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    Scenario:

    The T&F Company sells CAD/CAM software applications to architectural and engineering firms in the United States through value-added resellers. The company has loyal customers, and is growing steadily. Recently, the growth rate has dropped. The Sales and Marketing Director believes if they don't adapt their business model into today's networked economy, their competitive edge will become weaker. T&F's goals are to increase the revenue growth rate and get into the international market. The CEO leads the steering committee, which is formed by T&F's department heads. You are the Director of the Technical Support Department. The company website consists of a company overview and listing of contact phone numbers.

    In this year's meeting on strategy, the steering committee completed a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). These are their findings:

    Strengths

    Loyal customers
    Strong reseller network
    Good products
    Focused management/staff
    Competitive product prices

    Weaknesses

    Has not utilized Internet technology
    T&F not well-known among prospective customers
    Drop in growth rate
    Profit margin is too small (company needs to reduce costs)

    Opportunities

    To create a web site to serve customers and promote the company
    To enter the international market
    To establish online sales as a new distribution channel

    Threats

    Other larger and more well-known competitors may enter T&F's targeted market segment
    Economic slowdown could reduce demand
    Competitors have utilized Internet to enhance customer relationships
    You see this SWOT as justification for developing and implementing an e-business strategy, but you know that the rest of the group is not as far along as you. Over the course of the next month or so, you will need to take the group's understanding of business strategy and business models, and help them integrate e-business. You also need to convey a sense of urgency, as one of the features of e-business is compression of time: research, production, and change.

    CAD/CAM software applications are T&F's products, and T&F's primary customers are architectural firms, engineering consultants, operating plants, and transportation engineering firms. Even though the most recently developed software packages have been welcomed by the customers, the customers would be saturated after purchasing two or three different products. It may be years before they are ready to purchase again. What is the best way for T&F to remain actively involved with its customers, even when those customers are not ready to make major purchases? The CEO believes that T&F should remain actively involved with its customers to keep them, especially in the current global e-commerce paradigm. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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    CAD/CAM software applications are T&F's products, and T&F's primary customers are architectural firms, engineering consultants, operating plants, and transportation engineering firms. Even though the most recently developed software packages have been welcomed by the customers, the customers would be saturated after purchasing two or three different products. It may be years before they are ready to purchase again. What is the best way for T&F to remain actively involved with its customers, even when those customers are not ready to make major purchases? The CEO believes that T&F should remain actively involved with its customers to keep them, especially in the current global e-commerce paradigm. Do you agree? Why or why not?

    T&F should remain actively involved with its customers to keep them, especially in the current global e-commerce paradigm. Do you agree?

    Yes, I agree with the CEO's belief that T&F should remain actively involved with its customers to keep them, especially in the current global e-commerce paradigm. This is because current customers have become more informed, more skeptical, and more demanding due to their increased experience, advancement of technology and education. Customers have higher expectations and standards. The Internet has led to less brand loyalty and increased information, choices, and product accessibility. Customers can easily comparison shop from their home. Consequently, companies must constantly review and update their strategies and customer service to meet these ever-changing requirements.

    Thus, the key for success in today's tumultuous marketplace is exceptional customer service as this allows an organization to prosper in this highly competitive marketplace. (Kotler, 2003) Thus the organization's objectives are to ensure it process quality products, that the customer is satisfied, and that it keeps the price at a level that is comfortable for the consumer.

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