application allows for remote access and as one could assume from its name is custom built for the company’s needs, but like MS Access would require bringing in additional support due to Kingo’s lack of knowledge.This option would be very costly, considering the custom build and the support that would be required to get it up and running. Google Docs is an extremely low cost option, with full access for businesses at only $5 monthly and the possibility of being up and running relatively quickly. In addition to this, Google Docs allows users to access/work in the same document simultaneously and distribution of emails is possible. Platform as a service is similar to Google docs, but a lot less cost effective, ranging anywhere from a total of $300 - $600 monthly in addition 2
to a potential $180 per hour fee for customization. ERP seems to be very expensive, totaling $12,000 for only 4 licenses and it is unclear if the services offered by ERP will solve the issues at Junk-Van. Based on the options, Google Docs is the option that is the most cost effective - sticking to cost leadership strategy at Junk-Van. However, Google Docs may not satisfy all of Kingo’s needs. Platform as a service may be the most cost effective option that would best satisfy Junk-Van’s needs. Kingo understands the need for the appropriate IT system that can assist his company in continuous growth. In an industry with tough competition and sensitive pricing, one must ensure that their business model, along with all its strategies, is up to par to avoid losing its place in the industry. Companies that are not future focused and constantly aware of its competition and the industry, as a whole, will likely lose its competitive advantage. Kingo is aware that his business model needs tweaking. He researched and came up with some options that can satisfy the needs of his company to regain competitive advantage. Part 2: Working as a virtual group poses its challenges. It can be hard to communicate easily and effectively. Conscious efforts must be made to satisfy requirements while still maintaining a sense of efficiency and peace of mind. Our team chose to accomplish this week’s assignment using email to communicate. One member of the team drew up a brief outline, dividing the assignment into smaller parts that can be worked on individually. Then, each one of us took a part to begin working on. The team works quite well together. Because virtual teams are working on assignments for a shared grade, there must be a common standard. As a group, we chose to use Google Docs as our digital teamwork tool. Google Docs is a highly effective tool to work successfully as group. Using Google Docs, all members of the group can work on the same file at the
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- Spring '17
- Rashmi Jain
- Management, Waste, Marcus Kingo