Strategic Planning of Information Systems
In today’s highly competitive world, it is imperative that organisations strategically matches their resources to their business goals. The ability of Information Systems to complement these goals, means that systems should be developed which match these goals. Many small to medium manufacturing enterprises do not attempt this and follow a piecemeal approach. This results in a lack of synergy between Information Systems and Business Plans and often an implementation failure.
This paper presents a methodological approach to Information Systems Planning (ISP), which was developed during a Teaching Company programme to assist a manufacturing company with forming the Strategic Plan for their Information Systems. It is a flexible, inexpensive and easily operated procedure that should satisfy a host company’s business needs.
The methodology not only ensures top management’s involvement in selecting information systems but, through the use of Critical Success Factors, makes their input an integral part of the process.
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