How IT can boost profits

In these articles from Butler Group, US technology guru Paul Strassman makes some controversial points about the contribution...

In these articles from Butler Group, US technology guru Paul Strassman makes some controversial points about the contribution made by IT to the overall profits of the enterprise, while Dr Jacques Hale, Butler Group's director of methods research, looks at the role of company values in creating the critical business concepts that underpin commercial strategy.

Strassman's piece, Transforming IT costs into profits, warns against looking for magic solutions when it comes to implementing IT in the struggle for competitive advantage. Too often IT spending takes the form of an "arms race" with companies driven by fears of what their rivals are up to, rather than generating new profitable activities through the use of technology.

Hale's piece, The information path from values to decisions, uses Butler Group's "diamond" model of the enterprise as a system to show the relationship between values and actions. From this he lays out the steps that must be taken by the enterprise to ensure that its information infrastructure can support an appropriate level of decision support.

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