Department of Big Scary Numbers

US$1 Trillion: Amount of e-commerce business that will be conducted in 2003.

US$80 Billion: The amount spent on business process outsourcing (data centres, client/server, applications, help desk, etc.) in 1998.

US$200 Billion: The amount that will be spent on BPO in 2002.

US$14.27 Billion: Total venture capital investment in IT in 1999.

1.3 Billion: Number of Web visits expected during the 1999 holiday season.

Department of Little Scary Numbers

11 per cent: Number of those 1.3 Billion visits that were expected to produce an on-line transaction.

Sources: International Data Corp., PricewaterhouseCoopers