A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning by Anita Cassidy

By Anita Cassidy

The root of a profitable details platforms strategic plan is the popularity that enterprise path and requisites needs to force the IS method and computing structure. a realistic advisor to details platforms Strategic making plans, moment variation outlines a scientific method of advisor you thru the advance of an efficient IS plan that's formulated out of your company's enterprise plan.

This quantity outlines a brief and straightforward process with suggestions, ideas, and templates for reading, organizing, speaking, and imposing an IS approach. This procedure unites a firm in a collaborative attempt leading to a pretty good course that has the aid of the full association. constructing this course cultivates the aid of administration, allowing important strategic IS investments.

With a brand new examine the function of IS governance in strategic making plans, this moment version displays advances in expertise and offers a much better and thorough making plans technique. The strategic making plans technique defined during this publication has been supplemented by way of classes realized from utilising the method in several businesses, cultures, and environments.

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The remainder of this book assumes a business unit plan, but the same principles and philosophies would apply to a corporate plan. Conclusion Ⅲ Recognizing the need for an IS strategic plan and beginning the process is the most difficult step in the journey. Ⅲ Strategic planning will help establish IS as a key resource and enabler to meeting business goals. Ⅲ Completing an IS strategic plan adds value to the organization. The plan can improve the management of the IS asset, improve communication between the business and IS department, align the IS direction with the business, provide business opportunities and increase the value to the business, and plan the flow of information and processes.

A complex or large organization needs to consider the business direction and strategy of the corporation as well as the business unit strategy in its IS planning. For example, the corporation may have a stated strategy of synergy or a strategy of portfolio management. In a corporate environment of synergy, an IS planning process may be more closely aligned and bring business units together. The business units may even choose to leverage common systems across business units, where possible. A corporate environment of portfolio management would tend to drive the IS direction to be autonomous so that the business could be sold if necessary.

Even if everyone doesn’t agree with every decision, people understand there was a defined process and reasons for a particular decision. Governance provides opportunities for IS and the CIO to consistently build credibility and trust with business management. Through governance, the IS organization can continually communicate how it is contributing business value. With proper governance, companies can transform into true business partners enabling new business opportunities. Approaches to Governance The following are examples of governance approaches that often occur without an intentional design: IS dictator: In this autocratic environment, the IS department makes all the decisions and keeps tight control over IS tools and assets.

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