Can IT be your businessâ€™s savior? Can IT propel your business, grow it, and give it the competitive edge it sorely needs? Information technology is generally not seen as the savior: Mismanaged IT projects, failed ERP implementations, piles of consulting bills, and too much drama â€“ all of this has given bad rap to a discipline that can become the core strategic engine for your business. But whether you wield IT as a competitive weapon or as a tool to bleed the business, that is a choice you make explicitly.
Since I have worked for several companies that build software solutions for a living and others whose livelihoods depend on using such solutions, I am no stranger to IT. In fact, my book on supply chain strategy squarely deals with technology and how it relates to business strategy. Though I have written several articles on the subject in the past (some listed at the bottom of this post), when I read a similar article in the CFO magazine, I knew I had to share it.
Of course, there are numerous other examples of corporations using IT as their strategic edge and others who failed to do so.
Among the winners: Wal-Mart, Amazon, Cemex, Apple, Fedex, E-Trade, Dell, P&G, Tesco and so on.
And some of the losers: K-Mart (and its new owners, Sears), DHL, Borders, KB Toys, Toys R Us, and so on.
- Technology- Enabler or Inhibitor
- Is Technology Expendable?
- Technology- The Fall Guy
- IT is Everybody's Business
Originally posted by Vivek Sehgal at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SupplyChainMusingsstrategyVisionOperationalExcellence/~3/XZT0xmnTuJ4/it-savior.html