In Chapter 3 of our textbook, the author discusses the importance of IT architecture choices on a firm’s competitive strategy. He also gives examples of multiple ways in which an IT architecture choice either helped or hindered a firm’s strategy down the road (many of these examples are on pages 80-81). There are numerous examples in the news of companys that ran into issues because of their IT architecture. Your task this week is the following:
- Do some research (Google searches are fine) to identify a company that ran into a problem due to their IT architecture (be sure to cite the source of your information).
- Briefly describe the IT problem as well as the impact to the company (e.g., bad PR, loss of sales, etc.).
- Make a recommendation on what they could have done differently in their IT architecture decisions (hindsight is always 20-20) based on what you’ve learned in this chapter.