Boeing Pursues Cost-Cutting Measures

Boeing Pursues Cost-Cutting Measures

December 30, 2020

The decline in air travel amid the pandemic has led Boeing to consider moving its commercial airplane headquarters in Washington from Renton to Everett.

Besides consolidating production of its 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina, Boeing also wants to establish a mobile leadership team by putting managers close to production and delivery facilities.


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This post is based on the Herald Net article, A Boeing executive delivers good and bad news for Everett, by Janice Podsada, October 23, 2020; the Puget Sound Business  Journal article, Renton mayor says Boeing 737 Max production isn’t moving to Everett, by Andrew McIntosh, November 19, 2020; the FlightGlobal article, Return of 737 Max marks just one of Boeing’s comeback challenges for 2021, by Jon Hemmerdinger, December 14, 2020; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: ©Digital Vision/Getty Images, Inc.

Discussion Questions:

1. What measures did Boeing adopt to adjust its commercial airlines’ production, in response to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic?

Guidance: Boeing adopted various cost-cutting measures, including consolidating production of its 787 Dreamliner Continue reading

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ERP Systems Under Cyberattack

The New York Times recently reported on the vulnerabilities of ERP systems. Hackers have sought to exploit old security flaws in Oracle and SAP software to gain access to confidential and sensitive corporate data such as financial records, employees’ personal information, and industrial secrets.

Although Oracle and SAP release security patches on a regular basis, organizations are often reluctant to apply them for fear they might create disruptions in day-to-day system operations. Experts warn against this kind of apathy and a rush to link back-office systems to the cloud.

This post is based on the New York Times article, Study Warns of Rising Hacker Threats to SAP, Oracle Business Software, by Reuters, July 25, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Zbitnev.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why are data breaches into an ERP system potentially more dangerous than those into a stand-alone, specialized software application?

Guidance: Discuss the integration inherent in ERP systems. To facilitate this discussion, review the overlaps of the major business functions and the information exchanges among major and support functions. For example, new R&D projects (operations/engineering) need funding (finance), human resources (HR), and may require the use of specialized technologies (IT). The single data base offers a Continue reading

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