A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning

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CRC Press, May 29, 1998 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Today's technological advances are directly affecting the success of business tomorrow. With recent-- and continual--improvements in technology, many organizations are finding their information systems obsolete, and are having to take a close look at their current Information Systems and answer some tough questions, including:
  • How well are our current Information Systems applications meeting the business needs today? How well can they meet the needs of our business tomorrow?
  • Are we obtaining true value from the investments made in Information Systems?
  • Are we integrating the Information Systems projects that provide the most value to business?
  • What Information Systems mission, objectives, and strategies are necessary to successfully meet the business challenges of the future?
    A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning helps take the "guess work" out of evaluating current and future Information Systems, and provides the necessary tools for maximizing the investment made in new technology. This invaluable guide shows readers how to take advantage of the latest technology available in Information Systems planning, and how to develop a solid Information Systems plan that is directly linked to their business' goals.
    In an easy-to-follow, hands-on format, this complete reference describes a process for facilitating communication between business management and the Information Systems functions. Both Information Systems Executives and general business executives will find the information they need to develop a successful, value-added Information Systems plan. Readers will find a step-by-step approach to the process of developing an Information Systems plan that helps them gain a competitive edge well into the future.
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    Contents

    Purpose of Information Systems Strategic Planning
    1
    Effective Management of an Expensive and Critical Asset to the Organization
    3
    Linking the Information Systems Direction to the Business Direction
    4
    Planning the Flow of Information and Processes
    6
    Reducing the Time and Expense of the Information Systems Life Cycle
    7
    Involvement of the Organization
    9
    Information Systems Steering Committee
    11
    Executive Management
    14
    Vision
    98
    Strategic Objectives
    100
    Strategies
    102
    Custom versus Packaged Business Applications
    103
    Information Systems and Business Goals
    110
    Computing Architecture
    120
    Information Architecture
    126
    Policies and Responsibilities
    130

    Vendor Review and Implementation Team
    15
    Conclusion
    16
    Planning Components
    17
    Planning Process
    19
    Conceptual Business Level
    21
    Detailed Business Analysis
    22
    Conceptual Information Systems Plan and Vision
    23
    Detailed Information Systems Recommendation
    24
    Plan Contents
    25
    Conceptual Business Level
    27
    Purpose
    29
    Scope
    30
    Conclusion
    32
    Understanding the Business Direction
    33
    Document Highlevel Business Direction
    34
    Executive Management Interviews
    36
    Summarize and Present the Business Direction
    39
    External Requirements
    41
    Operating Vision
    44
    Detailed Business Analysis
    46
    Information Needs
    47
    Business Processes
    52
    Business Requirements
    57
    Conclusion
    59
    Phase 3 of the Planning Process Conceptual IS Plan and Vision
    61
    Information Systems Environment
    63
    Business Application Environment
    65
    PC and Local Area Network LAN Environment
    68
    Network
    70
    Organizational Structure
    72
    Expenditures
    79
    Backlog
    81
    Document Current IS Situation External
    86
    Industry Trends
    87
    Competitor Profiles
    90
    Conclusion
    94
    Determining the High level Direction of Information Systems
    95
    Mission
    97
    Annual Objectives
    132
    Information Systems Service Architecture
    135
    Conclusion
    140
    Phase 4 of the Process Planning Option Analysis and Action Plan Business Operating Vision Assessment
    143
    Environmental Requirements Assessment
    144
    External Requirements Assessment Business Application Assessment
    146
    Business Requirements Assessment
    150
    Technical Computing Architecture Assessment
    151
    Service Architecture Assessment
    152
    Summary of the Gap
    153
    Conclusion
    157
    Determining How to Get to Where You Want to Be
    159
    Option Identification
    160
    Information Gathering Request for Quote
    162
    RFQ Response Review
    166
    Option Analysis
    171
    Recommendation
    177
    ROI Analysis
    178
    Conclusion
    181
    Management Overview
    183
    Executive Committee Presentation
    187
    Vendor Review and Implementation Team
    197
    Project Plan
    198
    Project KickOff Meeting
    203
    Script
    204
    Key Requirements Rating Methodology Demonstration Guidelines for the Vendor Demonstration Guidelines for Team Participants
    205
    Vendor Introduction to Company
    207
    Recommendation
    208
    Risk Management
    209
    I
    213
    BUSINESS APPLICATION DESCRIPTION
    215
    TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION
    227
    STAGES OF TEAM DEVELOPMENT
    231
    DETAILED SCRIPT
    239
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
    271
    Index
    277
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