Secure E-Commerce Not Necessarily So, Says IDC

A new study released by International Data Corp. (IDC, today reveals that one in five large companies and one in three small companies is not likely to have a secure transaction option available in their e-commerce solution.

The study, E-Commerce Solutions: Customer Directions and Segmentation by Company Size and Industry, explores the market segments currently deploying e-commerce solutions and how the potential pipeline for future business is shaping up. The report finds that large companies, while not always innovators of new products, are the most frequent purchasers of innovation.

IDC cautions that not all evaluations of e-commerce solutions result in implementation. Large increases in both the size and complexity of an e-commerce solution are on the rise, according to the latest survey results. Over 40 percent of respondents report that they paid a premium for better e-commerce solution performance.

While Microsoft Corp. has the highest degree of mindshare, Netscape Communications (, IBM Corp. ( and Oracle Corp. ( also maintain high levels of mindshare, with 25 percent of companies reporting seriously considering these vendors as e-commerce solution providers.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.