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China Diversification Strategies and Options for Relocation
China’s economic and geopolitical ambitions have created political and business instability with its global trading partners. As a result, many western companies with manufacturing operations in China or significant sourcing from China are pursuing a diversification strategy. This report summarizes the factors that are driving western nations to diversify their operations out of China as well as options for new locations.
The Digital Transformation Journey: Lessons from a CIO’s Perspective Part Two: Approach to Your Digital Transformation Journey
Avasant’s The Digital Transformation Journey: Lessons from a CIO's Perspective Part Two: Approach to Your Digital Transformation Journey discusses key characteristics of a firm which can embark on a successful implementation of digital strategy and the steps required to do so, including optimal operational efficiency, customer service improvement, disruptive capability and more.
Building the Digital Enterprise: Taking Strategy to Action
Most organizations today have embarked on a digital path and are frantically putting together a strategy to thrive in the new digital economy. Avasant’s Building the Digital Enterprise: Taking Strategy to Action whitepaper discusses the digital ideal, digital value streams, what this means for organizations of the future and more.
The Economic and Strategic Benefits of Cloud Computing
Does SaaS save money? Based on our latest survey, we find organizations that have largely migrated to the cloud spend less on IT as a percentage of revenue and on a per-user basis. Savings come not only from a reduction in data center spending, but also from lower IT personnel costs. Moreover, because cloud-based systems reduce the effort needed for ongoing support, cloud adopters tend to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending to new initiatives. The cost savings, combined with strategic benefits in speed, scalability, and agility, argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud. (19 pp., 6 fig.) [Research Byte]
From VAR to Solution Provider: Five Strategies for Business Transformation
The traditional VAR business has become more challenging with declining product margins, increasing competition, and lower-cost alternatives to proprietary products. These pressures and others are forcing many VARs to grow their businesses from product sales to more comprehensive solutions built on a richer set of services and recurring revenue models. In this report, we outline five strategies for making the transformation from VAR to solution provider. (12 pp., 7 figs.) [Research Byte]
The Business Case for Linux Deployment
Linux has many advocates for use both in servers and on the desktop. The question arises, however, that in view of ongoing legal, financial, and technical controversies whether Linux is an effective enterprise-level strategy. Although there are a number of concerns in regard to Linux adoption, including legal challenges, return on investment, and the cost of ownership, many organizations find the economics of Linux to be positive. Click here to purchase. $95 (USD)
Developing a Technical Infrastructure Strategy
Developing a technical infrastructure or technical architecture strategy can be a daunting task, especially in light of new technology trends and directions and changing business requirements. However, a technical architecture strategy is a key component of an overall IT strategic plan and a critical component to proactive planning so that IT can meet the future needs of the business. Key drivers and components of a technical architecture strategy are outlined in this paper to assist IT leaders in this important process. Click here to purchase.
Using Technology to Create Value for the Enterprise
As IT budgets begin to increase more than they have over the past two to three years, CIO's are moving from a mode of holding budgets tight to one of identifying strategic opportunities for the enterprise, prioritizing projects, and proving a value proposition in a cost conscious environment.
Target Information Technology Toward High Returns
Successful IT managers have come to the realization that their systems must directly support the economic goals and business processes of their organizations. The only effective means to achieve this goal is to fully integrate IT strategies into those of the corporation. The measure of success of an IS department is the impact that information has on profits, which can only be assessed by quantifying the returns from investments in IT. Click here to purchase. - $195 (USD)
Does Your Business Need a Data Warehouse?
Business managers have long struggled to have the right information to make the right business decision at the right moment. In fact, many of todayâs household retail namesâStarbucks, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Home Depotâattribute their ability to understand customer behavior and respond quickly to changes in buying patterns to their data warehouse deployments. You canât get the global view of the business that you need to make decisions from transactional systems. Click here to purchase. - $195 (USD)
IT Equipment Disposal Costs Continue to Rise
Today, the sheer volume of used computer equipment that must be disposed of has made this a problematic issue--and one that has attracted upper management attention. As a result, the computer recycling business is booming and the price of using these services is on the upswing.