We are now solidly in the information economy. One way to tell is to look at the tools and daily management of information in business. In 1998, an average of 80% of the information used in operating a company came from internal sources, from within the company. In 2008, an average of 80% of the information used in company operations came from outside of the company.
The Internet has changed everything. It is a global brain, the world's largest library, everyone's printing press, and an almost unlimited communications tool.