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This 6-page paper discusses strategic ideas to consider when selecting an IT system for a company. Also presented is information about why businesses and systems sometimes don't get along. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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a lot of memory, but they were considered the latest thing in data storage, IT strategies and so forth. The technological revolution
of the latter part of the 20th century ended up meaning that technology became cheaper and more efficient than ever before. These days, information technology strategy involves everything from keeping
in touch with employees no matter what side of the world they are on, all the way to storage of massive amounts of data on something as innocuous as a
desktop PC. IT has also meant that there are businesses willing to jump on the technology bandwagon. Theyre eager to try out
the latest Internet, intranet, enterprise system, collaborative computing system and so forth. But the problem is that IT strategy may not necessarily align itself well to business strategy.
Back in 2001, writer Ben Worthen wrote an article dealing with the Goldman Industrial group, which was a consortium of four machine tool manufacturers
that served the automobile industry -- this group had spent $4 million to create a "collaborative computing environment" (Worthen, 2001). It seemed like a good idea at the time --
especially with the goal being toward an enterprise information system that would help improve efficiencies while reducing costs and boosting collaboration (Worthen, 2001). After all, wasnt everyone else involved with
technology as well? Problem was, none of the partners or suppliers wanted to join in -- they didnt want to put
the time or monetary investment into upgrading their own equipment so they could be on a par with Goldman (Worthen, 2001). The difficulty, in this case, was that while Goldman