Initially our team suggested utilizing Google Docs to address 1-888-Junk-Van’s immediate need for a new IT system, with a plan of addressing future needs through the integration of Platform as a System (PaaS). In reading many of the other groups’ submissions, we felt confident that we were on the right track to a final system; whereas, many chose to move forward directly to PaaS. However, after careful consideration and effective discussion among us, we feel that Junk Van should utilize PaaS as their new IT system from the onset. We realized the possibility that Junk Van could outgrow Google Docs sooner than expected. With the ability to migrate to PaaS just as quickly, why not select a system that grows with the company? PaaS incorporates all the needs and wants of the owner, Kingo, for a system without extremely high costs offset by value added efficiencies. Implementing PaaS requires no upfront cost as the provider supplies the hardware, operating system and storage. According to Kingo’s estimate, monthly service package costs will be within $300-$600 range. Because the provider also performs the necessary maintenance, licensing, etc., there would be no need for Junk Van to hire a designated IT employee, furthering cost savings. Additionally, implementation of PaaS does not require a long term contract, can be canceled with one month’s notice and can be scaled up or down depending on the company’s needs. The ability to scale up will be critical in establishing a franchise, a long term goal of Kingo’s. In our earlier analysis, our team determined that Junk Van is following a cost focus strategy. As previously mentioned, PaaS does not require any upfront investment or long term contract and offers scalability; all of which align with Junk Van’s current generic strategy. As
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- Spring '17
- Rashmi Jain
- Junk Van, Business process improvement