ABC Company is one of the publicly listed companies that comprise the Dow Jones Composite, Dow Industrials, S&P 100, S&P 500 & S&P 1500 Super Comp. The company provides various products, technologies, software, solutions, and services worldwide (Yahoo Finance 2008). ABC Company offers a very diverse products and services, some of these are presented in the product segments below:
Enterprise Storage and Servers - provides storage and server products in industry standard servers, business critical systems, and StorageWorks offerings;
Services segment offers a portfolio of multi vendor IT services, such as technology, consulting and integration, and outsourcing services;
Software segment offers a suite of business technology optimization software solutions comprising support that allow customers to manage and automate their IT infrastructure, operations, applications, IT services, and business processes. This segment also delivers a suite of carrier-grade software platforms for developing and deploying voice, data, and converged services to network and service providers;
Personal Systems Group segment provides a line of personal computers (PCs) consisting of commercial PCs, consumer PCs, workstations, handheld computing devices, digital entertainment systems, calculators and other related accessories, and software and services for the commercial and consumer markets;
Imaging and Printing Group segment offers inkjet printers, digital photography and entertainment products, laserjet printers, graphics and imaging, and printer supplies;
Financial Services segment provides leasing, financing, and utility programs; asset recovery services; and financial asset management services for enterprise customers, as well as an array of specialized financial services to small-and medium-sized businesses, and educational and governmental entities (Yahoo Finance 2008).
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[...] 25) An analysis of the publicly available information for ABC Company, it is apparent that its main generic strategy if focus. According to the matrix below, there are two focus strategies: focused low cost provider strategy and focused differentiation strategy. ABC Company employs the latter. Based on the above model and on the analysis of its competitors, ABC Company has a pressing need to set itself apart from its competitors who virtually offer the same services and charging the same prices. [...]
[...] One of the ways for ABC Company to improve its operations through continuous environmental scanning and analysis is through benchmarking. Benchmarking is the assessment of capabilities by comparing the firm's activities or functions with those of other firms. By benchmarking, ABC Company can adapt its competitors' best practices into its operations, which will result to the competitors losing their competitive advantage from those best practices (ABC Company will have those competitive advantages, too) and the best practices of companies who are best in class in their industries outside that of ABC Company. [...]
[...] In the end of the day, the results of the continual environmental scanning and analysis that ABC Company does should be a better way to serve its customers needs and requirements at the price that these customers are willing to pay and at a price that is also profitable for the company. In order to come up with credible strategy recommendations for ABC Company, its task environment was analyzed. Analysis of Present Task Environment The Task Environment encompasses the set of customers, suppliers, and competitors that constitute the firm's immediate environment. [...]
[...] Overall Strategy ABC Company must bear in mind that the creation of an uncontested market space or niche in the diversified computer systems industry in order to make the competition irrelevant is necessary. In a dynamic world such as the one we are in now, most of the times, the only way to beat the competition is to stop trying to beat the competition this is the essence of Blue Ocean: the creation of market spaces wherein only the company which created that market space is the competitor. [...]
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