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Information Systems for Strategic Planning

Just need a little more knowledge and information (lecture notes) on Information Systems Strategic Planning.

1. What are the reasons that IS strategic plan is physically, technically and philosophically dynamic?

2. Define hyper-competition. How has it become an exhausting treadmill for information system organization? How does it challenge conventional strategic thinking to renew itself?

3. What characteristics identify with the era called the information age?

4. What is the relationship between data warehousing and strategic thinking? How does data warehousing allow the organizations to compete?

5. How could one strategically plan and implement an ecommerce venture?

7. Why creating an internal marketplace is a desirable structure?

8. What are some of the problems associated with macro and micro deign that is important in strategic planning>

9. What is the importance of alignment? Why must alignment walk a delicate balance between "maximizing current uniformity while not squashing the diversity required to seed tomorrow's adaptability?

10. What are several reasons administration is the most important capability of an organization? Why will it interfere with the strategic planning process?

11. What is the role and importance of Dynamics Issues Management? Should it be included in the strategic planning process?

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1. What are the reasons that IS strategic plan is physically, technically and philosophically dynamic?
The IS strategic plan is physically dynamic because it has to be changed from time to time. It is technically dynamic because during the course of the implementation of the plan new technologies may emerge and plan needs to be modified to accommodate the technical changes. It is philosophic because the breath of the outlook of the plan may have to change mid-way. For instance, an IS strategic plan for the company's operations in the US may have to be modified to cover branches all over the world.

2. Define hyper-competition. How has it become an exhausting treadmill for information system organization? How does it challenge conventional strategic thinking to renew itself?
Hyper competition happens when companies concentrate on competing on price and reduce their costs of production. They try and perfect their methods of production by emulating the 'best' practices of other makers. As the companies strive to become more efficient, the profit margin droops.
For information system organizations this can become exhausting because each keeps on copying what its competitors is doing to become more efficient. The increase in efficiency is marginal but this leads to a competition of attrition and the profit margins become very thin indeed.
Hyper-competition challenges conventional strategic thinking to move away from this strategy of incremental improvements. The companies must adopt a an improvement that is equivalent of a strategic leap. Otherwise companies should strive to differentiate their products and compete on the basis of differentiation.

3. What characteristics identify with the era called the information age?
There is a movement away from physical manufacturing and production of goods to production of information (goods). This is a change in focus. There is a greater use of wireless communication and digital communication. There is a higher use of internet and great importance is given to innovation. Most importantly, there is a widespread use of information technology.
From another perspective in the information age there is a widespread use of computers for retrieving information, sending information, manipulation of information, storing and protecting of information. Currently, the use of personal computers and internet has permeated the homes ...

Solution Summary

Information systems for strategic planning are discussed. The reasons the strategic plan is physically, technically, and philosophically dynamic is discussed.

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