Cirque Du Soleil Essay

1221 Words Dec 17th, 2012 5 Pages
Introduction:
Cirque du Soleil ("Circus of the Sun") is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a "dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment." Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.
Cirque du Soleil – History:
A marvelous idea began to take shape in the early 1980’s in Baie-Saint-Paul, a charming village nestled on the north shore of the St-Lawrence River, east of Quebec City. Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (‘The Stiltwalkers of Baie-Saint-Paul’), a theatre troupe founded by Gilles Ste-Croix, walked on stilts, juggled, danced, breathed fire and played
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Not only were the binders heavy, but there was always the risk that documents could be lost along the way or forgotten somewhere. After the make-up lessons, the performer had to go to the costume workshop for measurements. A total of 50 measurements were taken at different points on the performer’s body. Cirque has several thousand intricate costume patterns. Information about costumes and measurements was being stored in Excel files and in various unconnected applications. Keeping track of the plaster heads and model’s identity was very challenging.
Information Technology at Cirque du Soleil in 2000:
Danielle Savoie’s nomination followed a decision by Cirque’s top management to acquire SAP to support the firm’s basic business processes: human resources, logistics and fiancé. The implementation of such a complex technology required a re-examination of how IT was managed and operated. Cirque needed to implement more organized and professional IT management than it had at the time.
Beginning 2000, Cirque began streamlining its IT applications, beginning from standardizing the servers and work stations, using fiber optic cables, use of VoIP etc.
Challenge:
• Develop a strategic IT version that needs to be accepted by Cirque’s top management
• Deploy a highly professional IT group that would have the required resources
• Improve the credibility of the IT group among the leaders of the firm.

Solution:
Danielle Savoie’s nomination followed a decision by

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