Is Integration – cmgt583 (3 credits)

This course will focus on the integration of the IS function and the information technology architecture within the enterprise. The alignment of IT with the strategy of the organization will be examined considering the decisions related to information technology architecture.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Emerging Technology and the Future of IT

  • Describe the role of new technologies and how they continue to impact business.
  • Explain the evolution and current state of trends in IT.
  • Describe how IT is reshaping the organizations of today.

Value of Information Technology (IT) to an Organization

  • Describe the critical elements that make up business and IT organizations in the current technology evolution.
  • Describe the links and activities between business strategy and IT strategy that demonstrate the value of information. 
  • Compare and contrast business processes with their relationship to information systems (IS). 
  • Assess the complementary assets required for IT to provide value to a business.

Role of IT Leadership

  • Evaluate the role played by IT systems that serve various levels of management in a business and their relationship to each other.
  • Describe the elements that create successful partnerships between business management and IS management.
  • Describe some attributes of chief information officers (CIOs) that contribute to their effectiveness.
  • Describe several attributes that differentiate leaders from managers in IT.

Vendor Strategies and Evaluation of Program Integration

  • Analyze the differences among developing software in-house; outsourcing various pieces, and purchasing it from an application service provider (ASP), including strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Identify the various reasons IT management may choose strategic outsourcing partnerships.
  • Describe methods of integration for vendor strategies in IT and business.

Measuring Value

  • Compare and contrast the effectiveness IT metric with the efficiency IT metric.
  • Describe the methods a firm might use to determine the economic value of IT, as it relates to creating competitive advantages.
  • Evaluate models for assessing the business value of IS.
  • Describe why standard business financial ratios and measurements are not effective indicators of IT performance.

Strategic Alignment

  • Describe effective strategies IT management may use to work in harmony with business and still maintain its competitive edge.
  • Describe methods used to integrate new IT technologies into business.
  • Identify various strengths and weaknesses of new IT technologies, and how they impact business operations. 

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