Where do you have to go today?
You know the next decade will be a period of great opportunities and great risks. You read and hear that the Internet changes everything. But do you know what you're going to do about it? If you don't, you are not alone. "Keeping up with the pace of change" is now a strategic concern of over 90 % of IT managers.
ERP and "tops down management systems" are not enough anymore. Technologies have shifted from client/server to the Internet, from relatively rigid procedural configurations to object based workflow. Your e-commerce strategy will require more than unstructured talk about "Amazon.com, Dell, Cisco, DSL and Broadband". It will take time and can run into the millions of dollars if you are not careful.
VCs and IPOs can get funding for such large and apparently risky investments; but most of us are not "high rollers". Is it any surprise that a majority of IT and business executives have confessed "Constant change creates job stress"?
Technology is only one factor among many that has produced the current Business Environment. We need to understand it within the context of globalization, changes in financial markets, and trading blocks.
According to Heidrick & Struggles, only 15% of the CEO's of Fortune 500-equivalent companies in 1999 cited e-business as their highest priority, yet 48% believe downward price pressures on their products and services as their #1 priority. One can easily imagine the deflationary nightmare that haunts a CEO. He goes to work on Monday morning. The IT department is sitting idle and specific staff members may have a questionable role in the New Economy. ERP Implementations have lowered costs, not only for his company, but also for his competitors. New Procurement systems allow access to commodity products on a global scale (and how are the mainland Chinese going to price exports?). In addition, the Wall Street Journal focuses on the B2B and B2C market. Admittedly, the B2B and B2C markets were not as strong as predicted in 2000, but nonetheless, the B2B and B2C markets are predicted to steadily increase through 2005.
IT departments are under the spotlight and must reengineer and reconfigure themselves to meet the requirements for E-commerce and other systems. Market Strategists, Sales VP's, and users of CRM will depend on IT departments using current technology. A high ROI will not be delivered on wooden wheels.
The pace of change has been especially trying for IT departments in the Mid-Market with limited resources and limited time. OTP Software offers affordable prices for the talent and delivery that you need to help you succeed. We offer a variety of functional and technical services and solutions.