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Enabling strategy and innovation: Achieving optimized outcomes from planning to execution
The global economy is driving change across industries and reshaping relationships among companies in a variety of ways. With the help of technology-enabled operations, companies are leveraging resources to create new competitive advantages. This rapidly changing environment requires companies to operate quite differently from what was required in the producer-empowered industrial economy. This new era calls for agile and flexible organizational structures and supply chain networks that anticipate the market demands and innovate and adapt as necessary. These innovative, agile and fast-response capabilities require superior operations.
In this article, we look inside two outstanding companies: Calearo Antennae Spa, an Italian company that has gained a competitive advantage with its operations-enabled product lifecycle management, and Royal DSM, N.V., an $8 billion Dutch enterprise that re-engineered its information, communication and technology (ICT) organization and transformed its global supply chain footprint. In both cases, excellence in operations and clear use of Information Technology (IT) has led to their sustained competitive advantage. The lean and efficient modus operandi proves to be a catalyst for innovation, speed and strategic agility.
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