Project #76943 - Information Technology Planning

Information Technology Planning Assignment Overview This module is about the problems of creating information technology plans that work within the scope of the organization's strategic objectives. It is also about all the reasons why this is a very difficult thing to do, particularly when the process gets down to specifics. Like all organizational decision-making, information technology planning is often a complex muddle of conflicting goals, interests, unclear reasons and payoffs, and poor communication. This indictment is presented without apology, because it is in fact typical. This is not to say that there are not exceptions, and occasionally planning is actually done well. But almost everything in the organization mitigates against this, and we generally fight at best a rearguard action against all the forces that work routinely in favor of chaos. By way of introduction to the process, consider Doug Frese's discussion paper on IT Enterprise Architecture and Pat Barton's on Enterprise Resource Planning: Factors Affecting Success and Failure. both talk about the process of creating IT enterprise systems from a relatively positive and more or less rational perspective, and both make perfect sense. But Stephanie Gurlen's discussion paper on http://www.umsl.edu/~sauter/analysis/6840_f03_papers/gurlen/ is perhaps more to the point; the phenomenon that she describes and categorizes with that memorable phrase is a more or less constant fact of organizational life. Structural, professional, and personal forces all work in combination to make the IT service/planning interface problematical. Organizational politics alone would make the job difficult; add in communication difficulties, jargon and expression differences, differing frames of professional reference, and just plain personality conflicts and you have a recipe for a serious misalignment. The person at the center of all this swirling chaos tends to be the chief information officer (CIO) of the organization. There's no doubt that superior management can make a big difference in achieving or not achieving planning alignment, or at least in making clear when and why alignment is less than perfect. Much of what the CIO does is to explain to both sides why the other is as it is. Here are two articles describing how CIOs play this key middle-ground role: Lannon, R. (2009). 7 Steps to Kick-Start your Strategic Planning Process. Retrieved from http://www.legacybowes.com/latest-blog-posts/entry/7-steps-to-kick-start-your-strategic-planning-process.html Scott, J. (2011, April 21). How to craft actionable business strategy from the bottom up. CIO. Retrieved from http://www.cio.com/article/680163/How_to_Craft_Actionable_Business_Strategy_from_the_Bottom_Up Demand Media. (2011). Sources for business strategies. Business Strategy Examples. Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/business-strategy-examples/ Case Assignment When you've had a chance to read through these articles, and look through the background material for additional information regarding this phenomenon and other parts of the IT planning process, and consult any other resources that seem helpful to you on this matter, then please compose a 4- to 5-page paper on the topic: •Most effective CIO strategy for effective strategic IT planning Submit your paper upon completion. Use information from the modular background readings as well as any good quality resource you can find. Please cite all sources and provide a reference list at the end of your paper. Assignment Expectations (50 points total) Length: Follow the number of pages required in the assignment excluding cover page and references. Each page should have about 300 words. Assignment-driven criteria (25 points): Demonstrates clear understanding of the subject and addresses all key elements of the assignment. Critical thinking (10 points): Demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem. Shows analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of required material. Scholarly writing (5 points): Demonstrates writing proficiency at the academic level of the course; addresses the Learning Outcomes of the assignment. Quality of references (4 points) and assignment organization (3 points): Uses relevant and credible sources to support assertions. Assignment is well organized and follows the structure of a well-written paper. Citing sources (3 points): Uses in-text citations and properly formats references in APA style.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 07/31/2015 12:00 am
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