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A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning

2nd Edition

By Anita Cassidy

Auerbach Publications

394 pages | 108 B/W Illus.

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The foundation of a successful information systems strategic plan is the recognition that business direction and requirements must drive the IS strategy and computing architecture. A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning, Second Edition outlines a systematic approach to guide you through the development of an effective IS plan that is formulated from your company's business plan.

This volume outlines a quick and easy approach with concepts, techniques, and templates for analyzing, organizing, communicating, and implementing an IS strategy. This approach unites an organization in a collaborative effort resulting in a solid direction that has the support of the entire organization. Establishing this direction cultivates the support of management, enabling necessary strategic IS investments.

With a new look at the role of IS governance in strategic planning, this second edition reflects advances in technology and provides an improved and thorough planning methodology. The strategic planning process outlined in this book has been supplemented by lessons learned from applying the process in numerous companies, cultures, and environments.


"Everyone needs an IT strategy but nobody knows exactly what one is, let alone how to build one. Anita Cassidy has written the definitive how-to book for a traditionally fuzzy field."

Bob Lewis, President, IT Catalysts

"A well defined IT strategy provides the cornerstone for any IS organization wishing to distinguish itself as a value added business enabler. This is a clear and practical guide for developing such a strategy. Keep it handy, you'll be using it frequently."

Ruth Dessel, CIO, Metropolitan Council

"I read the first edition and now luckily the second. Cassidy's methodology has been enhanced and lifted to the next level. This edition contains new real world examples, checklists, and templates. It is a must read (and follow) for all IT managers."

Keith Guggenberger, Senior Vice President of Operations , Starkey Laboratories

Table of Contents

Purpose of Information Systems Strategic Planning

Benefits of Information Systems Planning

Planning Approach


IS Governance

Definition of Governance

Importance of Governance

Approaches to Governance

Involvement of the Organization

Executive Management

IS Steering Committee


IS Organization

Implementation Team


The Planning Process

Planning Components

Planning Process


Plan Development


The Visioning Phase

Initiate and Manage the Project

Understand the Business Situation and Vision

Document and Confirm the Business Analysis

Business Requirements


The Analysis Phase

Understanding the Current IS Situation

Analyzing the Current IS Situation

Developing Recommendations and Solution Alternatives


The Direction Phase

Developing the IS Vision and Direction

Developing the IS Plan

Identifying IS Projects


The Recommendation Phase

Develop a Road Map

Develop a Business Case

Communicate the Plan


Next Steps






Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Information Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology