Sunday, February 28, 2010

Appropriate Technological Infrastructure

A good process to identify and match a company’s technological infrastructure to its organizational mission is determining how much your business relies on IT. For example, if you work for an organization whose mission is to strive for a better environment, like the World Wildlife Fund, you would research IT infrastructure that could be used by the organization to reduce its carbon footprint.

WWF Environmental Policy: “Good environmental practices in the way we work go hand in hand with our mission to protect the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. WWF strives to make the best choices to ensure that the activities we conduct in pursuit of our mission demonstrate care for the environment. To this end we are committed to examining our impacts on the environment and finding alternatives to improve on our performance. Exercising care and showing leadership to reduce our environmental impacts in the workplace are valuable assets in our efforts to promote environmental stewardship worldwide.”

A good process to match a company’s technological infrastructure to its e-business process is to make sure your company has the necessary technological components to maintain an e-business. This requires top management to invest in the newest technology to guarantee success. For example, something Amazon should look into is shipping their products within 24 hours, and this way they maintain a competitive edge over their other competitors.

A good process to match a company’s technological infrastructure to its operational needs is to make sure the space is big enough to handle the infrastructure it requires. An example of this would be a trading floor. In order for it to work, you need a large open space with multiple computers per person. Additionally, you need to have space for all the equipment needed to make everything operate.
Common errors include not investing in proper technology that result in system failures. Additional errors include companies refusing to invest in better technologies and rather remaining with the status quo. These types of errors can be avoided by having a management team that is aware of upcoming developments in new technology as well as keeping a close eye on competitors and seeing if they are doing anything different that you could benefit from.

~Until Next Time~


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