CEOs need to merge their disparate IT systems to keep growing—but must do so carefully. The cloud can help.
One of the last major business successes of 2014 was how America’s biggest parcel shippers, UPS and FedEx, returned to form and made sure nearly all of their express packages were delivered across the United States by Christmas, after failing miserably at that task the year before.
The University of Tennessee set out to research some of the world’s most successful strategic partnerships—including those at P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft—to see how and why these relationships added value. The research identified five principles that CEOs everywhere can use to transform supplier relationships.
Is your company overweight, bloated, and out of shape? Is it burdened by rolls of inventory fat? Just how far from "just-in-time" is your...