Employee Benefit Programs in the Information Technology Industry

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Individual Case Study

Develop a case study that analyzes the competitive position of a business organization in a technologically-oriented industry. This case study should demonstrate an understanding of competitive forces and principles applicable to competitive environments, including Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” axioms. The case study should be 5-7 pages in length.

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. Sun Tzu

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” Sun Tzu

I work for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). "EDS is a global business and technology services company headquartered in Plano, Texas."

Hewlett-Packard Co. reached
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The plan is called the Home Computing Initiative (HCI). Siemens saves 900,000 Pounds while boosting workplace skills through this initiative. “The demand far outstripped our expectations in the first round of the scheme. We expected 1,000 applications, but we got nearly 4,000, a 38% take-up from eligible employees at that time.” [www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk/Resources/20/1027280194.pdf] recalled Ben Debnath, Head of Policies and Processes, Siemens.

Employer-provided Home Computing Initiatives (HCI) enables companies to loan computers to their employees as a tax-free benefit. In many cases, companies implement salary sacrifice arrangements where employees accept a reduction in gross salary in return for this benefit.

The benefits are numerous:

• Increases IT literacy

• Enhances employee benefit packages

• Attracts and retains staff

• Potentially reduces training costs

• Provides high-value desktop computers and laptops for employees

Employees without daily computer access now have the freedom to develop their computer skills with their families, increasing levels of IT literacy within Siemens. Office computer users have the opportunity to improve computing skills at their leisure.

Taking advantage of the Government’s tax exemption on loaned computers, Siemens is loaning computers to its employees for use at home at

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