The first thought that came to my mind when reading the supporting article “Stop the Pendulum” was shopping for shoes. We have all experienced the difficulties of shoe shopping. Even today I spent ten minutes at DSW waiting on a sales person to find my desired pair of shoes in the correct size. The right pair of shoes needs to fit a certain criteria decided by the buyer. However, most of the time you go into a shoe store you walk out empty handed.
This week’s readings on globalization described situations which were like buying one pair of shoes to fit multiple people. A situation which is similar to Cinderella’s glass slipper fitting the feet of every other woman in the kingdom. Companies have to have an understanding of the difficulties of creating and implementing an IT globalization plan from the very beginning. As seen in the Wyeth case, companies will face multiple issues when implementing these new globalization plans. There may be hesitation and resistance from employees who fear layoffs and loss of control. Additionally, Wyeth faced issues due to the nature of their industry and the markets in which they operated.
As we move forward into this digital era, I am optimistic about the success of implementing globalization plans. 3D printing is just one new technology which will propel companies into the future. In conclusion, I would ask my classmates:
How would you use 3D printing technology in combination with globalization to implement a successful IT plan with your company?