You are an IT analyst at XYZ Corporation, and the company has recently taken on a new client that wishes to understand how the organization can leverage its IT and IS functions as a form of competitive advantage. The company is small and would like to see some real-world evidence of this in order to arm themselves with information as they seek investors to grow their business. You have been asked by your manager, Farah Ahmad, to create a business analysis for the client companys leadership in which you analyze the competitive landscape for a business and discuss the role of IT/IS in helping that company achieve a competitive advantage.
First, you should select a company, research two of its competitors, and create a report to present to the client in which you analyze the businesss current competitive standing within its industry using at least two competitive analysis models/tools with a focus on the role IT plays in determining its current competitive posture; one of the models used in the analysis must be Porters Five Forces. It is recommended that you search the Internet to identify industries/companies for which a Porters Five Forces analysis have been completed prior to selecting the company on which you will focus your response. Part 2 of your business analysis should be 1116 paragraphs in length and include at least five references from the Walden Library or other scholarly academic sources.
Note: Last week, you submitted Part 1 of this Assignment. This week, you will complete and submit only Part 2.
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BY DAY 7
Submit Part 2 of your business analysis, to include the following.
Part 2: IT and Competitive Advantage
Illustrate the companys use of information systems as part of its competitive business strategies. (150225 words, or 23 paragraphs)
Analyze the company and its two competitors through the lens of Porters Five Forces. (225300 words, or 34 paragraphs)
Analyze the company and its two competitors through the lens of one additional competitive analysis model or tool. (225300 words, or 34 paragraphs)
Compare the three companies in light of your two completed analyses, including a discussion of which tool you feel was more useful in helping you to determine the competitive position for your selected company. (150225 words, or 23 paragraphs)
Finally, present your analysis of the current competitive posture of your selected company. (75150 words, or 12 paragraphs)