Foremostco, Inc. (A)
Describes the rocky transition from an outdated, nonintegrated information system to a new customized system built by programmers in a small, IT-dependent foliage company that distributes plant material. The old system has increasingly become a "burning platform," but the project to build the new system is plagued by delays, the idiosyncrasies of the business, and lack of IT knowledge on the part of senior managers. The transition threatens to put the company out of business, and the crisis forces the COO to take charge of the project personally. After the new system goes live, however, it proves to be buggy and unreliable. The company comes even closer to collapse, and COO Penny Roberts must rally the team around an unpopular project whose success no one can guarantee. Teaching points include IT systems transition, IT management in small companies, and how to deal with an IT-based, business-interrupting disaster.
- 2003 HBS
- Book Quality:
- Harvard Business Publishing
- Date of Addition:
- Business and Finance, Nonfiction,
- Usage Restrictions:
- This is a copyrighted book.
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