There are huge benefits to the Internet as
a business environment not least of all the lack of restrictions in
geography and time zones, and improved transaction speed and cost.
Turban E et al (2004) cite Huber
(2003) who states that the new business environment has been created due
to advances in science occurring at an accelerated rate.
Huber continues by saying that the rapid growth in technology as
resulted in a large variety of more complex systems and that as a result
we experience a more turbulent environment, with more business problems
and opportunities; stronger competition; and the need for organizations
to make decisions more often.
The popularity of the Internet in the
early 1990ís started a surge of new companies who ran their whole
business on the net. These companies were known as the dot-coms. The
best-known example of a dot-com business is www.amazon.com.
The failure of so many dot-com
companies at the end of the 1990ís led to the media naming Internet only
However, for every failure there are
probably many untold success stories of those who have built up
successful businesses on the Internet.
It is a well-publicised fact that no Internet Company whether just a
start up or a brick and mortar company jumping on the Internet bandwagon
makes profit for the first few years. In fact according to the Tesco web
cast interim results annual report for the first three years
www.tesco.com was in the red. It was not until the year 2003/2004 that
they started to make a profit.
Amazon.com made their first full year
profit in 2003 approximately 7 and a half years after they first started
trading online. There could be many different factors for the time
difference these two companies took to see returns on their investments.
Amazon was one of the original dot-com companies to enter the e-tail
The reason it took them so long to make
their first profit was probably due to the fact that in 1995 the
Internet was in its infancy stage. Never-mind all of the problems at the
time of the millennium, which saw the fall of a lot of the dot-coms.
By the time Tesco entered the scene in
the year 2000 most of the dot-com failure hype was decreasing and it has
taken until now to regain all the trust in the Internet as a business
environment that was lost.