Need A Final Paper

Need A Final Paper

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed: I. Organization A. Structure and Organization: Describe the current organizational structure and background information of the company as a whole. How does the organization organize its internal and external communication? What is the age of the organization? What is the organizational structure? Include the following: 1. What is the number of employees? 2. What is the organizational decision-making structure? 3. What is the size of the IT budget (summary amount, not detailed, at this point)? 4. What kinds of technology are used in the organization? B. Customer Profile: Analyze the customer profile of the company as a whole to determine possible competitive issues that could be IT-related. What is the size and type of community? Who is the primary customer? What is the size of the customer/end-user base? What is the demographic profile of the customer or end user? C. IT Values: What are the IT values of the organization? Analyze the organizational values as indicated by policies, public releases, or noted actions of the company. Some things to consider include: 1. How does the organization deal with intellectual property rights? 2. What is the privacy policy of the organization? 3. What is the technology usage policy? 4. How does the organization ensure the accuracy of the data it stores? 5. How does the organization ensure data accessibility, while ensuring data security? 6. What, if any, governance policies are implemented within the organization? D. Internal Standards: What are the existing internal rules and standards for information technology governance? Describe the existing policies and standards within the organization to establish a baseline for appropriate practice. II. IT Visions and Missions A. IT Vision: What is the ideal vision of how your information technology department fits into the overall organization? What is the role that IT plays in the organization? Articulate your clear and reasonable ideal vision for the roles and responsibilities of the IT department (or IT subgroup) within the organization. B. IT Mission: What is the IT mission of the organization? Craft an IT mission statement that represents your vision, represents the values of the organization, and speaks to the impact of IT on business opportunity and competitive advantage. III. IT Department SWOT Analysis A. Strengths: What are the internal strengths of the organization’s IT department as they pertain to the use of technology? Analyze the organization to determine the strengths regarding use of technology. B. Weaknesses: What are the internal weaknesses of the organization’s IT department as they pertain to the use of technology? Analyze the organization to determine the organizational weaknesses that are related to information technology. C. Opportunities: What are the opportunities of the organization’s IT department as they pertain to the use of technology? Analyze the organization and use of information technology to determine opportunities related to IT that could add to the competitive advantage of the organization or present business opportunity. D. Threats: What are the threats to the organization’s IT department as they pertain to the use of technology? Analyze the organization and use of information technology to determine pertinent threats to the organization. E. SWOT Summary: Based upon the SWOT analysis, summarize the conclusions you’ve reached and issues you’ve identified related to information technology within the context of the organization’s IT department, its sustainability, and its health. IV. Strategic Initiatives: You will craft four to six strategic IT initiatives for your department or subgroup that, as a set of initiatives, adhere to the following: A. IT Department SWOT: Your strategic IT initiatives should represent your conclusions from the IT department SWOT. In other words, the initiatives you create should be aligned with identified strengths and opportunities of the IT department and address identified weaknesses and threats. B. Vision, Mission, Values: Your IT initiatives should align to the values of the organization and the IT values of your own department, as well as with the vision you articulated for your group and the mission statement you crafted. C. Ethics and Law: IT initiatives should also model best practices in IT governance, as supported by external and internal IT standards. V. Action Plan: Develop an action plan based on two to four of what you believe are your highest-priority strategic IT initiatives that encapsulates the IT vision and mission, IT department SWOT, and two to four strategic IT initiatives. Your action plan should include all of the relevant considerations for your department and company, as it would if you were to create one for your own company of employment. Your plan should address and include the following: A. Plan: Articulate the steps, timeline, and responsibilities for the action plan in a professional manner by integrating aspects of IT, strategy, and management principles to inform sound decision making. B. Regulations and Standards: Analyze regulations and external information management standards to ensure ethical and legal compliance for each action item. Defend the adherence of each to relative standards, regulations, and internal controls. C. Value Assessment: Provide the rationale for each action item. In other words, assess the value of each action item within the context of the business processes, quality management, or organization impact. D. Fiscal Management: Discuss the high-level impact of each action item on the department and organization in terms of finances and budgetary considerations. This is not intended to be a detailed budget proposal, but a higher-level, broader discussion on the fiscal benefits and costs of the actions you plan to bring forth. You may need to perform some research depending on the type of action plans you are creating. 

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