Application Acquisition And Sourcing –

cmgt413

(3 credits)

This course examines a number of alternatives to be considered when delivery of an information technology application is needed. The evaluation of alternatives such as build versus buy and insourcing or outsourcing are covered along with the considerations for testing and evaluation of information technology decisions. The primary components of a Request for Proposal (RFP) and a Statement of Work (SOW) are examined in this course.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

The IT Business Dynamic

  • Explain the role of IT in helping the organization gain a competitive advantage.
  • Analyze the changing face of business and its importance to the acquisition and maintenance of IT assets.
  • Conduct an IT value-chain analysis.

Application Development and Sourcing

  • Compare sourcing options for application development.
  • Evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of outsourcing versus insourcing.
  • Analyze the issues associated with the Build versus Buy decision.

Hardware and Network Sourcing

  • Identify sourcing issues in networking infrastructures.
  • Assess the buy versus lease decision for different categories of hardware.
  • Explain the advantages and drawbacks of a managed infrastructure.

Procurement

  • Analyze the issues and considerations associated with project procurement management.
  • Create the primary components of the Request for Proposal and Statement of Work.
  • Create a well-structured contract.

Testing, Evaluation, and Benchmarking

  • Explain the importance of testing, evaluation, and benchmarking in any IT sourcing decision.
  • Identify quality issues associated with IT sourcing.
  • Identify opportunities to maintain current knowledge of application acquisition and sourcing methodologies and trends.

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