Maximizing information systems to gain a competitive advantage

10 Mar

Hey guys,

For my final blog I will be discussing the many ways in which shops can utilize the many benefits of an information system. Technology has taken the business environment by storm. Processes that used to be manual are now automated, and electronic means of communication have been heavily integrated into today’s offices. The arrival of technology has completely transformed today’s business practices. Strategic planning in utilizing information systems is the key to gaining a competitive advantage.

Ways you can maximize your information systems:

• Enhance jobs

Implementing IS to make jobs more efficient frees employees to move onto other important tasks. No longer do staff have to spend valuable time sorting through statistics, data and other pertinent information because the system has ability to gather it for them. IS provides a cost-effective way to conduct transactions, significantly cutting down the time involved in processing.

• Differentiation

IS provides the ability to strategically define your organization in a way that makes the business stand out from the competition. Information systems can be integrated in such a way where customers can be offered something no one else provides. With a unique design that makes your business appealing to do business with, you can easily increase your customer base.

• Coordination of supply and distribution

IS provides a terrific way to monitor and track inventory. Typically, managers will use information system to track goods and to manage their entire supply/chain management process. If there’s a problem, you can easily pinpoint

and enact a solution before becoming a costly issue.

• Customers

Integrating  business processes with the web is a great way to maximize your technology. You can generate efficiency, effectiveness and enhancement all at the same time. Employee burden is relieved and you can augment your customer’s shopping experience at the same time.

• Decision making

Information systems allow the vital element of providing “real-time” information. In today’s competitive environment, a manager needs to make rapid decisions and to do this effectively, you’ll need the most up to date information available. Properly designing your IS to custom fit your needs will enable you to accomplish this. You’ll get fast action when you can quickly assess a situation.

• Communication

Information systems possess ways to effectively and efficiently share information. Automated communication is a time and resource saver and can add tremendous value to your business.

Many businesses who do not have a web presence or engage in e-commerce will probably find themselves being ousted by their competitors. Companies that do not implement technology into their organizational structure will likely find themselves falling by the wayside. Today a networked presence is vital to organizations, and implementing IS systems to help run businesses processes. When exploring the value of IS from both a technical perspective and a competitive advantage perspective, information systems are a definitive and effective means to expand your business.

Information systems in stores

Thanks for reading and a final farewell!! 🙂




2 Responses to “Maximizing information systems to gain a competitive advantage”

  1. sad112759089 March 10, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Brilliant Blog! You may find my blogs also interesting – when can an information system deliver competitive advantages and how tesco use information systems to their advantage

  2. sad111440682 March 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Excellent work. Learned a lot in this blog

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