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  Client:  International Freight Forwarder
   
  Project:  Assessment of Client-Developed IT Strategy
   
   

 

  Situation:   
     
  A major international freight forwarding client needed a strategic systems plan to meet growing customer and competitive demands.  A diverse corporate structure and shrinking profit margins added further complexity to the systems planning process.  The information systems organization created an information technology (IT) vision, strategy, architecture and plan.  The company president wanted an independent assessment of the plan's appropriateness, feasibility and thoroughness before pursuing this strategic investment.
   
  Approach
   
  The plan was reviewed and extensive interviews with company management were conducted to ensure linkage existed between the IT plan's direction and the business direction and imperatives of management.  Industry and technical expertise were assembled to review and comment on the intended architecture and plan.
   
  Results
   
  The IT plan was found to embrace overly-complex and outmoded architectures.  Politically-motivated structures and agendas influenced the strategy and plan.  The monolithic and expansive approach was replaced with a modular, technically current approach.  The required investment was cut by two-thirds and projects were re-prioritized to focus on the essential requirements of users and management.  A radically re-designed IT organization was recommended and implemented.  The design approach to the planned data warehouse was revised and enhanced.  A complete revision of the plan incorporating the recommendations was directed and conducted.

 

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