business purchasing decisions about IT products and

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