Strategic Information Systems Planning

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Strategic information systems planning is a crucial component of business in the 21st century. From the smallest of businesses to multi-national corporations, successful use of IT and IS drive fundamental business processes, help business cope with increasing marketplace demands, and form an integral basis for competitive advantage. This paper will discuss strategic information systems planning, information technology, information systems, and how they affect competitive advantage, business planning, and drive change. The paper will also discuss how internal, external, and environmental factors influence strategic information systems planning and the development and use of IT and IS. According to Kearns and Lederer, information…show more content…
However, Teubner’s FSC did not use IT and IS as a catalyst for competitive advantage, but rather used it to support and sustain the competitive advantages that it already possessed. What role should IT and IS play in an organization? Kearns and Lederer believe that strategic information systems planning should integrated into business planning and be a core focus of management. However, Teubner’s FSC seemed to departmentalize IT and IS and use SISP in a reactionary implementation rather than utilize information systems as an organization wide progressive strategy. And in the case of Buhalis’ airline study, information technologies pushed the envelope of what their industry was capable of and were the catalyst behind the evolution of business planning and strategy. It seems that the role that strategic information systems planning, information technology, and information systems play in an organization varies by industry and internal and external environmental factors. While IT and IS may have different roles in different organizations, it seems that the goals of IT and IS are fairly consistent. Sales growth, effectiveness, quality, productivity, and most importantly, profitability are all goals that organizations want information technology to help them achieve. However, research cannot find a direct link between IT
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