The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) anually makes an assessment of the 60 largest economies in the world by means of their e-readiness.
E-readiness is a shorthand for the extent to which a countrys business environment is conducive to Internet-based opportunities. It is a concept that spans a wide range of
factors, from telephone penetration to online security to intellectual property protection.
Assessment is done by taking into account several factors including; connectivity and technology infrastructure, business environment, consumer and business adoption, social and cultural infrastructure, legal and policy environment and supporting e-services.
Below are some key points driven from the report:
North America, northern Europe and Australia take the top ten spots
Emerging markets suffer from poor IT infrastructure and a lack of financing
Location isnt destiny; all regions feature both standouts and laggards
Top-notch infrastructure is vital, but business culture is even more critical
Conducive government policy gives leading countries a competitive edge