Planning IT

Planning IT

1st Edition - January 1, 1935

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  • Author: David J Silk
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483227085

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Planning IT provides a framework for assessing and improving the practice of information management in organizations. It describes the ways in which senior managers can diagnose the situation in their enterprise and generate an appropriate action plan. The book thus helps the manage, to make a more proactive and informed response to the opportunities of modern information technology and information systems. Comprised of nine chapters, this book begins with an introduction to six guidelines for information management: establish an information management partnership; distinguish the potential benefits of information technology and information systems; think strategically about information management; identify the benefits and their value; manage the achievement of the benefits; and prepare for the future. The next six chapters address each of these guidelines in more detail, and each chapter ends with a set of questions which the manager should consider in the context of himself/herself and his/her enterprise. This will produce a score, and some action points, as part of an information management audit. The eighth chapter explains how to produce a consolidated action plan, structured according to the time scale of the individual actions (short- or long-term) and according to whether they are personal or team actions in the enterprise. The last chapter consolidates the book's main points and exhorts the manager to action. This monograph is intended for both senior managers and non-specialists in information technology.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction

    The Aim of this Book

    The Approach

    The Structure

    The Six Guidelines

    The Information Management Audit

    The Action Plan


    Chapter 2. The Information Management Partnership


    The Top Manager

    The Middle Manager/User

    The IT Professional

    Organizational Measures

    Taking Stock


    Chapter 3. The Generic Benefits of IT/IS


    Managers Direct Resources to Achieve Results

    Systems for Efficiency

    Systems for Effectiveness

    Systems for Strategic Advantage

    Practical Points

    Taking Stock


    Chapter 4. How to Think Strategically


    Senior Managers and Strategy

    Strategic Thinking

    The IM Challenge

    The Internal View

    The External View

    The Information Strategy

    Taking Stock


    Chapter 5. Identifying the Benefits, and their Value


    Sharpening the Business Case

    The Business Case: Current Practice

    Example: Retail System

    Example: Marketing System

    The Investment Culture

    Taking Stock


    Chapter 6. Managing the Achievement of the Benefits


    What is an Information System?

    Managing the Project

    Managing the People

    Managing the Benefits

    Taking Stock


    Chapter 7. Preparing for the Future


    A Future Built on the Past

    A Future Built on Sand - Literally

    A Future Built on Sand - Metaphorically

    Taking Stock


    Chapter 8. Drawing it Together: The Action Plan


    Developing the Action Plan

    Hints for Guideline 1 - Establish an Information Management Partnership (See Chapter 2)

    Hints for Guideline 2 - Distinguish the Potential Benefits of IT/IS (See Chapter 3)

    Hints for Guideline 3 - Think Strategically About Information Management (See Chapter 4)

    Hints for Guideline 4 - Identify the Benefits, and their Value (See Chapter 5)

    Hints for Guideline 5 - Manage the Achievement of the Benefits (See Chapter 6)

    Hints for Guideline 6 - Prepare for the Future (See Chapter 7)

    Chapter 9. Conclusion

    Where are we now?

    Where do we want to be?

    How will we get there?

    Appendix 1: Information Management Audit: Forms

    Appendix 2: Action-Plan Forms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1935
  • Published: January 1, 1935
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483227085

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David J Silk

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