There are several countries preparing to join European Union in the next few years and more will follow in years to come. How can information technology support these endeavors? Several stakeholders are involved in the effort: government, businesses, professional associations, and educational institutions. How can they help in exploiting information technology to support a transition process and accelerate market orientation? European integration is part of broader globalization processes enabled by information technology. How should countries prepare for it? Internet based global connectivity offers new opportunities to energetic countries preparing for e-commerce, e-government, and e-democracy. What is a role of professional organizations and universities on those lines? The panelist will build on the case of Slovenia in order to develop generalized ideas of working together in a process of European integration using information technology for accelerated development. As commerce is being redefined by the dynamics of the Internet and other electronic commerce technologies, the panelists will analyze the present situation in Slovenia and look forwards to future developments. They will present a Slovenian case for universal commerce, within which mutually reinforcing changes in business practices and underlying information technologies will be presented. Universal commerce is the sharing of business information, maintaining business relationships, and conducting business transactions by any means (by traditional means and by means of telecommunications networks). In today's business environment, where the operational boundaries between firms have become fluid, it is unproductive to separate inter-organizational business processes from intra-organizational ones.
Gricar, Jose; Bracun, Franc; Kozelj, Stanko; Jelovcan, Milan; Petric, Darjan; Silic, Marin; and Zerko, Ivan, "Challenges in Information Systems Development in a Country Preparing for European Union - Slovenia Case Panel" (2001). ECIS 2001 Proceedings. 46.