While global transformation is an intensive exercise under the best of circumstances, today's current global economic climate adds an additional burden. Organizations are already running lean, focused on driving costs out of the business by arbitrage. As a result, most lack excess capacity in the organization to manage a global transformation initiative. Already stretched for resources, companies struggle with investments that must be made prior to transformation. For low-margin industries, these challenges are even greater. Retailers, for example, often have little left to cut or leverage for a transformation program. These organizations, especially, must realize the commitment they are making and plan accordingly in order for the transformation initiative to succeed.
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