Copyright 2002 by
Prentice Hall, Inc.
When to Distribute Computing
Are the operations interdependent?
One operation knows what other is doing. If
yes, their planning, development, resources,
and operations must be centralized.
Are the businesses really homogenous?
Have a lot in common; e.g., IT needs for a fast-
food franchise, processing distributed, planning
and hardware selection centralized.
Does the corporate culture support
A decentralized business hierarchy might still
centralize finance, HR, and systems planning.