Last month, Gartner Group proclaimed that by 2005 global business-to-business e-commerce would increase twentyfold to US$8.5 trillion. Given the state of the economy, it's hard to imagine issuing such a glowing prediction with a straight face. But Gartner and other researchers remain optimistic that corporations will increasingly trade via the Net - despite recession warnings and sales shortfalls at key b-to-b players such as Ariba and Commerce One.
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It doesn't look like the sketchy success of Internet stocks and IPOs has scared off many venture capitalists: new data shows more dollars are flowing into Net startups than ever before.