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What is a steering committee

The Big Wheeled Bike Company manufactures exercise bicycles. The company was formed five years ago and has experienced a 50% annual growth rate. The company is organized by function, with vice presidents for manufacturing, marketing, finance, accounting, and general administration. The firm operates a small mainframe computer, which runs batch applications for all five departments. The manufacturing system also includes an online system to schedule production and provide inventory stocking levels. The manager of the computer department (DP) reports to the vice president of general administration.

Because of the company's rapid growth, department managers has demanded more computer support and reporting but due to the limited computer resources, their requests have not been fulfilled. The vice president of manufacturing complained about this lack of support to the company president. He prepared a proposal for a state-of-the-art manufacturing system that would operate on personal computers linked with a local area network. He argued that his department would be able to pay for this system with increased efficiency and functionality.

The president recently received a request from the vice president of general administration to fund a significant upgrade of the firm's mainframe computer system to handle the workload. The finance and accounting divisions have recently purchased several personal computers and are planning to request funds for additional hardware purchases along with a new file server to connect them.

The president realizes the importance of adequate computer resources to the firm's operations but has begun to wonder whether there is sufficient control and adequate planning for the acquisition and use of computer resources. The president thinks forming a steering committee might help solve these problems.

Required: What is a steering committee and what role can they play in planning for the acquisition of new computers. What initial actions should this new committee take?

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Steering committee for information technology purpose can be defined as a high level group of experts or a type of governance body that reviews, monitors, prioritizes IT projects or IT related decisions in the organization from cross functional perspective as well as ...

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What is a steering committee and what role can they play in planning for the acquisition of new computers. What initial actions should this new committee take?

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