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collaborate on the design, manufacture and assembly of automotive components To slash costs, reduce time to market, lower inventory and workforce levels, while improving the sales, quality and consistency of Ford’s products
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Examples of Strategic Business Applications of IT Examples of Strategic Business Applications of IT Improving Business Quality IT can be used strategically to improve business performance – a continuous quality improvement Quality is emphasized from customer’s viewpoint rather than the producer’s (specifications/standards) Example: GE’s six sigma quality initiative Six Sigma mantra for approaching any process is ‘define, measure, analyze, improve, control’ and IT enables many of those activities GE uses IT to collect baseline quality data, model defect-free Six Sigma processes, automate those processes to lock in improvements and monitor them to assure they remain defect-free GE’s extranet website called the ‘customer dashboard’ – invites more than 1000 key customers to identify the most critical-to-quality (CTQ) aspects of GE products and services that define a good performance and a defect, also quantitative feedback on CTQ aspects GE’s intranet website helps all employees focus on the Six Sigma process; provides info and status reports on every project and shares best practices
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Examples of Strategic Business Applications of IT Examples of Strategic Business Applications of IT Becoming an Agile company We are changing from a competitive environment in which mass- market products and services were standardized, long-lived, info- poor and exchanged in one-time transactions, to an environment in  which companies compete globally with niche market products and  services that are individualized, short-lived, info-rich and exchanged  on an ongoing basis with customers’ An agile company … can make a profit in markets with broad product ranges and short model lifetimes, and can produce orders in arbitrary lot sizes … supports mass customization by offering individualized products while maintaining high volumes of production … depends heavily on Internet technologies to integrate and manage business processes, while providing the information processing power to treat masses of customers as individuals
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Examples of Strategic Business Applications of IT Examples of Strategic Business Applications of IT Becoming an Agile company Example: AVNET Marshall Marshall realized the customers, if given a choice,  wanted everything; products and services at the lowest  possible cost, highest possible quality, greatest possible  customization and fastest possible delivery time. At  the limit, this translates to the impossible goals of  “Free.Perfect.Now” AVNET Marshall’s extensive use of internet technologies for innovative internet, intranet and extranet e-commerce websites and services for its customers, suppliers and employees is a cornerstone of their IT and e-business strategies
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The Free.Perfect.Now business model developed by AVNET Marshall Perfect Free Now Accessibility Delivery time Customers’ time to market Anticipation of future needs Customization Conformance Cost of transaction Cost of value-added services
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