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I am conducting research on Strategic Analysis and Selection of Information Systems using the attached two articles and need assistance in identifying the relationship between business strategy and IT strategy, identifying possible problems (if any) with strategy formulation, strategy implementation and/or problems with strategic process.

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Worthen, B. (2001). COLLABORATIVE COMPUTING and True Enterprise Architecture Is Still Two Years Away, Retrieved August 18, 2007 from: http://www.cio.com/archive/101501/nobody.html

Sawhney, M. (2002) B2B: Execution of the Concept Is Key to Success, Retrieved August 18, 2007 from: http://www.cio.com/archive/051502/netgains.html

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There is an intrinsic relationship between IT strategy and business strategy. When Jack Lowry is contemplating a manufacturing company where integrated, enterprise wide information systems reduce costs and cut cycle times, he is thinking in terms of an IT strategy that reduces the cost of production for a business. A business that wants to assume cost leadership and wants to gain competitive advantage by reducing its cost of production will adapt the IT strategy being contemplated by Lowry.

On the other hand Jack Lowry is also contemplating collaboration among different companies on product design and production specifications. For instance, three companies may collaborate on design and produce a unique product design. Or the product may be modified during the production process to meet the special needs of a customer. This is differentiation strategy. The business gains competitive advantage through a unique design of ...

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