Too Far Ahead of the It Curve? Essay

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Too Far Ahead of the IT Curve?
Executive summary
Peachtree has grown rapidly and are facing problems with its IT infrastructure. It needs to look for a better solution. There are two options proposed to solve the issue whether to use a monolithic enterprise software system which is a single set of systems and applications and completes consistency across all of the hospitals but lack of flexibility for doctors and costly or to implement SOA which is a modular system with flexibility to go after selective standardization but risky as new technology. To select the new approach, Peachtree need to consider some criteria in respect to business, IT and medical perspectives such as costs vs. benefits, health care environment, desired outcomes,
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Criteria
Business perspective: * Cost/benefit analysis: compare cost over time * Health care environment * Company’s mission and objectives * Desired outcome
IT perspective: * System implementation * IT services and support * Immediate and practical solutions * Response to constant change

Medical perspective: * Life or death * Efficiency
Alternatives and recommendation
Alternatives
1. Keep the current system Pros: * Keep the status quo * No cost | Cons: * Does not solve the current problem * Does not meet the mission and objectives |

2. Implement a monolithic enterprise software system Pros: * Create homogeneous infrastructure * Complete interoperability and consistency * Unify patient records database | Cons: * Cost 500 million to a billion or more (5-7 years) * Need to redesign of every business process |

3. Adopt SOA Pros: * Provide flexibility to go after selective standardization * Provide agility * Can try on a limited scale and move forward in small steps to lower risk * Is flexible on price because of

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