Advanced ICT: How Important Is It in the Site Decision?
Data and call center operators are savvy about information and communication technology, but manufacturers should also make it a priority.
Dan Calabrese (Apr/May 10)
It's not at the top of the list, and few manufacturers will cite it as the primary factor in choosing a site. But Area Development's 2009 Corporate Survey showed that the availability of information and communication technology (ICT) services is becoming an important consideration among corporate decision-makers. Survey respondents naming ICT as a selection factor rose more than 27 percent compared to 2009.
That doesn't mean ICT is about to topple cost, location, or incentives at the top of the list. But for certain manufacturers operating particular systems, ICT can serve as a pivotal tie-breaker.