Embrace IT, businesses told

  • Business
  • Thursday, 12 Jun 2003

THE Chinese IT authority wants Chinese enterprises to embrace information technology to better manage their businesses.  

“The need for change was made obvious by the SARS outbreak, during which people tried to avoid face-to-face contact,” said Li Jian, general director of the High-tech Industrialisation Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology.  

Li said Internet and online activities would allow enterprises to continue to do business and his call was echoed by officials at a week-long online forum on enterprise IT in Beijing recently.  


“Whatever the enterprise, big or small, it is vitally important for them to adopt advanced management theory and practice, and a mature IT-enabled environment is needed to support their operations.”  


Chinese enterprises have been quick to use software in day-to-day operations.  

A survey conducted by the leading group office indicated that by the end of last year, 83% of the 538 key state-owned enterprises had their own websites. In 2000, the percentage was 74. 

Experts believe that management software can help improve business performance. However, they believe that to make the enterprise resource planning a success, there is a need to raise awareness among company leaders on the importance of a modern management approach. – China Daily  

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