What competitive advantages can the companies described in the case
derive from the use of faster technology and co-location of servers with
the exchanges? Which would you say are sustainable, and which ones
temporary or easily imitable? Justify your answer.
Tony Bishop of Wachovia stated that “Competitive advantage comes from
your math, your workflow and your processes through your systems.”
Referring to what you have learned in this chapter, develop opposing
viewpoints as to the role of IT, if any, in the development of
competitive advantage. Use examples from the case to support your
What companies in industries other than securities trading could
benefit from technologies that focus on reducing transaction processing
times? Provide several examples.