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2nd Edition

A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning

ISBN 9780849350733
Published October 14, 2005 by Auerbach Publications
394 Pages 108 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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"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