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WFL: Strategic IT Implications

Stephan Fenty

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Spring Semester A 2011

Section S

The Information Technology (IT) landscape changes at a rapid pace. For businesses, both public and private, this can have a vast impact and can affect whether a company has a sufficient IT business strategy in place to compete, and even survive. The many versions of Moore’s Law that have developed over the years teach us that the speed of technology will double, while the price will be cut by one-half, every 18 months. This rapid pace has forced companies to re-evaluate their IT infrastructure and their related business processes much more often and to look for ways to do things better, faster and cheaper. Reducing costs while increasing revenues is vital in business today and Government agencies are no exception to this rule. With Federal deficit out of control the Government has been forced to limit budgets for its agencies and to put in place accountability measures. The Company we will analyze in this paper is a Federal agency called the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFL), a child agency of the Federal Highway Administration. We will look at a number of technologies with the potential of reducing business costs while increasing productivity, and which may result in a flattening of the organization hierarchy. Forefront in all this is Telecommuting and its related technologies such as Teleconferencing, VPN, VoIP, and Cloud Computing. We will also analyze Enterprise applications and web services as another possible option to tie the functional areas of WFL together and determine whether it is cost effective to implement such a system. The purpose of WFL is to build Federal roads. According to their website, The Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFL) operates as part of the Federal Lands Highway Program, serving the needs of Oregon,…...

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