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TITLE I.S. Strategic Analysis and Enterprise Computing

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION This unit consists of a number of concepts related to strategic analysis of information systems and enterprise computing.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems will include:
- History and background to ERP systems;
- Anatomy of ERP systems;
- Different business contexts and reasons for ERP adoption;
- Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for ERP implementation;
- ERP implementation and its effects.

Other important systems supporting the enterprise, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) and Manufacturing systems, and their relationships to ERP systems, will also be explored.

Strategic Analysis Toolkit will include SWOT analysis, 5 forces modes among others.
Strategic Information Systems (SIS) planning methodologies will be discussed within a practical scenario.

Identifying their importance within organisations.

Another area covered in this unit is competitive advantages and business drivers.

The unit shall give practical insight to structure as to how the organisations can gauge their process effectiveness and identify opportunity to make their value adding activities more efficient as well as measurable.

Distributed Systems, Data warehousing, and Resource. These are explained from the management point of view. Their use as a strategic tool as well as simulation of decision environments will be discussed in this unit.

Study-unit Aims:

- To acquire a good knowledge of how strategic information systems affect organisations;
- To appreciate some of the newer business integrating IS technologies;
- To understand how process maturity can be assessed;
- To outline the capability maturity model and demonstrate its application to industry;
- To review BPR case studies and show benefit realised;
- To understand the impact and implications of implementing ERP and other systems designed to support the enterprise.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Acquire an in-depth knowledge of this strategic knowledge of IT;
- Understand the importance of long term ICT planning;
- Understand from the management perspective between business and IT;
- Appreciate the various social, legal and stakeholder factors in IT;
- To understand the concepts behind BPR, TQM, CMR and BR;
- To provide the tools for applying techniques to industry;
- To be able to articulate business cases for implementing such approaches;
- Make reflection and self-assessment of their phase of study.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Develop the ICT component of a business strategy;
- Understand how one might approach the implementation of an integrated ERP system to manage an organisation;
- Articulate a business case;
- Assess process against their maturity and skills level.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Wendy Robson, Strategic Management and Information Systems, Pitman ISBN-13: 978-0273615910
- L Willcocks et al, Managing IT as a strategic resource, Mc Graw Hill ISBN-13: 978-0077093648
- D S J Remenyi, Strategic Information Systems Planning (SISP), Blackwell ISBN 0850128145
- Chaffy Dave, E-Business and E-Commerce Management, Prentice Hall ISBN-13: 978-0273719601

Students will be expected as part of the course duration to familiarise themselves with current readings in the subject and in particular keep up to date with the following information sites:

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Presentation Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 60%


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