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Type A, B and C Enterprises

A Gartner framework that classifies enterprises or their subdivisions according to a technology adoption profile. Classification is based not only on an enterprise’s current technology adoption strategy, but also on whether the strategy is supported by senior management and is adequately funded.

  • Type A enterprises are typically technically aggressive and well-funded, and use IT to gain a competitive advantage.
  • Type B enterprises, which are in the majority, are mainstream IT users with adequate funding that use IT for productivity.
  •  Type C enterprises are technologically conservative and risk-averse, and seek to control IT costs.

Recognizing an enterprise’s type offers company strategists a meaningful way to compare an enterprise’s use of technology against that of competitors, and to make decisions about when, how and where to adopt new technologies.


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