Information Technology Project Management

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The company that you are working for is considering buying another smaller firm. However, there is some business analysis needed for your company to make its final decision about purchasing. Throughout this course, you will be working on creating the Business Strategy and Management Plan.20–25 pages in length (excluding the Cover page and Reference page). APA Format w/ in-text citations. 15-20 references total for full assignment.

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Create document in Word that contains the following elements:

  • Title page
  • Table of contents
    • Autogenerated
    • Up-to-date
    • Maximum of 3 levels deep
  • Section headings

Business Strategy & Management Plan – Each section should contain the following:

  • Qualitative Evaluation of the Industry’s Strategic Position (4-5 Pages)
    • Choose an aspect of the information technology (IT) industry that has not been previously used as an example in this course. Use Porter’s five forces to make a qualitative evaluation of the industry’s strategic position. Be sure to explain each of the five forces as well as explain how they relate to your chosen industry.
      • Note: The mobile phone industry was provided as an example in the video material and may not be used as the subject for this assignment.
    • Remember to include the following elements (Porter’s five forces):
      • Threat of new entrants: Are new entrants being attracted to the market, and are there barriers to entry in the industry?
      • Threat of substitute products or services: Are there other products that could be alternatives to offerings in the chosen industry?
      • Bargaining power of customers: What degree of bargaining power do the buyers have in terms of putting the industry under pressure to provide more products or less cost?
      • Bargaining power of suppliers: What is the importance of raw materials, components, labor, and services that are required for the industry, and are there substitutes for those inputs? Discuss the possibility of switching suppliers, if necessary.
      • Intensity of competitive rivalry: Does the industry have a sustainable competitive advantage?
  • Strategic Information Systems Assessment (4-5 Pages) – Determining the information technology (IT) management strategy that will work best for an organization requires that an assessment of the current state of the organization is conducted.
    • Analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for the case study organization that are related to its present information systems environment.
    • Assess the forces that are presently governing competition for the case study organization.
    • Using Wiseman’s framework of strategy development, define the strategic thrusts (and related advantages) that the case study organization should use to build a business case for implementing an information systems management plan.
  • Information Systems Business Case (4-5 Pages) – Building a business case for an information technology (IT) strategy is essential to demonstrate that there is an alignment between the IT that is implemented in the organization and the overall goals and objectives of the organization. Being able to build a business case means that the investment in resources can be justified.
    • Based on the information contained in the Business Systems Plan and the Strategic Information Systems Assessment, write an IT strategy statement that details the following:
      • Critical success factors for the IT manager
      • A general strategy for how the IT department will determine congruence between the goals of the IT department and the goals and objectives of the case study organization
      • A general strategy for how the IT department will support the goals and objectives of the case study organization
  • Strategic Business Plan (4-5 Pages) – Your company has decided to move forward with the acquisition of the smaller company as described in the first section (Qualitative Evaluation of the Industry’s Strategic Position ). Your company was impressed with the information that you provided about Porter’s five factors and your qualitative evaluation of the industry’s strategic position. Your management has now asked you to create a Strategic Business Plan for the newly acquired company. You must provide this new plan and incorporate the information about Porter’s five factors.
    • Executive summary
    • Marketing analysis
      • You should identify a target market.
      • You should establish a strategy for acquiring a customer base.
    • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis
    • Financial statements
    • Summary of the relevance of Porter’s five factors
    • Conclusion
  • Project Management Plan (4-5 Pages) – Your company has purchased the smaller company that was discussed in the Qualitative Evaluation of the Industry’s Strategic Position and Strategic Business Plan Section. Your input was greatly valued. Senior management believes that you have a firm grasp on how to handle the new business; therefore, you have been assigned the role of project manager.

Your boss has asked you to write a Project Management Plan. Your plan should contain the following sections:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

In addition, your plan should touch upon the following components:

  • Integration
  • Cost
  • Human resources
  • Stakeholder management
  • Scope
  • Quality
  • Communications
  • Time
  • Procurement
  • Risk management

These components should be worked into the sections of your assignment noted above.

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