Innovation At International Foods
Topics: Small business, Business / Pages: 3 (759 words) / Published: Mar 29th, 2015

Mini Case: Innovation at International Foods
Kaibeh Johnson
IT-700 Capstone in Information Technology
Southern New Hampshire University

In discussion with Josh, Tonya foreshadows "some serious obstacles to overcome." Describe these obstacles in detail.

Big business versus small business has been an issue since business started. Small businesses need to have a solid structure and a large backing of consumers to survive against big business. Josh Novak had a successful model for Glow-Foods and International Food Group (IFG) saw that. They were so impressed with his IT plan at Glow-Foods, they offered him a job at their IT office with a team to help their demographic. Josh was excited yet hesitant as he knew IFG was nothing like his small business of Glow-Foods. Josh expected the transition of his company to IFG to be difficult. Once he became part of IFG’s IT department and had his own team, Tonya warned him that there would be problems he would run into. These serious obstacles were in most part his new aged team bumping heads with the seasoned, big business personnel of IFG. His team was warned by Rick Visser, the chief technology officer, that access to social media sites required his pre-approval from his group (McKeen et al., 2012). The transition to the corporate world became more difficult when Ben Nokony argued with the team that they needed to go through him instead of talking directly to the product teams. Sheema Singh, the IT finance officer, issued a request to the team in regards to their budget plan for the next fiscal year.

All of the IT office’s concerns were valid, but it was very difficult for Josh’s young team to see it their way. The team needed to use social media such as Facebook and Instant Messenger to communicate and research their idea. Rick was always familiar with his workers asking permission for the usage of these sites. However, Josh’s team wasn’t familiar with this idea and found it annoying.

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