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You have been asked to develop an IT management plan for a company of your choice. The company seeks to more effectively manage its organizational goals and objectives through the alignment of information technology to strategic goals and objectives. The company that you choose can be real or fictional. The company is looking to improve its information system by managing the information that is created by the organization. Its IT infrastructure is outdated and primarily relies on file systems. The vision of the organization should be clear (qualitative), and each strategic goal and objective should have variables that are measurable (quantitative).

Keep the following things in mind when you are creating the IT Management Plan template:

Create document in Word
Title page
Course number and name
Project name
Student name
Table of contents (autogenerated)
Keep the table of contents up-to-date.
Maximum of 3 levels deep
Section headings
Create each heading on a new page with TBD as the content (except for the sections that are listed under the new content below).

Each week, you will add a section to the IT Management Plan, and submit it for grading. For Week 1, you will create the Business Systems Plan. (Please note that the summaries below for Weeks 2-4 do not need to be completed in Week 1. Just create the section headings at this time). As a preview, each section will contain the following sections:

Business Systems Plan (Week 1 IP)
Using Strassmann's Model of Information Management Superiority, detail how the following variables will be defined in the case study organization:
Business plan alignment
Process Improvement
Resource optimization
Operating excellence
Identify how the following critical success factors will be addressed by the case study organization:
Business management issues
Strategic and competitive issues
Planning and implementation concerns
Operational items
Identify how the variables defined by Strassmann's Model of Information Management Superiority will be measured in the following business results performance areas:

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Please find guidelines and ideas for IT Management Plan for Armstrong World Industries in the attached file.

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Armstrong World Industries is chosen for IT management plan. It is an international designer & manufacturer of floors, ceilings and cabinets. The company was founded by Thomas M. Armstrong, the son of Scottish-Irish in 1860 as a one roof shop. The company operates forty plants in ten countries. Company has approximately 12,300 employees worldwide (Armstrong, 2012).
Business Position
Armstrong World Industries Company is one of the world's leading designers & producers of flooring and ceilings. In addition, Armstrong is one of the top suppliers of cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms in the United States. In the year 2006, the company generated $3.4 billion in revenue. Since then, until 2008, the company's net sales was more or less stabilized, increasing and decreasing by small increments that keep it more or less in a steady state of survival (Alexander, 2008).
Core Molding Technologies Inc, Deswell Industries, Inc and Tupperware Corporation are the major competitors of the Armstrong World Industries Company. This competition is also affecting the growth rate and current revenues of the company. In addition, the productivity and efficiency is also affected by this competition (Thomas & Middleton, 2003). As per the changing business scenario, Armstrong World Industries is strongly focused on the application & practices of information systems and technologies to take the competitive advantages. The main purpose behind this is to take the advantages of competitive scope by utilizing the internal as well as external resources.
IT Management Plan
Information technology management plan is a significant tool that will provide important information to Armstrong World Industries Company for the allocation of best IT resources and funds their investment. The IT management plan provides a comprehensive snapshot of the current IT environment. In addition, it should also be noted ...

Solution Summary

Attainment of a competitive advantage through the understanding is examined.