Information Technology Strategic Planning

Information Technology Strategic PlanningEvery company must define its medium- and long-term goals. For this reason, business managers must design an organization’s plan, in which they include the strategy to follow. Once the company has established its plan and strategy, all functional areas of the organization must develop their plans, which must be aimed at supporting the organization’s strategy. Today, Information Technology and Systems (IT/IS) play a significant role in the business performance. The IT/IS department should analyze and interpret the organization’s plan and strategy to be able to design a strategic plan aligned with the objectives and goals established in the organization’s plan. This department should also evaluate existing systems and technology and IT infrastructure in order to identify the need for technology solutions and provide recommendations to the company in order to improve its execution and help create new sustainable competitive advantages.

Strategic planning provides a theoretical framework, so that managers and executives of organizations can be able to outline the actions to be taken to direct the companies towards the future they envision. It is through strategic planning that executives map out actions and manage resources and human capital, based on a mission and a clear vision of the organization and its destination. In this course, students will learn about the importance of information systems as useful tools that contribute to the achievement of the organization’s objectives and goals and the importance of strategic planning in IT/IS. They will also learn to analyze current technologies and systems, and to identify the needs for improvements or the acquisition of new technology solutions. In addition, they will learn to evaluate and consider information technologies and systems that offer competitive advantages to the organization, and to formulate IT/IS strategies that are aligned with the objectives and goal established in the organization’s strategic plan. Finally, they will have the opportunity to develop a strategic information systems plan for an organization.