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The case focuses on HTT, a small Canadian automotive manufacturer working in the highly specialized niche of supercars. HTT was only three months away from finishing the design stage of its vehicle, the Pléthore, and had to make decisions regarding the production stage. Among them, the company needed to decide how it would support its value chain processes with information technology (IT). However, a detailed set of requirements for an IT system could not be elicited until the company had successfully produced and distributed at least a few vehicles. In the meantime, the CEO, who was also a shareholder, wanted to develop a shortlist of potential IT products that would give him a better grasp of the available options.
The case is designed to support teaching on the subject of IT selection and evaluation, especially in the context of small businesses. It is also intended to illuminate the usual trade-offs characteristic of adopting packaged enterprise software. The teaching of the case can help familiarize students with request for information (RFI) and request for proposal (RFP) documents.
Canada, Small, 2012
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