WHY AN INTEGRATED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM IS ESSENTIAL FOR A SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL


Big business has invested billions over the last 20 years building integrated information technology platforms using world-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems such as SAP, Oracle, etc.

In my opinion, and as someone who has implemented four ERP systems over a similar period, there is immense value that can be extracted from an intelligently used IT platform. However, until fairly recently the financial resources required to implement an ERP system were the exclusive realm of big business. Furthermore, the systems being implemented by big-business are entirely unsuitable for use by a small business.

Today, an integrated information technology system can be stitched together using a combination of world-class applications hosted in the cloud and available on a subscription basis.

Not only are the costs modest and implementations within the reach and capabilities of most small businesses, the end result can be deployed quickly (say 3 months) and remains flexible to switch-in or out individual components at any point in the future.

Compare that with legacy mainframe ERP platforms such as SAP and Oracle and typically used by Fortune 500 organizations. They are not flexible and they are not inexpensive to setup and operate.

A small business can replicate all the IT features of a large business at minimal cost, join the digital age, start to use big-data and build a competitive advantage over much larger rivals.

If you’re operating on a patchwork of disconnected systems and want to transform your business for the 21st century then take advantage of Ian’s unique combination of business and digital skills with this Information Technology Platform course.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1 Month

Course Instructor

Ian Elliott Author
  • Before starting this course you must complete the required prerequisite course: 4. Four-Year Plan

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Introduction

The components of an integrated IT platform

Information Technology and Integration

Conclusions