As time goes on there has been a recognition that information technology (IT) is becoming more and more integrated in businesses and organizations. But as it is, IT is only as successful as how aligned the information system (IS) development is within the company. This is where SISP comes into play. One issue is that there is raised pressure to leverage importance of SISP, and is a key issue to top management.
The Main Purpose
Basically SISP helps to find computer-based applications in order to better assist organizations. This helps them to use their business plans and reach business goals. So in this it helps to identify and use IS to reach both goals, objectives, and affect strategy. If it isn’t used correctly it instead can cause lost opportunities and waste money on resources not needed.
IS can be considered a strategic part of an organization. It helps conducting of daily activities, supports decision making, and works correctly in timely manners. There are four areas that IS can be considered a strength in:
1. It helps to gain competitive advantages
2. It helps increase productivity/performance
3. It enables new ways in management and organization
4. It assists to create new business opportunities
How Does SISP Work?
As to how the strategy works depends on how the customer wants the IS to be used in their organization. But SISP brings users and professionals together in order to help build a mutual understanding of what the information systems do and what problems can arise from them. This helps to create priorities in development. What the customer and professional does is rank systems in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and value to the company or organization that is considering switching systems.
The Five Phases of SISP
It can help build barriers against new entrants, change the competition, create new products to sell, and find cost-effective methods between they themselves as the customer with their suppliers. There are five phases in SISP:
1. The new business plan incorporating IT
2. Information systems assessment
3. Information systems vision
4. Information systems guidelines
5. New strategic initiatives
Four Objectives when Implementing
This is for both public and private organizations, as it is an incredibly important step in the entire process. SISP is only as good as how the organization implements and uses the ideas given. This in turn will decide how successful the company will be in the future. Always plan ahead as adopting IS creates a huge expense.
There are four objectives when implementing the new information systems:
4. Marked improvement of capabilities
SISP improvements are considered a major challenge today for IS executives. Planning has to be successful in order to find out potential strategic impacts of IS. One thing to make sure of is, IS has to be planned and aligned with organization planning or it won’t work correctly. If it is aligned correctly then there will be fewer problems with the new hardware and software, along with a smooth and effective implementation of plans.