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What Exactly is Strategic Information Systems Planning (SISP)?

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This is based off of Dr. Bozarth’s research on ERP implementation efforts in 2006. It’s based off of two arguments.

Arguments For…

1. A firm’s information systems investment needs to be aligned up to what the business strategy is.
2. Company’s best achieve IS-based alignment and/or competitive advantages through following proactive, formal and comprehensive actions. This includes development of a broad list of requirements that the organization has to build themselves.

Six Areas in Defining…

There are six areas that help to define a strong SISP process:

1. Comprehensiveness – This is where the said company tries to create and implement strategic decisions to the best of their abilities.

2. Formalization – This is where structure, techniques, procedures and policies are all written down. This is to help complete the planning process as a whole that will help to guide the company.

3. Focus – Targeting solutions that looks at both opportunities and possible threats to their system. Key is that it has to underscore control. This is done through budgeting, resource allocation and good management of assets.

4. Top-Down Flow – This is something that has to be adopted fully by management down to the staff in order to work.

5. Broad Participation – Participation has to be followed.  This makes sure that all areas of the company implement new changes due to decisions being made by top-level managers. All stakeholders and areas where the changes are being implemented have to know what’s going on.  When will the changes will take place?

6. High Consistency – When using SISP conduct numerous meetings.  The new process has to be periodically reassessed to make sure that the new strategies are being used.

Planning Ahead…

There needs to be a development of some kind of top-down plan in order to better connect upcoming information systems strategies to business needs. Classes will have to be conducted.  Orientation of employees to new steps will need to be done in order to familiarize them to new actions. It will also help with organizing, controlling and planning of the new IT functions.

 

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