Information Technology Strategy Development

Discussion Board
Unit: Information Technology Strategy Development
Discuss the management of the process by which policies and strategies relating to technology are formed.
Primary Task Response: Your first task is to post your own Key Assignment Outline to the discussion area so that other students are able to

2nd DUE
Individual Project
Unit: Information Technology Strategy Development
4–5 pages of new material
Key Assignment Draft
Your written Assignment Draft should be 15–20 pages in length (excluding the Cover page and Reference page). The new content for this week should be 4–5 pages in length.
Create document in Word that contains the following elements:
Title page
Course number and name
Project name
Your name
Date
Table of contents
Autogenerated
Up-to-date
Maximum of 3 levels deep
Section headings
Each week, you should have added a section to your Business Strategy and Management Plan and submitted it for grading. Each section should contain the following:
Qualitative Evaluation of the Industry’s Strategic Position (Week 1 IP)
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 (Week 2 IP)
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 (Week 3 IP)
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 (Week 4 IP)
See the section for New Content below.
All sources should be cited using in-text references and in the References section using APA format.
New Content
Your company has decided to move forward with the acquisition of the smaller company as described in the Phase 1 Individual Project. 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.
Your Strategic Business Plan should include the following features:
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

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