Cemex: Solid As Mexico Sinks

Lorenzo Zambrano sits in his office in Monterrey, Mexico, and plugs his IBM ThinkPad into a desktop port. As CEO of Cementos Mexicanos (Cemex), he's checking up on his company's international operations. Although Cemex' main product is a basic commodity, its information system is definitely high-tech. With a keystroke, Zambrano calls up a bar chart plotting the previous day's erratic performance of a kiln in Venezuela and projects it on a big-screen TV set. He groans.

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