A well integrated, global corporation of the 21st century will look much different than the corporation of today. In order to compete in the future economy, the truly transcontinental company must employ a set of standard business processes globally and act as a completely integrated unit, rather than a collection of independent and self-sufficient entities across the globe. Current research from the META Group indicates that "No Global 2000 organization can ignore the impact of increased globalization. Yet, typical organizations are struggling to articulate an enabling business/technology strategy and architecture to compete successfully in the integrated, global 21st century information economy."
One strategy that a transcontinental firm can employ is the use of a global development center to provide strategic and innovative technology solutions for its global clients. As an extension to in-house development teams, the global development center can deliver large-scale, time-critical solutions to clients anywhere in the world.
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