by Jiří Zlatuška, A revised version of an invited talk presented at SOFSEM`97 conference. December 1997, 30 pages.
FIMU-RS-97-08. Available as Postscript, PDF.
The information revolution is radically transforming many patterns along which society and enterprises have traditionally worked. These changes do not bring just minor technological improvements, but indeed a fundamental transformation of our industry-based society into an information-based one. The changes are most visible and documented within the business world, but the synergy between technological and social shifts does not stop there. In this paper we try to identify and summarize key trends and challenges which this development puts before us.