In 1997 after acquisition of NeXT by Apple and re-appointment of Jobs as CEO for Apple, Jobs with the Think different campaign worked closely with designer Jonathan "Jony" Ive towards a line of devices that would have larger cultural ramifications: the iMac; iTunes; Apple Stores; the iPod; the iTunes Store; the I Phone; the App Store; and the I Pad. Honesty, Hard work, continuous dedication towards your work, Innovation like said by Steve Jobs, Teamwork abilities, A positive approach towards business strategies, good moral values and sincerity are key to success for any success in this universe. If we are sincere with ourselves, success is nothing to achieve in just a time. A good saying is that 'Always be able, success will follow you automatically'. Another lesson is to learn a good lesson from our mistakes and never repeat those mistakes again.
In 2010 the iPad was released giving consumers another great innovation with the creation of a tablet. Tablets we yet again a great product for Apple and they have continued to release additional generations of the iPad since. On August 9, 2011 Apple became the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, and to this day still remains the world most valuable company. This is a great achievement for Apple, coming from a place where they were literally about to be bankrupt and being able to turn everything around by taking on a great partnership with a man determined to see his dreams come
introduced a product known as iMac, where 30 per cent of its aluminum stand is made up of recycled materials. This is an example of materials integration of value creation. Designers and engineers from Apple continue to build products with minimal material. With the implementation of “Apple Recycling Program”, the organization offers environmentally friendly disposal of Apple products to consumers. Apple is constantly searching for new technology of recycling process to recover additional materials used and increase resource efficiency.
This strategy was the “Direct Model” in which Dell received orders directly from customers, with a significant amount being corporate customers. After receiving customers’ orders, they would construct computers specific to the orders request and deliver it to them directly. This cut out the middleman and it also greatly reduced the days of inventory from 32 in 1995 to 7 in 1998.The reduction in DIO was caused by Dell constructing computers only after the order was received. Their competitors, on the other hand, had much larger days in inventory which took a chunk of their profit. Rivals maintained the traditional strategy in which they sold primarily through distributors, resellers, and retail sites.
This came as shock prices were already dropping due to speculation that Jobs, was once again, was leaving the company for illness reasons. They did take some action to stop this issue arising again: To deal with the issue of Agency theory, in 2013, Apple asked that executive employees and the board of directors would buy stock in the company. This way, management couldn’t benefit from harm done to shareholders and it intended on bringing shareholders and managers together to agree on the same interests. After Steve Jobs finally step down as CEO, Tim Cook become the front man for Apple and still remains there today. Apple today have an office in Cork which is one of the region’s biggest employers, it is possible to wonder if this could happen in Ireland today.
How Sustainable is Apple’s Competitive position Introduction Apple started out simply as a computer company producing Macintosh computers and software, but has since evolved over the years to manufacture other products. It introduced iPods in 2001 for music players, in 2007, it started producing iPhones. Its products are consumer oriented and this has contributed to the success of the company. Apple also views innovation as basis of survival and business development (Yoffie, 2012). What historically have been Apple’s competitive advantages?
The iMac was a representative of radical change in terms of design and functions. It came up with many features such as a modem; connect to the Internet, record sounds using an analog microphone, USB: connect printers, disk drives, digital camera. The iMac G3’s were available in various colors with CRT monitor. Johnathan Ive, the designer of iMac G3 and was later the mastermind of the Cube, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad. It was successful and caught consumers attention also iMac G3 saved Apple from financial despair, and was the first product released after Steve Jobs'
The heart of the business is innovation, which Apple is successful and rapid innovation. “We pick the products we feel like we can make a difference” says Anand Shimpi who works on hardware technologies at Apple. Apple owns so many products from music players, phones, and computers with there Macs. All these products do different things so Apple has to make sure they have the right employees that are very innovative to make sure they continue to put new products out rapidly that are better then its
"But decide they have to be a manager because no one else is going to be able to do as good a job as them (entrepreneur.com).” In conclusion, there is no doubt that Steve Jobs has changed the way we view the world through the innovations of Apple. With age and experience, Steve Jobs became a better leader of people. In 2007, he revealed that when he started the company, he was doing the whole thing and he wasn’t good with partnering with people. “I think if Apple could have had a little more of that in its’ DNA, it would have served extremely well”
Rather than create or develop several different products in one time, Steve Job is told his employees to focus on developing the four main products in order to make it perfectly. This enables the company saves resources from other unimportant products, and allocates more resources to these four main products it focuses to. As Steve Job knows that customers are the sources of revenue for Apple, thus, he leads his employees to create the best customers’ experiences by providing after sales services and update the operation system of every digital devices of Apple. Therefore, most of the owners of Apple’s digital devices will make a second or more purchase of Apple’s products due to Apple is responsible for all of its products. The high quality of Apple’s products is come from the vision of “focusing on people needs and wants” which decided by Steve Job.