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Survey Seeks to Uncover Issues
Related to Conducting Business Electronically

Expanding its knowledge base of enterprise management issues
affecting organisations worldwide, The MERIT Project (www.merit conducted a comprehensive survey at interBiz World 99
focused on management issues concerning electronic commerce. The
survey will be followed by the creation of a MERIT subcommittee to
study e-business and inter-business requirements.

MERIT (Maximising the Efficiency of Resources in Information
Technology) is a globally supported initiative that brings together clients,
business partners and value-added resellers to promote increased IT
reliability, availability, service levels and return on investment. As a
charter member, CA acts as the catalyst between its partners and clients
to respond to the specific needs identified by the MERIT Project.

The survey was distributed to more than 3,000 visitors who
attended interBiz World 99. Results are expected to be available in

The goals of the 1999 e-business survey include discovering the
current level of engagement in e-business, uncovering current and
future e-business management strategies, and determining the
financial impact e-business will have on businesses in the future. The study also explores how industry standards, such as the new XML protocol (Extensible
Markup Language), will be used. XML is a flexible protocol used to
create common information formats while sharing the format and the data
available on the World Wide Web, intranets and elsewhere.

The initial phase of the survey was conducted at interBiz World
99, the combined user conference for interBiz Solutions, a division of
Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) dedicated to assisting clients
in exploiting CA applications to capitalise on e-business
opportunities. interBiz World 99 introduced CA applications
product users to the BizWorks™ framework, an architecture for applications integration designed to support intra- and inter-business collaboration,
provide tools to intelligently analyse and visualise information
from the extended enterprise, and predict future business events.

According to a University of Texas study, Internet commerce
created more than 1.2 million jobs and generated more than $300 billion in
1998. The study also found that annual growth in this burgeoning medium is
expected to exceed 170 percent.

"Internet commerce will be a cornerstone for tomorrow's
businesses," said Ken Farber, director of the MERIT Advisory Council. "To be
successful, executives will need to understand the impact the Internet has on
the cost structure of their businesses. This in-depth study will give us
valuable insight into what buyers and sellers are looking for, as
well as ideas on how to maximise the business opportunities afforded by the Web."

MERIT's charter is to identify the factors that reduce total cost
of ownership (TCO) related to the acquisition, maintenance and
management of IT resources and, more importantly, concentrate on
improving the Enterprise Business Value (EBV) of distributed computing
environments through end-to-end enterprise management. Through technology
partnerships, surveys, client input and regularly scheduled
conferences, the MERIT Advisory Council members work to improve
the business value of all components in the IT
infrastructure--applications, databases, networks, servers,
desktops and nontraditional IT computing devices.

About interBiz Solutions
interBiz Solutions, a division of Computer Associates
International, Inc., was created to assist worldwide clients, suppliers and partners to capitalise on e-commerce opportunities. interBiz Solutions
consolidates CA's proven technologies with the competencies of CA's application
business units: interBiz Supply Chain Group, interBiz Financial
Group, interBiz Banking Group and ACCPAC International to create a
new business paradigm. Visit us at

About Computer Associates International, Inc.
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), the world
leader in mission-critical business computing, provides software, support
and integration services in more than 100 countries around the world.
CA has more than 17,500 employees and had revenue of $5.3 billion in
fiscal year 1999.
For more information about CA, please call 516-342-5224 or e-mail CA's World Wide Web address is

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