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Business information technologies

The Business and Information Technologies (BIT) project is a consortium of international units led by a research group at the University of California in Los Angeles.

The project tracks the impact of information technologies on business practices globally through a commonly administered survey.

In addition to enabling comparisons about the deployment and impact of IT on a global basis, the survey also tracks changes in such activity over time.

New Zealand participated for the first time in 2008, through the Centre of Digital Enterprise (CODE) at the University of Auckland Business School, providing a local insight into the use of IT in organisations.

The survey covers technology adoption, transformations in the internal organisation of firms, market facing activity, management of partner relationships and business results arising out of the deployment of IT.

The topic resonated among New Zealand CIOs, as more than 100 ICT Executives from across industries throughout the country participated in the survey.

The survey provided a critical snapshot of the recent use of IT in organisations in New Zealand and provided some indication of upcoming trends. As part of the global study, the data will provide important input that will contrast the adoption of IT in New Zealand vis-à-vis other parts of the world. In covering a broad cross section of New Zealand organisations, the survey provides a picture of what is happening in multiple industry sectors as opposed to looking at a single, technology-orientated sector.

The results of the survey were presented at an event on 30 March 2008 at the University of Auckland Business School. The event was opened by Keith Watson, HP Managing Director who emphasised the importance of New Zealand companies getting involved with international research (see photos below).

The co-authors of the report are Professor Ananth Srinivasan and Professor Margo Buchanan-Oliver (CODE Co-Directors). Research assistants were Christoph Breidbach (PhD Student) and Jesse Candy (Postgraduate Student).

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