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Business Analysis
John T. Opincar

In this paper, an overall business analysis of Apple, Inc. will describe in detail including the review of recent economic trends influencing Apple, along with the strategies the company could and were adapting to with the changing of the markets and recession. Along with informative information about the tactics Apple may have implemented or could potential implement to achieve their strategic goals. Within this paper it opened elements of the role of human resource management and the roles they played to helping the company achieve its business goals for the present and future.

Business Analysis
Apple, Inc. continues to strive to be the best company in the industry of technology. Continuing to improve year by year in growth and products, Apple revenue has grown by 82% year by year. Apple continues to compete across the board in several highly competitive markets, and article from CNN states “ranging from personal computer industry, the consumer electronics industry with products such as the iPhone, iPads, iPods and Mac and as well as digital music distribution through its iTunes Music store.” (Griggs, 2011, p.1)
Apple’s strategic initiatives are to reconnect their employees into developing new products, services, and markets. The iPhone combines a mobile phone in a desktop category, providing e-mail, web browsing, and compatibility with both Macs and Windows-based computers. Ipad is very similar to the iPhone with a Co.’s Mulit-Touch technology and allowing customers to connect with their applications in a very interactive away anytime and anywhere in the world. “Strategies Apple are opening and expanding its own retail stories in key cities around all over the world in up-market, quality shopping stores.”(Marketingminds, 2010, p. 1). Apple structures many of its products towards…...

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