CIS 336 Models for Competitive Dynamics

Strayer CIS 336 Enterprise Architecture Assignment 1: Models for Competitive Dynamics, Due Week 2 and worth 100 points, Graded A, 7 pages, 1244 words.
Competition has, since the 90s, led to wider gaps between industry leaders and laggards. There are more “winner-take-all” environments and greater churns among industry sector rivals. We have witnessed sharp increases in quality and quantity of IT (Information Technology) investments. We’ve seen striking competitive dynamics, particularly in sectors that spend the most on IT. Some of the competitive dynamics models include the Destroy Your Business (DYB) strategy, the Grow Your Business (GYB) strategy, the Information Systems (IS) and strategic advantage, and the social business strategy.
Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
1. Compare and contrast the DYB and GYB strategies in terms of the ability to sustain a business in the marketplace over the long term, to be competitive against rivals, and profitability.
2. Examine the “cannibalization” strategy and determine if it is or is not a better strategy compared to the DYB strategy for growth, competitiveness, and market leadership. Provide two (2) business examples.
3. Determine whether or not changes in business strategy should entail reassessment of IS. Provide three (3) reasons to support your position.
4. Examine how firms can use social IT in alignment with organizational strategy and IS strategy. Consider collaborative capabilities, what, how, and who should use social IT for a social business strategy.
5. Use at three (3) quality resources in this assignment.


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Discussion one:

Suppose that you were creating a new global organization. The new organization will provide Information Technology (IT) infrastructure consulting services, computer security consulting services, and cloud computing consulting services. Determine whether you would employ a hierarchical, a flat, or a matrix organizational structure, and explain why. JustifY your reasoning, and provide suitable examples
Ifi had to chose from the organizational structure provided above, I would chose the Matrix Organizational Structure~ however, the Matrix Framework would not be my first choice~ I would mther go with a Network Organizational Structure (was not given as an option). Because my opemtions are now global, I would want to look for an organizational structure that will provide flexibility to both manage effectively as well as offer excellent customer services, as well as allow the organization to continue to grow seamlessly. The Matrix Organizational Structure do provides most of what I am looking for but the managerial side of things lacks clarity as employees are subject to report to more than one manager which creates ambiguity, not so with a Network Organizational Structure. As I think global, I think structure, control, clarity and collabomtion~ I think ofFlat as well as Hierarchical, thus Network Organizational Structure. I want all the bells and whistle of the Matrix Org. Structure but avoid confusion. My military background says rigid (hierarchical) but I know that would not work in a global environment with diverse cultures. The Network Org. Structure provides my organization a blend ofhierarchy but with a formal/ informal communication framework, which in tum, provides me with the flexibility and adaptability that is needed in a growing Global Environment. Though, most of us may believe that the IT/IS is a stable business, it is not and certainly not a global opemtion~ thus, I need a structure that is dynamic and well suited for environmental and cultuml changes. Zam’s Organization (the example used in our textbook) is a great example of a Network Organizational Structure that worked very well. Hiemrchical decisions and rigidity was thrown out the window, business decisions were made where they most mattered, leading the company to great success.

Discussion two:

IM applications like Microsoft’s Lync, Microsoft Instant Messenger,
and Yahoo Instant Messenger are being used in some organizations
to facilitate communication between employees. Determine whether
you believe 1M improves or hinders employee productivity. Support
your rationale with an explanation. Provided three instances where
you could use these tools to help promote better business practices.

I think that IM applications are very useful to facilitate communication between
employees. My job does not use any of the mentioned IM applications but the
IM application that is provided through the call center software called Fiveg. It
definitely comes in handy while I am monitoring other employees on calls. I
have used it to assist in training an employee on the phone from my desk. I was
able to listen to the call on both ends and chat with the employee on what
direction to assist the customer with his issue. Also, since I am in a call center,
it saves me time to just message an employee rather than walk clear to the other
side of the building for a simple answer on work related issues. My job monitors
the chats between employees so everything has to be work related or we would
get in trouble. There was also a time where our system when down and we were
unable to reset passwords and another building had access. There was a group
chat created with all of us in there with several people from the other building
were in and we placed our requests in the chat so that the other people in the
other building could reset customer password reset requests. With all these
capabilities of an IM messenger being utilized in the workplace I think it can
improve employee productivity.