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IBM Systems Journal

Issue 1 • 1993

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  • Message from the IBM Vice President and General Manager, IBM Consulting Group

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s): 1
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  • Preface

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):2 - 3
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    Many companies are discovering that their competitive edge for the future is dependent on transforming their businesses in significant ways by taking widespread advantage of the power of information technology (UT) to support the transformation and future business at all levels. The methodology and framework for coordinating business strategy with information technology strategy is an emerging are... View full abstract»

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  • Information technology and the management difference: A fusion map

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):17 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    When every leading firm in an industry has access to the same information technology resource, the management difference determines competitive advantage or disadvantage. The management challenge is to make sure that business processes, people, and technology are meshed, instead of being dealt with as separate elements in planning and implementation. This paper presents a framework for senior exec... View full abstract»

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  • New competitive strategies: Challenges to organizations and information technology

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):40 - 64
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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    The old competitive strategies of invention and mass production no longer work in an increasingly turbulent business environment. Successful firms are implementing the new competitive strategies of continuous improvement (constant process improvement) and mass customization—a dynamic flow of goods and services via a stable set of processes. This paper provides a “lens” through... View full abstract»

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  • A new approach to business processes

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):80 - 98
    Cited by:  Papers (9)  |  Patents (8)
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    This paper presents a methodology for analyzing and designing the processes that an enterprise uses to conduct its business. The methodology builds upon traditional approaches to business process definition by adding the dimension of people's accountabilities: their roles, relationships, and agreements. The approach presented allows for unique insights into customer satisfaction, employee empowerm... View full abstract»

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  • Measuring the value of information: The information-intensive organization

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):99 - 110
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    This paper suggests that firms that successfully integrate an information technology (I/T) strategy with their business strategies do so by focusing on the information itself, rather than on technology, as the real carrier of value and source of competitive advantage. A primary mechanism by which a firm becomes an information-intensive firm is the implementation of a procedure for measuring the va... View full abstract»

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  • Strategic control in the extended enterprise

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):111 - 142
    Cited by:  Papers (19)  |  Patents (1)
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    The strategic role of information systems in “extending” the enterprise is examined. A number of issues emerge as essential considerations in the strategic alignment of the investment in information technology and business strategy. Information technologies transform organizational boundaries, interorganizational relations, and marketplace competitive and cooperative practice. The pa... View full abstract»

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  • Global business drivers: Aligning information technology to global business strategy

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):143 - 161
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    The alignment of worldwide computer-based information systems and integrated business strategies is critical to the success of multinational firms in a highly competitive global market. In this paper, information technology (I/T) solutions are explored that drive firms toward making economic decisions based on worldwide distributed knowledge. These solutions focus on a number of entities (or globa... View full abstract»

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  • Improving business and information strategy alignment: Learning from the banking industry

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):162 - 179
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    An empirical study that explored business and information strategy alignment in the information-intensive and competitive Australian banking industry is featured in this paper. The aim of the study was to identify organizational practices that contribute to and enhance such alignment. Multiple sources of information were used to collect data about business and information strategies from the major... View full abstract»

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  • Quantitative techniques in strategic alignment

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):180 - 197
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    There is increasing evidence in both the business and technical literature that the operations and strategy processes of many organizations have been aided materially by visualization and modeling techniques. Application of quantitative methods has progressed from relatively well-structured operations to the more speculative aspects of strategy and policy formation. In retrospect, however, the mos... View full abstract»

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  • Transforming the enterprise: The alignment of business and information technology strategies

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):198 - 221
    Cited by:  Papers (33)  |  Patents (2)
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    The strategic use of information technology (I/T) is now and has been a fundamental issue for every business. In essence, I/T can alter the basic nature of an industry. The effective and efficient utilization of information technology requires the alignment of the I/T strategies with the business strategies, something that was not done successfully in the past with traditional approaches. New meth... View full abstract»

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  • Books

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):222 - 227
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  • Strategic alignment: Leveraging information technology for transforming organizations

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):472 - 484
    Cited by:  Papers (189)
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    It is clear that even though information technology (I/T) has evolved from its traditional orientation of administrative support toward a more strategic role within an organization, there is still a glaring lack of fundamental frameworks within which to understand the potential of I/T for tomorrow's organizations. In this paper, we develop a model for conceptualizing and directing the emerging are... View full abstract»

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  • Beyond re-engineering: The three phases of business transformation

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):485 - 499
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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    New information-technology-based capabilities make it possible to achieve systematic and dramatic gains in business performance. Re-engineering offers one method to access these gains, but a broader process of business transformation explored in this paper can give enterprises a greater range of benefits. This three-phase transformation process starts with structured automation and re-engineering ... View full abstract»

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