CIS3345:
Management Information Systems

Summer, 2014

Chapter 2 References
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Site: http://www.tele.sunyit.edu/vo.html
  • What is a virtual corporation?
    This website gives you a very detailed description what a virtual company/corporation is and also provides examples of its structural organizations.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/value-chain/
  • How the value chain provides companies with a competitive advantage
    This site helped me understand the primary business processes which enhances the value chain of a firm which if utilized properly could provide a firm with a competitive advantage over their competitors.
  • The site is helpful because it explains the way the value chain is used. As well as the primary activities of the value chain. It also goes into detail on the support activities in which it also gives an analysis on the value chain. Its helpful because it explains all the steps necessary needed to have an effective value chain.
  • This article gives a simplified explanation as to what is a value chain. The article explains how the value chain intermixes with increasing a company’s profit margin and competitive advantage.
Site: http://www.managementhelp.org/plan_dec/str_plan/str_plan.htm#anchor4293653109
  • Strategic Planning (in nonnprofit or for-profit organizations)
    This website will help understand Chapter 2 more clearly since it gives a detailed description of what strategic planning is, along with its purposes and benefits, and guidelines on how to implement it.
  • The article I choose for my Chapter 2 reference deals with strategic planning which is a big part of a company’s success. In this article the author brings up a very good point, even though there is a blue print for how to plan, everything depends on who is running the company and the direction the company is going in. I completely agree with this statement due to not everyone run a business the same so it is true on how the planning is determined. Size also determines on how the strategic planning is determined. After reading this article, I realized that with a good strategic plan in place come many benefits that the business inherits. The benefit that catches my attention is that before the plan is set in stone, everyone’s opinion is taken into consideration. When everyone’s thought is involved the plan is truly meant to be the best for the company and all its employees. Most strategic planning is usually done at the beginning of the companies attend to establish presence in the market. But then again it just depends on where the company is and the need of planning. To stay on top of things it was recommended that planning is updated yearly. I agree with this because things and needs change very rapidly within the business world and for a company to continue to compete they need updates. This is a good point also, before every meeting all managers and supervisors need to find out what needs improvement and make sure everyone is aware of the situation. This allows everyone to voice their opinion and solve the problem as a team. I feel this is how business decisions should be solved. This is what I learned from this article and let me add that it was a very interesting article.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/generic.shtml
  • Cost Leadership Strategy
    This website explains more in full detail the term and other strategies
  • Porter argues that the power and strenght of an industry falls under two headings: Cost advantage and product differentiation. Industries which can implement one or both strategies have a relative competitive advantage over other industries. Porter also claims that these strategies are generic since they are not firm dependant.Know days there is a fierce competition in the market, factors such as globalization and economic downturns are some factors influencing competition so, companies today need to build a strong brand with unique qualities and at a lower cost than competitors.
Site: http://www.fba.nus.edu.sg/isworld/isw_sis.htm
  • Strategic information systems
    This web page is interesting because you can read articles and journals that talk about strategic information systems
Site: http://www.va-interactive.com/inbusiness/editorial/bizdev/ibt/tailorin.html
  • Maintaining an Agile Company
    This website helps a person understand how to maintain agile companies,what it takes to make them successful, and how innovative things can make the company more successful.
  • This internet adress tells about how to maintain an agile company
  • Agile companies are those that can make a profit in markets with broad product ranges and short model lifetimes. This article points out that in order to stay competitive in the ever-changing marketplace, companies must adapt to change. By following seven steps companies will be better equipped to meet the challenges in todays virtual world.
Site: http://www.tutor2u.net/business/strategy/competitive_advantage.htm
  • Gives definition of competitive advantage and gives examples of each of the four
    provides diagram to help summarize differences
Site: http://www.orsoc.org.uk/about/topic/projects/kmwebfiles/article3.htm
  • EXPLICIT AND TACIT KNOWLEDGE
    eplain the difference between explicit and tacit you can understand it much better
  • This article helps you understand the terms Explicit and Tactic Knowladge mean and explains with examples. According to the article, Explicit Knowledge involves practice and literature while Tactic Knowledge involves direct action end experience as management tools.
Site: http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/business-process-reengineering.html
  • Business Process Reengineering
    This article explains how business process reengineering (BPR) impacts an organization, how to implement a BPR project, and what tools are needed to support a BPR project.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_creation
  • Knowledge creation
    This encyclopedia website has an article on knowledge creation, on what it is and how it is used. There are discussion pages where you can see discussions on the topic by other people like professors and you can create one too, it is like a talk page.
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/sca_main.html
  • Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA)
    It basically talks about how a company can sustain their competitive advantage by doing radical innovation, systemic innovation, owning your competitive advantage. I really found this website interesting because not only gives you some ideas or help you but also it provides a mini-course.
  • This websites provides information for all types of competetive strategies as such as marketing leadership, economic preference and other strategies. it tells you how to perorm a good strategy in order to be a better competetor
  • Sustainable competitive advantage is the focal point of your corporate strategy. It allows the maintenance and improvement of your enterprise's competitive position in the market. If you're not fast you can't win. Speed is everything. It is the indispensable ingredient of competitiveness.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Management_information_systems
  • Wikipedia
    this is a very good web page because you can find any definiton for your assignmets
Site: http://www.inc.com/magazine/19951215/2660.html
  • How Information Technology Is Leveling the Playing Field
  • an article about information technology how is helping business compete
  • This article had interesting facts as well as discriptive information about the subject matter mentioned in class. It expresses how competetion within the IT field exists.
  • I found it helpful to learn IT can help level the playing field for small businesses to compete with larger corporations.
  • The link will take you to a very interesting article about information technology and its great advantages shows actual numbers and easy to understand examples.
  • Discusses how IT can allow even a small business to compete with industry giants through more efficient processes, as long as they are able to acquire good IT talent. Gives several examples.

 

Site: http://the-role-of-information-technology-in-business-communication.dygid.info/
  • the role of information technology in business communication
    Business communication has become an essential skill required for most businesses today and information technology not only helps you implement strategies to compete out in the market, but transfors the way we are communicating.
Site: http://jmis.bentley.edu/articles/v14_n2_p33/index.html
  • Competing in Information Intensive Services: Analyzing the Impact of Task Consolidation and Employee Empowerment
    the site is clear ans simple to use but the presentation is not good
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_hardware
  • From wikipedia
    Here is a brief description about computer hardware and the common objects known as "hardware"
Site: http://www.micro2000.co.uk/hardware_info.htm
  • PC Hardware
    This site breakes down in depth the basic computer hardware information. It includes descriptions and pictures if necessary.
Site: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/rbm/mauchly/jwmintro.html
  • John W. Mauchly and the Development of the ENIAC Computer
    This website has a good amount of information about the ENIAC and one of its principal inventors. The pictures are also interesting.
Site: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/rbm/mauchly/jwmintro.html
  • John W. Mauchly and the Development of the ENIAC Computer
    This website has a good amount of information about the ENIAC and one of its principal inventors. The pictures are also interesting.
Site: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bytes.htm
  • This website explains How stuff Works
    This websie is very useful in breaking down bits and bytes and helping someone to understand them better
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_ink_character_recognition
  • magnetic ink character recognition
    explains how MICR works and includes related sites
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_technology#History
  • History
    this cite gives you the history of when the first computer was developed
  • This site gave a detailed definition of "Information Technologies" and a lot of other useful references
  • this a link of wikipedia. it provides the reader the basic description of what information technology is. in my opinion it is very useful because i had trouble understanding the differences between information technology and computer information systems.the information is simple and very clear to understand.
Site: http://members.iinet.com.au/~dgreen/
  • The First Generation Computers
    I think it is a very interesting Website it followed what was said in lecture. It provides great pictures of computers. It has lots of information and is looking for anyone has would like to comment
Site: http://www.buildyourown.org.uk/
  • this is a web site were people can learn how to build a PC
    this is a very interesting page for people who is not to familiarize with computers and all other hardwares
Site: http://www.rpi.edu/~eglash/eglash.dir/hit.dir/w1t1.htm
  • It has many characteristics of the Information Technology.
Site:  http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2542,t=virtual+company&i=53904,00.asp
  • Gives a broad definition about virtual company
Site: http://siepr.stanford.edu/papers/pdf/99-7.pdf
  • Very in depth and large thesis on IT competition. Seems like a thesis. Very informative and lon reading
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value_chain
  • This is a concise article defining this important business system function.
  • This is a good web page to clarify any questions you may have about Knowledge Management.

  • It gave me a good definition of what a strategic IS is. I just think that wikipedia is the best because i can find any definition.

  • It provides background information about innovation and states different styles of innovation

  • The motherboard is the heart of the computer, through wich all other components interface.

  • the website effectively explains the concept of the value chain but also explains the concept of the supply chain

  • Explained very detailed, graph example.

  • its amazing how businesses use and prosper from competitiveness

  • Gives various information on "information technology". Also gives other references about the subject.

  • This website contains major developments of how computing hardware came to b,with history all the way back to the 1800 hundreds

  • Is a good website to get a feel for what knowledge management is. Goes over the context, schools of thought ,drivers , technology, and reasons for success and failures of knowledge management.

  • This page provides you with the meaning of Strategic information system. It also gives you examples of SIS, and how is implented.

  • this is a detailed website describing what is a hardware you can visit this website in irder to get a complete understanding about the subject

  • easy to answer any question you can have

  • Describes the value chain and the value reference model.

Site: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/94/open_change-or-die.html
  • The article explains the need for companies to change their old technology or be faced with better competition from competitors affecting their profits which may cause them to go out of business.
Site: http://www.netmba.com/strategy/value-chain/
  • it explains clearly what a value chain system is.
  • This website provides a good breakdown and analysis of what a Value Chain is and how it works
  • This site has very good information.
  • This site gives a detailed outline of the term value chain.
  • Helps understand the Value Chain and how a firm creates a competitive advantage by implementing it. The site can be a little un-interactive and monotonous.
  • This website gives an analysis of the value chain, comments on competitive advantage, the primary value chain activites and outsourcing value chain activities.
Site: http://faculty.uml.edu/dlewis/63.301/chapter12a.htm
  • gives other examples of how business can keep the advantage
Site: http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=14316
  • This site talks about how information technology is impacting competition in businesses and what obstacles these will face.
Site: http://www.strategysoftware.com/
  • This website shows that there are companies that are profiting from giving a business a competitive management system. Something that many companies need to keep their competitive advantage (or get one).
Site: http://history.sandiego.edu/GEN/recording/computer1.html
  • This site gives a good timeline of the evolution of the computer and many photos of some of the early technology.
Site: http://www.cxotoday.com
  • Enterprise Data Fabric (EDF), has teamed up with Intel and IBM to launch the GemCache Data Transaction system.It was able to support latency of less than 1 millisecond (987 msec) at 6000 orders per second. very fast. it is a goo system.
Site: http://www.inc.com/magazine/19951215/2647.html
  • I liked this article because it gave me a good understanding of how virtual companies are realized. It provided detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to create a virtual company.
  • Gives interesting information and good steps to create a virtual company.
  • This was a really good article to help give insight into virtual companies and how they work
  • here you can find important information about how the create a virtual company and we can note the high relationship with information technology.
Site: http://viu.eng.rpi.edu/publications/strpaper.pdf
  • To me it looks like a research paper. It is in a PDF format and very long. The paper contain detailed information on Strategic Infomation system planning and other useful, knowledgable diagrams.
  • Back ground description on how the system started and how it is helpful in the workplace
Site: http://www.teenanalyst.com/general/compadvantages.html
  • I like the fact that it list areas a company can work on in order to remain successful aswell as cost effective etc. and the fact that it list other websites one can look at for more detail.
Site: http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/columnist/abrams/2007-08-10-virtual_N.htm
  • This article talks about how virtual company strategies (VCS) help small businesses. It also talks about how you optimize your time when you are apart a VCS. You can work on your strength, while others work on their strengths and together the build a better product.
Site: http://directory.leadmaverick.com/BHNET-Software-Solutions/RANCHO.SANTA.MARGARITA/CA/10/126/index.aspx
  • This site provides some useful knowledge on Virtual Companies
Site: http://www.masetllc.com/products/421.shtml
  • This site is very help, as it explains in detail what it is information systems does for a company and especially strategic planning on the information systems side.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • Good Website. Great detail including a visual as well as suggested readings for those who want more.
  • Discusses the pros and cons of gaining a competitive advantage.
  • This webpage explain with very good details the definition of competitive advantage, resources and capabilities, cost and diferentiation advantage. it shows also the model of competitive advantage.
  • on this web page you will find a model that shows you how to broad or narrow a market segment
  • It has a diagram, that explains a model of competitive advantage.
Site: http://www.globalvaluechains.org/concepts.html
  • This website defines Value Chains and also explains how Value Chains are going Global and the many different types of Global Value chains. It also goes on to explain why they are important in the World Market.
  • This is a website that explains what value chains are, what global value chains are, and how and why they are important. It's very informative, it has various resources like a user community, news and events section, publications regarding value chains, and a data base of researchers.
Site: http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/
  • Technology Review is published by MIT, contains articles regarding technology and new inovative products.
Site: http://home1.gte.net/pfingar/agents_doc_rev4.htm
  • This article talks about the network as the real business! Also about the importance of agent technology in several industries, especially defense, telecommunications, and manufacturing, as well as standards bodies such as the Object Management Group.
Site: http://www.sticky-marketing.net/glossary/cost_leadership.htm
  • Cost Leadership: defined by the Sticky-Marketing.com monthly magazine
Site: http://www.valuechains.org/valuechain.html
  • This article has a very good example of the concept of value chain which is a midsize truck that it is used for efficient transportation and distribution systems that are key to how well any food or fiber value chain operates.
  • Website offers definition of value chains and information on actual value chains.
Site: http://www.answers.com/Strategic%20Information%20Systems
  • A quick description from answers.com on what a Strategic Information System is.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • Identifies two basic types of competitive advantage which is cost advantage and differentiation advantage
  • This web page shows a table about some strategies and also give us an information about some terms in our lecture slides
  • This website talks about how you can use cost leadership strategy to be successful in the area of strategic management in this competitive businessworld.
  • This site provides an indepth definition of competitive advantage.
Site: http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/3474105-1.html
  • A two minute video on what is a virtual company
Site:  http://www.managementhelp.org/plan_dec/str_plan/str_plan.htm#anchor4293653109
  • This site talks about the importance of strategic planning including details about who should be involved, how to do it, and how to ensure its effective implementation.
Site: http://viu.eng.rpi.edu/publications/strpaper.pdf
  • Speaks about how Strategig plannig changes to adapt to new demands in the market.
Site: http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/SOS/StratISTh.html
  • Speaks about hte evolution of strategc information systems in the market and how are the processes created and made.
  • A lot of information about SIS although very scholarly and hard to understand sometimes.
  • It is a long paper which covers many different points, including many we cover during the first part of chapter 2
  • This site is very informative and shows how dynamic Strategic Information Systems are. The tables and graphs show the various ways to interpret a Strategic Information System. This site is long but interesting.
Site: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/525447/description#description
  • This topic involves information about management, business, and organizational issues to get an strategic tool used in global and cross-cultural issues.
  • This site advertises the a journal that explains the impact of strategic information systems on society and business
  • On this site you can find some information about The Journal of Strategic Information Systems is planning the following Special Issues...
Site:  http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/cisco_systems_inc/index.html
  • This website brifley describes what CISCO is. It also gives information about the stock price among other interesting subjects about CISCO.
Site: http://www.inc.com/magazine/19951215/2647.html
  • A CIO of a company tells and explains the steps to become a virtual company
Site: http://www.cheshirehenbury.com/ebusiness/ebdefinitions.html
  • It has a listing of possible relationships with customers and meanings with basic examples.
Site: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Is-Yahoos-Rosy-Forecast-an-Invitation-for-Higher-Microsoft-Bid-62180.htm
  • this article talks about how yahoo is a very important e-commerce and its relationship to microsoft
Site: http://www.ecommerce-guide.com/essentials/shopping_carts/
  • its important the e-commerce is lower ther prices to better assit smaller companies..which is good for smaller businesses because its cheaper...so more small businesses will use it
Site: http://www.managementhelp.org/infomgnt/e_cmmrce/e_cmmrce.htm#anchor1167431
  • a how-to start an e-business. its a good background to showing what it is made of.
Site: http://www.iec.org/online/tutorials/acrobat/e_commerce.pdf
  • Electronic commerce is an emerging model of new selling and merchandising tools in which buyers are able to participate in all phases.
Site:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-commerce
  • its gives you the basic information you need in other to understand what e-commerce is and does.
Site: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid182_gci212029,00.html
  • Definition of e-commerce
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_commerce
  • Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce or eCommerce this website provides a wide history on web development
Site: http://www.pmel.org/EC-Glossary.htm
  • the website contains useful glossary for electronics Commerce terms. It's really easy to use and should be very helpful for research purposes.
Site:  http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/e/electronic_commerce.html
  • it gives you a brief defenition of what e commerce is.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Funds_Transfer
  • Information on Electronic Funds Transfer
Site: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid182_gci212029,00.html
 
  • provides a brief description of what e-commerce is and is complements.
Site: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/infomediary.html
  • website gives practical definition to term.
Site: http://www.dynamicintegration.net/e-commerce.aspx
  • I liked this article because it provided a good definition of E-Commerce and provided detailed information of all of the factors related to E-Commerce that contribute to an organization's success.
Site: http://www.suite101.com/articles.cfm/electronic_commerce
  • Provides different articles on Electronic Commerce Systems
Site: http://www.webpaymentsystems.com/
  • This page gives different kind of ways you can use web payment. It provides links with information to make payments.
Site: http://www.export.gov/sellingonline/whatisecommerce.asp
  • Provides an overview of e-commerce and the different section it can be divided into.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_commerce
  • A great description from wiki on Electronic Commerce and what it is. A very detailed description of the history and forms of E-commerce along with sources.
Site: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/?welcome=1206076587
  • This is a great site. It provides news and information dealing with recent events in regards to e-commerce.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_commerce
  • I like this because of the time line describing how E Commerce began and also some interesting information about taxation of this kind of exchange
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_electronic_transaction
  • Secure Electronic Transaction protocol is discussed in this wikipedia entry which relates to Secure Electronic Payments.
Site:  http://www.networkcomputing.com/904/904f2.html
  • This website goes into detail about the B2B e-commerce. It explains it exactly what it is. Pretty informative.
Site:  http://www.wordspy.com/words/infomediary.asp
  • This is a good defintion of this term
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_commerce
  • The site is simple and gives you a quick glance at what e-commerce is.
Site: www.webopedia.com
  • Check the e-commerce term in this site. I found it very understandable!
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business-to-consumer
  • The page offers a definition of B2C and further gives explanations of the different models of B2C commerce.
Site: http://www.revenue.state.il.us/ElectronicServices/eft.htm
  • I FOUND THIS WEBSITE INTERESTING SINCE IT SHOWS HOW THE STATE OF ILLINOIS USES THE EFT TO BE ABLE TO PAY THERE TAXES OR GET REFUNDS BACK
Site:  http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itgic/1097/ijge/ijge1097.htm
  • lots of links about this topic and good quotes
Site: http://knowledgeway.org/living/electronic_commerce/
  • This page shows descriptions of electronic commerce
Site: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/ruleroad.shtm
  • Rules and guidelines that protect businesses and consumers - and help maintain the credibility of the Internet as an advertising medium. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has prepared this guide to give you an overview of some of the laws it enforces.
Site: http://wdvl.internet.com/Internet/Commerce/
  • An overview of the impact e-commerce has made on modern-day businesses.
Site: http://knowledgeway.org/living/electronic_commerce/
  • This site gives you a very good description about how electronic commerce works.
Site: http://jmis.bentley.edu/articles/v21_n2_p5/index.html
  • It provides new methodologies that are motivated by methods of finance that structute the analysis if financial assests. It explores the problems that occur with interorganizational information sharing.
Site: http://www.sisg.com/home.html
  • I found this web site to be really reliable with Information Systems Help for leading business competitors companies can come and seek help on this website to help innovate their business information systems technology. 
  • Strategic Information Services Group provides industry-focused services that range from planning the future to planning today and seeing it through.
  • This website gives a lot of information about the strategic informations group and what they are about
Site: http://wiki.ittoolbox.com/index.php/Strategic_Information_System
  • The website is very informative in explaining the key features of a strategic information system such as Decision support systems and enterprise research planning.
Site: http://search.techrepublic.com.com/search/competitive+advantage+and+information+technology+and+management.html
  • Contains a wide array of papers discussing the importance IT plays in helping a business succeed. Registration is required but is free.
Site: http://tutor2u.net/business/strategy/competitive_advantage.htm
  • There are four focuses in strategy competitive advantage: differentiation focus, differentiation, cost focus, and cost leadership. A company must use one or a combination of these focus to penetrate the market industry.
  • This is a good website because it gives a good description as to how businesses now days are competing amongst each other, as well as what strategies they are using and focusing on.
  • gives you some more details about competitive advantage and even gives you a diagram about it.
  • This is a site which describes the strategy of competitive advantage
  • you can search the site for many times of informative topics. gives you information, diagrams, and a helps you understand what it is
  • With retrospect to competitive advantage, I paid closer attention to a deeper segment of it called strategy differentation focus. Mainly, it means for a business to focus on one or a small number of target markets when conducting business. I think that is really important.
  • This website is very convenient because it gives a full explanation of what competitive advantage is and its strategy which defines all 4 differentiation focus, differentiation, cost leadership
Site: http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/SOS/StratISTh
  • This paper discusses the path of development of strategic information systems theory. There are a lot of diagrams relating the factors that affect company IT strategies.
Site:  http://www.bizine.com/edge.htm
  • I really like this article, the author explains how important it is for managers and owners of businesses to regard customer service as their number one priority for success. If good customer service is ignored a businees will stand to lose its competetive edge in the long run and in the end will fail.
Site: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef0755.htm
  • This web site has to do with making the work place more efficient and over all better. This website display the work methods from other countries that could help broaden our outlook in the work place... (I think)
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/innovation_system.html
  • This web site exaplains us with a flow chart the importance of innovation systems, and how it is important for any company to gow.
Site: http://mootee.typepad.com/innovation_playground/competitive_strategy/index.html
  • This article is an example of the competitive strategy called Innovation. Dell is trying to come up with a new idea of distribution of their products that would save costs and increase quality service to customers. Dell plans to deliver its products directy to the customers eliminating a distribution channel, they think this would innovate their image and attract more costumers.
Site: http://www.istheory.yorku.ca/competitivestrategy.htm
  • very informative and detailed on the main purposes of competitive strategies with respect to Information Systems
Site: http://wiki.ittoolbox.com/index.php/Strategic_Information_System
  • Decision support systems that enable to develop a strategic approach to align Information Systems (IS) or Information Technologies (IT) with an organization's business strategies

Site: http://www.cda-adc.ca/_files/cda/news_events/media/dentistry_news/2005/pdfs/article_01MarAprComm.pdf
  • This site contrasted two of the five different competitive strategies. I found this article to be interesting.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • This site gave me insite on competitive advantage and some questions to ask yourself in order to create a competitive advantage for your business.
  • This website provides a clear definition of Competitive Advantage, Michael Porter's two types of competitive advantage, it provides a model of comp. adv., and its resouces/capabilties.
Site: http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/01/01/6-secrets-to-running-a-virtual-company/
  • It’s inspiring to see someone make a business work and also empower employees to live a lifestyle that doesn’t kill their relationships with family and friends.
Site: http://wiki.ittoolbox.com/index.php/Strategic_Information_System
  • The site basically states that SIS helps companies in todays workplace find advantages. The site emphazised the five competitive forces of model Porter, however they find the sixth factor would be government.
Site: http://www.hotel-online.com/News/PR2005_4th/Dec05_FreqFlyer.html
  • The site offers an interesting perspective on American Airline's frequent flyer program and how it became a model for others in the airline industry. I found it intriguing because I had assumed that Southwest airlines was the first to offer a loyalty program using a system to track clients' flying habits and frequency. The article also lists the advantages and disadvantages of using such a information program and how it can evolve.
Site: http://www.technologyreview.com/corp/rss.aspx
  • It is very important for business to be competitive and look for differentiation , and one way of doing it is by using innovative technology. This web page is designed to introduce and present the latest technology available for business.
  • This site introduce the latest technology available anr related to business biomedicine, materials,energy, comunications, web, and computing. is an interesting web site.
Site: http://wiki.ittoolbox.com/index.php/Strategic_Information_System
  • It's a pretty simple description and easy to follow, also it contains key features so the reader can gather info. with small amount of effort to read.
Site:  http://www.alagse.com/strategy/s10.php
  • Shows how to develop a low cost leadership strategy through positioning, supplier and partner relationships, and knowing your customers.
Site: http://www.valuebasedmanagement.net/methods_porter_five_forces.html
  • This site is not limited to the competitve forces although it does an excellent job at explaining this model. This site has an index format (with links) that exhibit multiple management models, management methods, and management theories. Interesting in depth coverage of management principles.
Site: http://www.viterbo.edu/personalpages/Staff/MFranz/chap2_fast/index.htm
  • Could be considered an aid in fully understanding information systems and how it is used to be competative.
Site: http://www.competing.com/
  • This website talks about the company that created war games and simulations to help businesses practice strategize with senerious that they could incounter with their business. This website was a bit fun and it lets you play with different simulations without the fear of screwing up in the real business world.
Site: http://www.questia.com/googleScholar.qst;jsessionid=LQCJpVJly74vg4Y4HvqJv93bql0G26nJGn46hP4WyfbhQqhlRT9Y!1020558451?docId=5000382419
  • It was interesting to find out about an example of an industry that is struggling to maintain a successful competitive strategy. I liked having a different insight on not only knowing about the industries with successful competitive strategis because I feel that showing the good and bad side of things can create better learning. Although I liked the idea of the article and agree with what it says, I didn't like how it had a lack of detail and information. I was dissapointed that the article lacked explanations.
Site: http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/SOS/StratISTh.html
  • This website provides a history into the evolution of Strategic IS. There is a great deal of information (perhaps too much information) and it is highly pertinent to the lecture on Chapter 2.
  • This website gives you an insight on how IS came to be. It talks about the origins and gives a well explanation of the the theory.
  • This site is a paper written, outlining the purpose of strategic information systems. The process whereby strategic information systems are created or identified is then examined.
  • Paper outlining the theory of Strategic information systems theory, very interesting when he gets into the history of the SIS
Site: http://www.scribd.com/doc/396821/Competing-with-Information-Technology
  • This paper gives information on the different techniques that can be followed to produce a good quality business. It also provides basic strategies in business use of information technology.
  • very good outline about the subject and form
  • This gives a more detailed summary of what IT is and how it is used in the business world in order to compete and gain competitive advantages.
  • I thought it did a great job describing how businesses can use I.T as a competitive advantage.
  • It shows a different way to understand the lecture on this chapter. It kind of summarizes some topics.
  • It's a reading from a book about this subject and shows footnotes about it as well. informative i would say.
Site: http://dictionary.bnet.com/definition/strategic+information+systems.html
  • gives the buisness view of IS
  • This explains a little about strategic information systems
Site: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/stories/2002/02/18/focus2.html?page=1
  • It is a very good article. It gives examples of how banks are using IT as strategy to compete in the market.
Site: http://www.12manage.com/methods_porter_competitive_advantage.html
  • Explains and illustrates all the parts of competitive advantage
  • This site is useful because it breaks up and defines the basic types of competitive advantage such as cost leadership, differentiation, and focus.
  • competetive strategy within various generic industry environments
Site: http://blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com/2007/09/virtual-companies-long-distance.html
  • This text describes Virtual Companies as cutting edge and provides information about employees. It allows you to consider that the employees are all over the world and describes how to manage them and treat them.
Site:  http://www.themanager.org/Models/p5f.htm
  • The article explained who came up with the 5 competitive forces and what each are and mean. There are a lot of good points made which I benefited from. Very to the point and easy to understand.
Site:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/396821/Competing-with-Information-Technology
  • It is very helpfull in understanding the different uses and advantages of Information Technology
Site: http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/SOS/StratISTh.html
  • This website gives good information and gives you an outline of competitive strategies. Technology plays a very important roll in business strategy and is the actual tool for success.
Site: https://tutor2u.net/business/strategy/competitive_advantage.htm
  • practical and functional.
Site: http://viu.eng.rpi.edu/publications/strpaper.pdf
  • This document provided a thorough definition of strategic information sysytems. Furthermore, it emphasiezed on how strategic information systems plays an important role in management and economic decisions.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • This website describes in detail and has some examples of what "competitive advantage" is in an industry. I was having trouble understanding the differnece between advantage and necessity but this article made it clear.
Site:  http://www.inc.com/magazine/19951215/2660.html
  • By this article we can declare that information technology has made large business much easier. In fact, now in days information technology is not so expensive and it helps entrepreneurs have the latest news.
  • The article gives testimonies of how small businesses stay competitive and deal with challenges using information technology
  • Describes the impact of IT (although it is a little dated).
Site:  http://www.inc.com/magazine/19951215/2660.html
  • By this article we can declare that information technology has made large business much easier. In fact, now in days information technology is not so expensive and it helps entrepreneurs have the latest news.
Site: http://www.umsl.edu/~joshik/msis480/chapt03.htm
  • In this particular site it explained and informed me what competition in information systems is all about. It was very similar to the notes from class. I developed a better understanding of competition after reading the site.
  • Very long website. Seems to be a long summary on this topic, but is not attractive at all.
Site: www.ebrc.fi/kuvat/Makipaa_paper.pdf
  • long and boring, you'll like it if your a computer geek though.
Site: http://it.toolbox.com/wiki/index.php/Strategic_Information_System
  • This is a helpful website because it gives a brief description of Strategic Information Systems and gives 4 key features of them.
  • This has a long definition of SIS. It also has some great links.
  • This site goes into greater detail about Strategic Information System and explains how it is applied in businesses.
  • Gives a detailed definition of strategic information systems
  • it gives a very general description of an strategic information system, if you don't know what it is this can help you because it's very easy to understand
  • This webpage teaches you what a strategic information system is and how it works in an organization. It also shows how stragetic information systems are utilized and its key features
Site: http://www.monografias.com/trabajos7/chaof/chaof.shtml?relacionados
  • This is a good investigation about strategic information systems. It mentions Porter's competitive advantage and Wiseman's strategic perspective view. It has very good information
  • Strategic systems and information systems were created in response to corporate initiative and innovation for a company to succeed globally and give it a competitive advantage.
  • this article contained the definition of strategic IS and how it is used. it influences market share and brings in new products and markets in ways to improve a business. this article also explained different ideas of apostles such as Porter,Wiseman,McFarian, and Parson.
  • This a complete information about the characterization of each type of information system and the use for each one in the business initiative.
  • I think that this page is useful because it has inportant characteristics such as: overview,General Definition, porter’s competitive Advantage and strategic perspective view. Some of the more common ways of thinking about gaining competitive advantage are: Deliver a product or a service at a lower cost. Deliver a product or service that us differentiated. Focus on a specific market segment. Innovation.
Site: http://www.netmba.com/strategy/value-chain/
  • This site discussed Porter's Model of the value chain different from our notes. The charts to follow were different, but the site goes into great detail of the value chain. It goes into value chain activities and the technology of value chains. Very informative site.
  • Very good. I can see in a very clear and easy to understand map what Dr Kirs was explaining to us this morning and the relation between IS and Value chain.
  • Well-organize website, with specific concepts and explanations.
Site:  http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/speeches/3924.htm
  • If a Merger Lowers Prices to Suppliers, Don't Consumers Necessarily Benefit? Now turn from suppliers and consider the effect on consumers who purchase the merging firms' product. (For simplicity, suppose that the purchasers are final consumers rather than intermediaries.) The belief that consumers must benefit if a merger lowers input price can be wrong for two reasons: (a) the merger may have no effect whatsoever on the output market; (b) if there is an effect, its direction depends on why the input price declines -- efficiencies or monopsony. Buying power but no effect on output market. First, the merged firm may possess significant power over the input market but have little or no impact on the output market (the limiting case is that of a "price taker"); if so, consumers are not significantly affected -- positively or negatively -- regardless of what the firm does post merger in the input market
Site:  http://www.netmba.com/strategy/value-chain/
  • The information on how once you have a defined value chain you can alter it to have cost advantage was interesting. With this they are trying to create a larger profit margin because the customer or client wuld be willing to pay more than the cost to produce.
Site: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=05000US48141&_geoContext=&_street=&_county=el+paso&_cityTown=el+paso&_state=04000US48&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=
  • After learning that UNIVAC was sold first to the U.S. Census Department i decided to research why this was so. This website holds abstract detailed information demographically about every city or county in the nation. I can see why a computer was extremely helpful storing all of this data.
Site: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bytes.htm
  • This is a very complete article explaining what and how bits and bytes work, with good examples that people can understand. The article is divided into 6 parts and introduction about bits and bytes, the base 2 system and 8-bit system, the standard character ASCII character set, Byte Prefixes and Binary Math, and the last two sections gives you links to other articles with more information.
Site: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/fundamental/03/040903.asp
  • It discusses what competitive advantage is, what it looks like, and how to spot it.
Site: http://www.aarp.org/research/utilities/phone/inb147_wireless.html
  • Informative articles with a lot of relevant information. Article on Switching Costs in the wireless telephone market was great. Watch out for built in strategic switching costs by your phone carrier.
Site: http://0-search.ebscohost.com.lib.utep.edu:80/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cph&AN=25296989&site=ehost-live&scope=site
  • This article talks about the role of IT in Businesses nowadays and how things have changed over a decade regarding competitive advantage and whether or not IT STILL is part of a strategic role of a Company.
Site: http://www.managementhelp.org/plan_dec/str_plan/str_plan.htm#anchor4293653109
  • This website talks about the first time user of strategic planning and encourages follow ups.
  • The website explains what is meant with strategic planning. Strategic planning determines the direction that the organization is heading to, how is the organization going to get there, and how to know if the goal has been achieved. It also explains the differences between strategic planning and business planning. Strategic planning refers to the organization as a whole, and business planning focus on a specific product, service or program.
Site: http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA370843&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf
  • The article is a great look at how the Navy struggles without a strategic plan. It looks into the benefits of taking civilian uses of S.I.S. and applying them to D.O.D. projects.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/value-chain/
  • It's about how the firm has specific activites to create a competitive advantage, that are detailed in the Value Chain.
  • This site was very useful in explaining The Value Chain in more detail. Good source of information!
  • To analyze the specific activities in which firms can gain competitive advantage.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • This is a very simple, but descriptive website. It explains very well what competative advantage is and how good it is for industries to have it. I recommened this webpage to fully understand competitive advantage.
  • Cometitive Advantage involves businesses that compete benifits with other firms, but provide a cheaper value, it also enables the firm to create superior value for the customer and for the superiors itself.
Site: http://www.isixsigma.com/offsite.asp?A=Fr&Url=http://www.prosci.com/w_0.htm
  • "Once People Have Chosen a Set of Purposes Based on Ideals and Accepted Responsibility for the Task of Planning, They Can Grow and Contribute to the Well-Being of Their System." (Quote taken directly from text, Sums it all up.)
Site: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid182_gci536451,00.html
  • This website gives a great definition of what Business Process Reengineering means, and also suggests us seven principles of reengineering to streamline the work process and thereby achieve significant levels of improvement in quality, time management, and cost.
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/competing_strategy.html
  • At first I thought you had to buy something, but you don't and the site is totally cool! I thought it was really neat and it's very colorful.
  • Broke down each strategy into its own page
  • This link is very interestin, because it has information about: - How to win a leadership position -Winning and Retaining Customers -Building Your Competitive Advantage -Your Competitive Strategy -Two Basic Competitive Strategies -4 Entrepreneurial Strategies -Competition Through Innovation -The Four Skills of an Effective Competitor
  • This website is useful in the way it describes different types of competetive strategies, and it also has examples of different strategies that successful companies are implementing today.
  • it gives you an image and a comparison about using competitive strategies in the market. diferent strageties if you want only to survive or if you wanna be the market leader
Site: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/competitive_advantage.asp
  • if you want to know in detail the definition of competitive advantage, or you want it in financial terms, investopidia is a nice website that would help you with that.
  • Competitive advantages give a company an edge over its rivals and an ability to generate greater value for the firm and its shareholders.
Site: http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2006/10/01/consider-a-virtual-company-to-get-a-flexible-work-life/
  • It is about how can everyone can start its own virtual company, it explains how to do it and also gives some reasons to do so.
Site: http://articles.latimes.com/2008/mar/08/business/fi-walmart8
  • This site talks about how Walmart reached out and made alliances with different Latin American farmers and agriculture groups to help them stock their shelves and diversify their products. It is clear that Walmart practices cost leadership, product differentiation, growth, and making alliances after reading this article.
Site: http://www.nelligan.ca/e/pdf/StrategicAlliances.pdf
  • This site advocates alliances, like Walmart and Proctor & Gamble...but, I wonder how you can know who to trust?
Site: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/consumer/bills/article.html?in_article_id=422983&in_page_id=&ito=1565
  • This article portrays how energy firms applied the locking in customer concept to prevent customers from switching to another energy company. Energy firms make customers sign contracts stating the they cannot leave during the duration of the contract.
Site: http://www.strassmann.com/pubs/valuekc/
  • Nice article
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/differentiation_strategy.html
  • If you are looking for basics on differentiation strategies, then this is a good site. On the other hand, it does not give a great deal of detail.
  • Good clear definitions and examples.
  • The article explains the importance of developing new ways of differentiating products from competitors and how to accomplish it.
Site: http://www.ist-world.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectId=b7a05663400844b1ab9201f985a1d1ae
  • This website talks about a project called The OSMOS, which is an Inter enterprise Information System that will enhance the capabilities of construction enterprises, including SMEs, to act and collaborate effectively on projects by setting up and promoting value-added Internet-based flexible services that support team work in the dynamic networks of the construction industry. It is designed to Specify Internet-based services allowing the co-ordination of interactions between individuals and teams in a Construction virtual enterprise.
Site: http://www.sisg.com/technology.php
  • This website explains to you a strategic information systems are. It lets you know about how the technology is used in the systems. for example it tells you how technology shouldn’t be looking for a business problem to solve; the business problem needs the best-suited technology.
  • SISG consultants, work closely with business,analyzing the business needs and identifying technology that will enable client's business to move quickly and diligently to stay ahead of the competition and be leaders in their market.
Site: http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/channelView.do?pageTypeId=8203&channelPage=/ep/channel/gsaOverview.jsp&channelId=-13106
  • I search many web pages looking for a easy to read and understand webpage about information technology and its strategies and I found this web that looks better than the others and it has very interesting points.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/value-chain/
  • This website gives an understanding of the value chain. It tells you what the value chain is, and in more detail whet each part of the value chain is/does. For example, on the section of Marketing & Sales is about how you market the product to entise consumers to buy the products.
Site: http://www.flint.umich.edu/~weli/courses/bus181/notes/chap2.html
  • This website explains how organizations can use information systemsto enhance quality in their operations, products, and services. It also describes the five competitive forces that shape the structure of competition in its industry. It is a very interesting website.
Site: http://www.inc.com/magazine/19951215/2647.html
  • Interesting page that explains 8 steps to become a Virtual Company. Each step is short and to the point, but yet informative. Although there's more than just following these steps, this page can easily motivate you to try change in traditions a company has had for years.
Site: http://www.itaa.org/
  • It talks about the new ITAA, the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association and the Cyber Security Industry Alliance are combining to give America's technology industry to hel them have a louder voice in Washington, Wall Street and major markets.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_generic_strategies
  • Michael Porter describes the three types of strategies that are used by businesses to maintain competitive advantage. Also he explains the techniques for Analysing Industries and Competitors. In conclusion, depending on the market and competitive conditions; each strategy should be adjusted regarding the extent in cost leadership or differentiation that should be given priority.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • This site gives a through explanation of competitive advantage with showing a diagram and explaining how competitive advantages helps companies.
  • this site gives the reader a descriptive insight to the different advantages a company can have
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/im_value_chain_main.html
  • This website explains the concept of value chains and you can learn the 8 best practices of succesful companies.
Site:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_information_system
  • The website is very informative.
  • This website is a reference to this particular subject giving out defintions and extra links.
  • Easy to use website. Just type in what your looking for and go.
  • good description
  • The website starts off by defining A Strategic Information System as a system to manage information and assist in decision making. An SIS is a type of information system that is aligned with business structure. A short but interesting article
  • Defines and describes hierachy of information systmes.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • This page provide a important and interesting information about what is a competitive advantage
Site: http://metanomics.net/28-jun-2008/virtual-corporation-possibly-milestone-collaboration-era
  • this website is very interesting because it tells you about the legal issues with virtual corporations, and its advantages.
Site: http://www.networkworld.com/net.worker/columnists/2001/0430zbar.html
  • This article explores all the benefits of creating a virtual company such as the ability to stay connected accross distances and it says it is cost efficient.
Site:  http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/careersintechnology/p/ITDefinition.htm
  • Includes all matters concerned with advancement of computer science and technology and with the design, development, installation, and implementation of information systems and applications.
  • very clear page
  • I liked the website because it presents itself in a very simple way while still offering information in the history of information technology, the jobs in the field, and related articles.
  • This site gives an excellent definition of Information Technology also gives a brief intro about what Information Technology means and about it history
  • This site gives an excellent definition of Information Technology also gives a brief intro about what Information Technology means and about it history
Site: http://it.toolbox.com/wiki/index.php/Strategic_Information_System
  • Key features of the Strategic Information Systems.
Site: http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2006/10/01/consider-a-virtual-company-to-get-a-flexible-work-life/
  • the site is very informative. it gave me a clear understanding of what a virtual company is. the most intresting thing about the web site is that it provides link so u can understand how virtual companies are be used and what companies use them
Site:  http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • This site gives a good explanation of competitive advantage.
Site: http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0198-411882/Competing-and-complementary-values-in.html
  • The website gives online access to business articles, industry reports, company profiles and executive contacts. It serves for a range of needs people face in the business world.
Site: http://www.scribd.com/doc/396821/Competing-with-Information-Technology
  • complete definitions are always good
Site: http://www.networkworld.com/net.worker/columnists/2001/0430zbar.html  
  • Virtual companies are quite interesting
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
  • Interesting it talks more in depth about the sources that have to do with competitive advantage.
Site: http://www.jstor.org/pss/1242403
  • I like the article because it shows how information technology and competitiveness work in real life practice.
Site:  http://www.esmalloffice.com/SBR_template.cfm?DocNumber=PL12_2100.htm
  • well maybe not a very good site, but it gives you some tip in how to create your company.
Site: http://www.answers.com/topic/tacit-knowledge
  • This article gives a better description of what tacit knowledge is and what it consists of. It talks about how it can only be achieved by experience.
Site:  http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/competitive_advantage.asp
  • This site talks about how Competitive advantages give a company an edge over its rivals and an ability to generate greater value for the firm.
Site: http://www.freetrade.org/node/679
  • This site is about how expanding trade benefits small businesses and how small and medium sized U.S. companies are entering global markets not only to sell but also to buy and invest :>)
Site: http://www.umsl.edu/~joshik/msis480/chapt03.htm
  • This website is very important because it provides information about the; competing with information and technology and all the other factors
Site: http://jobfunctions.bnet.com/abstract.aspx?docid=80887&tag=content;col1
  • I saw in this page that SIS need to be restructured for the "change" that means that as technology develops organizations and businesses using SIS to adapt to the change and make it better to help the business be better.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competitive_advantage
  • This article briefly explains competitive advantage in business.
  • Describes competitive advantage.
Site: http://dssresources.com/history/dsshistory.html
  • This site provides both a summary and in-depth analysis of what decision support systems are. It was very interesting and is worth taking the time to read
Site: http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/dstools/paradigm/genstrat.html
  • this site is good because it explains the types of competition that there is. Also, explain the Cost Leadership, the Differentiation and the Focus; that together are very important to have a good strategy.
  • I really liked this depiction of Competitive Strategies. It breaks the different ways of competing into four major catagories, and explains them in detail as well. Easy to understand and cleared up a lot of confusion.
  • This website explains Competitive Strategies such as cost leadership, differentiation, and focus.
  • This website explains different ways of competition including Cost leadership and focus
Site: http://www.tech-faq.com/hard-drive-recovery.shtml
  • This article is very informative. It tells you all about hard drive. For example it includes the problems that exist as well a good description of each of the problems.
Site: http://advice.cio.com/chris_potts/information_systems_versus_information_technology_how_much_do_people_care
  • An interesting article about the majors and how much people really care.
Site: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=00772827
  • This article gave a lot of good information on using Information Technology for a strategic advantage
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_Systems
  • General information about the mutinational firm. For more information their is also www.cisco.com
Site: http://www.valuebasedmanagement.net/methods_jit.html
  • It explains the history of Just-in-Time planing and how it works.? It also further tells you the benefits of useing this planing.
Site: http://www.hbsp.harvard.edu/hbsp/hbr/articles/article.jsp?articleID=R0707N&ml_action=get-article&print=true
  • The one thing that I learned of this article is that knowledge creating companies' number one purpose is continuous innovation and know how to manage it.
Site: http://www.sbaer.uca.edu/publications/strategic_management/pdf/02.pdf
  • I think it gives a great summary of the main causes of competition that we discuss in class, while looking at the material from a diferent perspective.
Site: http://www.computerweekly.com/Home/tags/competitive-necessity.htm
  • Basically,the site is where they hold different blogs on the global competitive necessity that is happening today.
Site: http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/porter.shtml
  • A nice quick summary of Porters model and a lot of visual aids, including tables and charts that help explain how it's implemented in today's industries.
Site: http://telebusillis.blogspot.com/2006/07/barriers-to-entry-for-new-cellular.html
  • Blog entry by a European telcom industry worker which details some interesting thoughts on the barriers to new entrants in the European mobile phone market. Of particular interest is the paragraph describing how the incumbent corporations will lengthen new and renewing contracts prior to a new participant's entrance into the market in order to reduce the available pool of customers.
Site: http://www.dl.acs.org.au/index.php/ajis/article/view/372
  • This website poses the question of the ultimate relevancy of a Strategic information system in truly creating a competitive advantage for the organization. It defines what a strategic information system is and basically how it is an effort to best apply a certain strategic information system in the best way according to the situations that a company may face or is facing. In explaining the development of strategic planning it seems clear that sometimes the competive and volatile environment may become so difficult a challenge that it would weaken the strength of the strategically planned information system that would allow for the most efficiency from the specific organization.
Site: http://www.innosight.com/our_approach/consulting_model.html?gclid=CNzPifCu-5cCFQKJxgodCmAU9Q
  • Good insight on how companies achieve growth through innovation.
Site: http://www.monografias.com/trabajos7/chaof/chaof.shtml?relacionados#over
  • Basically elaborates on strategic information systems and on perspective views. It grabs your attention very interesting.
  • The document obtained in this website gives a general definition of what Strategic Information Systems are, and talks about some of the common ways of thinking about gaining competitive advantage. Also includes brief summaries of some thoughts of the foremost apostles of such systems, such as Porter’s competitive advantage and Wiseman’s strategic perspective view.
Site: http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/
  • provides a great website for the latest innovations and ideas for varies venues.
Site: http://www.rocw.raifoundation.org/management/bba/MarketingIntelligence/lecture-notes/lecture-04.pdf
  • it was a long but educational essay, it gave a lot of information on the subject.
Site: http://www.strategic-information.com/
  • Strategic Information will not conduct operations in support of any organization whose objectives are in direct conflict with the national security interests of the United States of America

Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_management
  • Base on the article definition I think knowledge management has a lot to do with efficiency in an organization very interesting
Site: http://www.cisco.com/
  • Cisco is a very large virtual company. Without today's advanced IT, this company would not be possible because the linkage of customers, suppliers and subcontractors requires IT.
Site: http://directory.leadmaverick.com/Opinion/BHNET.Software.Solutions/RANCHO.SANTA.MARGARIT
  • Long and boring
Site: http://quickbooks.intuit.com/commerce/catalog/category.jsp?categoryId=cat0000000000006338356
  • Quickbooks is widely used by many small retailers as an inexpensive, user friendly way to enhance business processes. It highlight the efficiency and the ease of using the product. It does a variety of things from tracking sales to managing inventory. It also helps track costs and it provides a variety of reports. This is one of the most economic information systems available to those who are not experts in the field.
Site: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VG3-4C8PF58-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=d4325e2df0c788578f4494be28834369
  • The web page has a research paper which describes strategic steps toward a better management of a business and management of it; the paper is in two parts. The first deals with the scope and duration of the achievement of IS-enabled enhanced competitive positioning. The second part of the paper is concerned with the establishment of an IS-enabled opportunity framework, identifying the associated business benefits, the associated changes in competitive position, and the sources of sustainable achievement. The journal of strategic information system does well in presenting this paper because is well explanatory about strategic management.
Site: http://fs.flang.keio.ac.jp/public/AWC/08UF_MY.pdf
  • Interesting report on growth strategy and IS with regards to Japan's industry.
Site: http://www.ngpharma.com/currentissue/article.asp?art=275461&issue=285
  • talks about a pharmaceutical company that has chosen to take a virtual company strategy and the reasons behind it
Site: http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=9627469&nav=AbC0
  • Thank god because Timewarner customer service stinks
Site: http://www.isc.hbs.edu/firm-competitve.htm
  • this page has articles about the competitive strategy in dynamic markets and technology.
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/customer_value_creation.html
  • This article is great for the budding entrepreneur. Whether its someone with limited business savy, or an experienced manager trying to survive in a highly competive industry.
Site: http://www.ecofine.com/strategy/Cost%20leadership.htm
  • This website explains the cost leadership strategy in detail, including the advantages and disadvantages.
Site: http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jan2009/id2009015_835497.htm?chan=innovation_innovation+%2B+design_top+stories
  • I wanted to see some aspects of newly developed technology that will shape and advance the workplace. I found that this new printer in conjuction with apple is not only buttonless but features a new style of ink catridge that rotates instead of the conventional back and forth motion to print. Also it has a very sleek and compact design that is non-buisness like since most commercial printers have always been unstylish and bulky.
Site: http://apple2history.org/history/ah01.html
  • I wanted to know more about the history of the apple II, which was introduced in 1983
Site: http://virtualcompany.wordpress.com/
  • Amazing how virtual companies are taking over the business world. Article was interesting.
Site:   http://www.answers.com/topic/information-technology
  • It is wonderful!!!!!!!!
Site: http://tum.mgt.psu.ac.th/MIS2008/sectionI/_sectionOne-competing.html
  • Exelent quality of information. Very detailed and informative. Good explanation of the text.
  • It could be used to assist any area of a bussines, does not matter if is production, accounting or manegment,today IT is a essencial part of the bssines.
  • helpful website
Site: http://www.articlesbase.com/information-technology-articles/what-software-is-needed-for-competetive-markets-43533.html
  • The article discusses the necessity of having software that connects a company to its customers in order to have them return to the company for more business.
Site: http://informationr.net/ir/12-3/paper314.html
  • This is a research paper about how IT adoption leads to a competitive advantage in service firms with real world numbers. It is pretty dry and long but there are some interesting hypothesis like: H3: The higher the level of service process innovation, the greater the level of external competitive advantage. H4: The higher the level of service product innovation, the greater the level of external competitive advantage.
Site: http://www.wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
  • I found it very shallow but full of information
Site: http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/view/1339/1/129
  • This is a brilliant information strategy that wlamart first started to use. It uses radio waves to more effectively indentify inventory.
Site: http://www.school-for-champions.com/business/small_biz_alliances.htm
  • I think it contains important information about business alliance and how they do those alliances. Also this page gave us important advice on how to find business partners
Site: http://books.google.com/books
  • talks about how global businesses adjust their strategies to benefit alliances between companies
Site: http://www.buildingyourownpc.com
  • Wow, I have always heard people brag about building their own PC's. A monkey could do this!!!
Site: http://www.harriskern.com/index.php?m=p&pid=389
  • This was a basic but informative article that teaches you some of the steps necessary to build a competitive IT organization. It basically says that you should do more with less and make the most out of what is given in a less timely manner.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vendor_lock-in
  • Pretty crafty how we get trapped buy the companies out there that are so "great".
Site: http://groups.yahoo.com/phrase/competing-with-information-technology
  • it is a great site to discuss and post your opinions of competing with information technology
Site: http://www.bitpipe.com/tlist/Strategic-Planning.html
  • Offers several reports on strategic planning
Site: http://www.strategy-business.com/enewsarticle/enews093004
  • A little older but still applies: focus on what the customer actually wants, now what the company THINKS the customer wants.
  • It talks about real differentiation. Between the difference of actually coming up with something innovative that can have an impact on a customers life, to making minor changes that dont really do anything for the customer.
Site: http://www.amanet.org/seminars/seminar.cfm?BaseSemNo=5503
  • is important to predict the market direction...... top level managers need to be involved.....
  • This page its so interersting because it has a detail way to be succesful in changing market conditions and customer needs.
Site: http://www.12manage.com/methods_porter_value_chain.html
  • This is an in depth evaluation of the value chain. It shows the primary activities, the supporting activites, creating cost advantages, etc.
Site: http://sbinformation.about.com/cs/sales/a/aa111002a.htm
  • this article shows how they use different sales tactics to gain a competitive advantage.
Site: http://www.salestrainingplus.com/salesmark/articles/competitive_advantage.htm
  • When I began searching for a topic to place on the reference, competitive advantage caught my attention. This website explains more thoroughly and very interesting. Hope you read it.
  • Fundamentals for Competitive Advantage
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_customization
  • Explains the definition of mass customization. It also gives different definitions of the same word from different people.
Site: http://folio.crowehorwath.com/files/PDF/PUB7368_CRMPOV103107_FINAL.pdf
  • How IT develop according to competitive advantage and competitive necessity.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance
  • This website is really usefull to fing things quick and esay to understand.
Site: http://www.allbusiness.com/management/benchmarking-strategic-planning/718445-1.html
  • It explain the term more detailed, the story.
Site: http://www.encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/virtual+company  
  • It explains what virtual company means
Site: http://www.nicholasgcarr.com/
  • As years pass by I’m glad technology has evolved in many ways allowing us to obtain information faster and easier than ever.
Site: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/
  • This website is great because it will answer all the questions you can have with reliable information.
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_corporation
  • This site gives a detailed description of what a virtual company is and what they do.
Site: http://www.monografias.com/trabajos7/chaof/chaof.shtml#gene
  • This website eventhough there was a lot of material in it, it was very interesting and complete. it started by giving the reader a quick overview of what strategic information systems is and then in a more extensive way by giving an explanation on how strategic computer systems have an impact on the organization’s products and business operations. Also, something that really got my attention was the fact that there is general agreement that strategic systems are those information systems that may be used gaining competitive advantage, and listed common ways to do this.
Site: www.office.com/templates/page1.asp?docid=87
  • I was very interested in the article and found it very impressive. It opened my eyes in how far technology has come and how a company can really benefit from using it in their company
Site: http://useconomy.about.com/od/glossary/g/economy_scale.htm
  • Just in xase you need a reminder of what economies of scales means. This wed site gives you the definition and examples.
Site: http://www.morebusiness.com/running_your_business/marketing/Competitive-Advantage.brc
  • This website provids information for small business owners who are trying to seek competitive advantage in their market. There are some steps they provide for the small business owners such as: analyzing the competitions and methods to differentiate their products.
Site: http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid40_gci1269244,00.html
  • This is an example of leveraging investments. It explains how by using new IT, entire organization can be improved and incresing the worth of its current technology by using more effectively its current resources.
Site: http://www.forbes.com/2008/08/16/cio-widgets-customers-tech-cio-cx_ms_0818customers.html
  • What customers prefer is for us to deliver the information directly to them. Like it or not, our customers deal with lots of suppliers. This applies in the business-to-business arena, but is also true, perhaps to a lesser extent, in the business-to-consumer arena. some would say impossible--to maintain a technological competitive advantage. The competition can do the same things you did. And if you were the trailblazer, rivals might be able to learn from what you did and accomplish it more quickly and less expensively. This was a good article to relate to new technological advances today. With many different brands and technology companies are competeing against eachother to win over the business of the consumer.
Site: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/12/monorail.html
  • is a website that explains and gives examples of a virtual company
Site: http://www.investorwords.com/4846/switching_costs.html
  • This site defines switching costs and gives further information on related topics and where to contnue your search on them.
Site: http://ftp.arl.army.mil/~mike/comphist/eniac-story.html
  • This is a very interesting Article. It explains in detail how the first computer was created.
Site:  http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/09/is_there_strate.html
  • Interesting blog talking about about how critical computer systems are to our lives including systems we would not even think of.
Site: http://www.12manage.com/description_cost_leadership.html
  • This site is useful on get more info on cost leadership and how it might come up again
Site: http://www.informationweek.com/news/management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=192700581
  • The article in this site gives a brief example about how the automotive manufacturers are using IT to gain competitive necessity. It helps understand competitive necessity a bit more.
Site: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/December-2008-Executive-Viewpoint/Executive-Viewpoint-Erik-Swan-Splunk.html
  • The article illistrates how IT serches are necessary in a competitive world like the vertual world. Can get a glimpse at the competitive necessity of the IT dominated business community.
Site: http://spot.colorado.edu/~kozar/Comp.html
  • This web page presents the important factor of business growth. Dr. Kozar presents an example of a florist that due to the information system, has the possibility to gobalizate the business with a lower cost to the customers.
Site: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/enewsarticle/enews093004
  • Good information on common mistakes made by businesses and strategies on how to differentiate.
Site: http://www.avaya.com/gcm/master-usa/en-us/tasks/learn/facts/communicationsenabledbusinessprocesses/qa8/midsize.htm
  • It talks about how a midsize businees is capable to use a competitive and powerful contact center to create a competitive advantage for enterprises.
Site: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FNP/is_11_41/ai_87146180
  • This article talks how Wal-Mart uses a system called Retail Link. What this technology does is restrict inventory growth by as much as possible while keeping enough inventory in stock. This prevents a lot of wastes. It also talks about how Wal-Mart has to keep the system up to date in order to be efficient. This is a great example of how evolving technology helps industries be efficient while still growing.
Site: http://virtualcompanysolutions.com/
  • this site confirms the importance of a company to operate in a virtual community to continue its growth. Virtual companies are essential in todays market.
Site: http://directory.leadmaverick.com/BHNET-Software-Solutions/Los-AngelesLong-BeachSanta-Ana/CA/10/126/index.aspx
  • This site explains how virtual companies have changed over these past years. It also gives some pros and cons about having a virtual company.
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/innovation_strategy.html
  • This website describes how innovation is an important strategy for competitive advantage, and how its beneficial
Site: http://www.12manage.com/methods_bpr.html
  • This website defines the business process of reengineering. It defines BPR and gives the 5 step process of how to implement it in the workplace. It also gives brief examples of circumstances where it is advisable to use.
Site: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/236/description#description
  • This page of Information Systems publishes articles that refers to the design and implementation of languages, data models, algorithms, software and hardware for the most recent information systems.
Site: http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA370843
  • Gives interesting ideas how the military can use SIS to their advantage.
Site: http://books.google.com/books?id=kWkx-wRmrVIC&pg=PA96&lpg=PA96&dq=innovation,+product+differentiation+barriers&source=web&ots=XL_n-R0tBU&sig=z-hP5ONZ5iR1GkWjqDQC7LZxAzw#PPA89,M1
  • The link takes you to an electronic book titled The Essentials of Strategy. The book was written by the Harvard Business School Press and talks about what procedures a business should follow in order to successfully enter the market. It gives a lot of details on how to compete with other markets, and how to create product differentiation as well as other economic concepts.
Site: http://www.picitup.com/picitup/picShop.jsp
  • This website helps the customer find all kinds of articles on the internet visualy by uploding a picture of the article wanted.
Site: http://www.levinpr.com/article_4.html
  • Explains how companies use differentiation to be competitive in their market.
Site: http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/columnist/abrams/2003-07-11-abrams2_x.htm
  • This is a good article because it lists good strategies and benefits of a virtual company.
Site: http://alexfletcher.typepad.com/all_bets_off/2007/09/the-importance-.html
  • Gives a good example of Competitive necessity
Site: http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/oct2004/nf20041012_4018_db083.htm
  • I strongly believe that innovation is the most important competitive strategy so I figured we could learn from Apple's nature of innovation.
Site: http://xp123.com/xplor/xp0402/index.shtml
  • This site talks about and explains about the Knowledge creation Companies in Japan.
Site: http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2007/07/23/leverage-home-appreciation-vs-investment-perfomance/
  • Leverage: home appreciation vs. Investment performance.
Site: http://www.mayerbrown.com/publications/article.asp?id=1218&nid=6
  • It consists on Exploring The “Virtual” Company Strategy Through Outsourcing In The Biotech Industry. It has a detailed explanation. Uses graphs to make it easier.
Site: http://www.gaebler.com/running-virtual-company.htm
  • Excellent article, short but meaningful. Talks about how virtual offices are real offices and how they are more efficient than traditional businesses.
Site: http://www.openlearningworld.com/olw/courses/books/Business%20Strategies/Business%20Strategy/Cost-Leadership%20Strategy.html
  • This website enhances your knowledge on exactly what Cost-Leadership Strategy is. I feel that this website verified what i believed Cost-Leadership Strategy to be and it left me with a detailed understanding.
  • This site defines the cost leadership strategy in more detail. It also shows how companies are considered to be successful when using this strategy.
Site: http://www.ge.com/products_services/aviation.html
  • Under the all seeing eye be a of Jack Welsh, GE was and continues to be a player. This site gives an general over-view of the"meatball"
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII
  • Really quick to find practically any kind of information
Site: https://www.crowehorwath.com/crowe/Publications/detail.cfm?id=1167
  • Describes competitive advantage and competitive necessity.
Site: http://www.missouribusiness.net/cq/2004/foster_customer_focused.asp
  • Describes how to be a more customer focued business.
Site: http://dotank.nyls.edu/june18virtualcorp.html
  • In this website it gave the information that no company can legally be completely virtual there has to be a main office of some sort. But Vermont there is new legislation that is trying to make a company virtual. That means no main office or physical address everything online.
Site: http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/im_diversification_strategies.html
  • This website gives the main reasons for a company to use diversification, explains what types of diversifications there are and it gives example so we can fully understand the concept of diversification