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Scenario:

A twenty year old company, SewWorld, comprised of six locations in three states, sells sewing machines, sewing related software, and accessories. Each store sells between 3-5 different brands of sewing machines. Currently the stores run independently with separate inventory databases, budgets, and expenses. Because the stores run independent inventory databases, their inventory information is sometimes inaccurate. This leads to a loss of customers who did not want to wait for a product and went elsewhere. Also, when stores share inventory, more times than not, the information is never entered into the independent databases. This results in one store showing a missing item while another store is showing in excess.

Each store has a manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of that store and is paid a portion of his/her store's profits. Though there are computers with inventory/sales programs, the managers must mail reports and back-up floppy disks to the corporate office each week to keep inventory, sales, payroll, and commission information up-to-date. Due to this process, some disks are lost in the mail, and inventory, sales, payroll, and commission information is slow to gather and inefficient.

The company sells some of the vendor's products online, but the high-end machines must be sold by a local authorized dealer because they require some amount of training and face-to-face support.

The owner of SewWorld has realized their information system and internal processes creates inaccuracy, loss, inefficiency, and diminished productivity. The owner has decided it's necessary for the success of SewWorldto transition to a professional management team. The owner has hired you to do an analysis regarding SewWorld's information systems and what needs to be done to compete. Your main goal is to bring the information systems' issues in-line. You're also open to accepting a full-time position with SewWorld if the need arises.

SewWorld's current infrastructure may be described as follows:
Each store is equipped with 2-6 microcomputers, used for running an off-the-shelf point of sale (POS) software or responding to e-mail.
All data is stored locally on the microcomputers themselves as no store owns a server.
Stores are not configured with a Local Area Network (LAN) nor are any stores interconnected by a Wide Area Network (WAN).
Each location has one dial-up Internet account and one e-mail address for the store manager.

ASSIGNMENT:

You're at a peer networking event, and talk turns to how technology has impacted the global business environment.
Research the reasons why organizations like sewworld invest in information technology.
Identify 3-5 online articles from the Library or from the internet that discuss how IT inventment allows organizations to remain competitive in changing market conditions.
Explain why you believe it would be important for SewWorld's leadership to read the articles you selected and
how it applies to their current situation.

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Impact of competitive strategy and information technology maturity on firms' strategic response to globalization
Karimi, Jahangir, Gupta, Yash P, Somers, Toni M. Journal of Management Information Systems. Armonk: Spring 1996. Vol. 12, Iss. 4; pg. 55, 34 pgs
Abstract (Summary)
Recently the globalization of competition has caused many firms in the financial services industry to integrate their information systems. Based on a selective review of literature from strategic information management disciplines, a model is developed to study the firms' strategic response to Europe 1992 and Canada-US Free Trade Agreements. According to a survey of 213 managers, it is found that competitive strategy, information technology maturity and size influence firms' perceived increase in IT investment. Further, it is found that the degree of IT integration within firms is a primary determinant of firms' willingness to use IT as part of their strategic response to globalization. It is suggested that the new competitive strategies will be increasingly technology-based global initiatives that are affected by the firms' IT maturity.
Software growth options
Alfred Taudes. Journal of Management Information Systems. Armonk: Summer 1998. Vol. 15, Iss. 1; pg. 165, 21 pgs

Abstract (Summary)
Today's business environment is characterized ...

Solution Summary

You're at a peer networking event, and talk turns to how technology has impacted the global business environment.
Research the reasons why organizations like sewworld invest in information technology.

Identify 3-5 online articles from the Library or from the internet that discuss how IT inventment allows organizations to remain competitive in changing market conditions.

Explain why you believe it would be important for SewWorld's leadership to read the articles you selected and
how it applies to their current situation.

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