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Paris, Thursday, January 17, 2002
The acceleration of the diffusion of new Internet technologies
in French industry and commerce:
a major issue in the upcoming presidential elections
The eagle, the ox and the e-business fits into this context and aims to raise political and economic decision makers on the need
to open this essential debate

At a time when there is a strong de-industrialization of France and where the competitiveness of the national economy fell from 12th place in 1992 to 25th place in 2000 (source: OECD, 2000), never the vivacity of our fabric and TPE SMEs as agents of innovation and training and as a source of job creation and productivity has been more important. And if until the end of the 90s, no serious study has yet been able to demonstrate the impact of computerization of enterprises on economic growth, no more little dispute productivity gains and competitiveness achieved through the intensive use of information technology and Internet businesses.

On the eve of presidential elections, and in view of the backlog by France for several years in this area, the opening of a major debate on the brakes, the assets and the key success factors that will lead to an acceleration of diffusion of new Internet technologies in our entire economic fabric seems vital today for the future of our country.

The feeling of “bewilderment” General inspire Internet and information technology sector following major upheavals of the past seven years, however necessitated the implementation of a global synthesis to lay the foundations for a serene and constructive debate .

This is the ambition of Eagle, beef and e-business, editorial trilogy that aims to send a strong message to the French political and economic leaders to raise awareness of the urgent need to open this debate in the presidential elections. In this context, the author has favored an approach in the form of sponsorship to broadcast successively and free the three episodes of the trilogy on a special target of about 5,000 opinion leaders.

The author of The Eagle, beef and e-business, Midière Olivier, who is also the ardent promoter of this initiative has been evolving for 10 years in strategic consulting. He led all these years many missions with leaders of institutions and enterprises including in the information technology sector. His career at the crossroads of the world of politics, economics and technology, gives it a culture, a vision and a spirit of independence necessary to guarantee the neutrality and objectivity of such an undertaking.

The quality and motivation of people and companies who supported his initiative reinforce the relevance of its analysis. Antoine Veil, first, that in accepting to write the foreword for this trilogy, wanted to emphasize the need for France to seize this debate to ensure the prosperity of future generations. La Poste, ASP One, Alternis and MAIAAH! Then, best actors of development of the Internet in France and Europe, which, allowing Olivier Midière to complete this project, wanted to express their commitment to him to denounce the urgency of a situation they measure each day a little more reality on the ground.

To accompany the launch of this trilogy and contribute to the enrichment of the debate, the author and his patrons organize a large conference Thursday, January 31, 2002 at the 9th Entrepreneurs living on “Challenges and prospects of implementation e-business in French SMEs “, and several round tables to be held in early March 2002 and bringing together politicians, business leaders and representatives of institutions.

To enable the greatest number to participate in this debate, the three episodes of the trilogy will be available for free, as they are published on this page.

The eagle, the ox and the e-business

Trophy 2002 Book

9th Entrepreneurs lounge

Author: Olivier Midière

Foreword by Antoine Veil

available here

In a confusing time beset by doubt and uncertainty, The Eagle, beef and e-business is an editorial trilogy that aims both to provide clear answers to all those who s’ wondering about the origin and the real influence of the Internet in the economy and convince the urgent need for France to accelerate the dissemination and integration of new technologies in all of its industrial base and commercial .

An editorial concept threefold

This trilogy, a glance on both the past, present and immediate future, is based on three components:

An educational component designed to shed light on the revolution in information technology and the various steps that have marked its development from 1970 to the present:

2001, the odyssey of information technology

(Episode I, published 15 January 2002).

An economic component, aimed at understanding the fundamental features of the “new economy” emerging from nearly three decades across the world and explain its impact on the organization and operation of enterprises short and medium term:

2004, the advent of e-business

(Episode II, published January 31, 2002).

An ideological component, finally, intended to demonstrate why and how to promote the dissemination and integration of information technology and e-business across the French industrial and commercial fabric to improve the productivity of our economy and enhance competitiveness in the next five years:

2007, France in networks

(Episode III, published February 25, 2002).

Episode I

2001, the odyssey of information technology

The first part addresses the essential questions raised by the dizzying changes caused by the revolution in information technology

and the advent of the Internet.

Chapter 1: 1970-1994, the revolution in information technology

– What is the exact nature of this revolution

– What it covers exactly

– Where is how is it developed

– What are the elements that constitute the heart of the new technological paradigm, which together make up the material basis of the information society

Chapter 2: 1995-1999, the Internet revolution

– What role did the network of networks in the development of the ICT industry since the mid-90s

– What are the major phenomena and the radical changes caused by Internet shock wave during this period

– What are the two fundamental traits that characterized this mutation and were decisive for the immediate future of this industry

Chapter 3: 2000, the “spring of Dotcom”

– What are the causes of the great speculative skid that led to the development of the “Internet bubble”

– What is the process which led to the bursting of the “bubble”

– Why and How Are we back to the fundamentals of the real economy

– What about today

Chapter 4: 2001, the odyssey of information technology

– How and why the financial crisis, as such a magnitude

– What was kind of the unprecedented economic downturn experienced by the ICT sector in 2001

– What explains the large industrial restructuring movement begun in this sector since late 2000

In conclusion

After thirty years of intense revolution, what is the actual weight of the “ICT” sector in the French economy  In these circumstances, what are the three major challenges facing the industrial sector will face to reconnect with rapid and sustained growth