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UMUC IFSM301 IT Decision Paper




Question;IT;Decision Paper;Before;you begin this assignment, be sure you have read the ?Wobbly Wheels Case;Study,? any feedback on your proposed IT project from your ITSP Part 2;assignment, and the previously assigned chapters in the textbook.;Purpose;of this Assignment;This;assignment gives you the opportunity to apply the course concepts to develop an;IT Decision Paper to explain and defend an IT project at Wobbly Wheels;Distribution Company (WW). This assignment specifically addresses the following;course outcomes to enable you to;?;Apply best practices in;information technology management and governance to make, defend, and justify;an IT decision.;IT;Decision Paper for Your Proposed IT Project;For;your ITSP, Part 2, you proposed an IT project for WW. Carol, the CIO at WW, has;asked you to write an IT Decision Paper to explain your proposed project. She;wants to use the Paper to gain approval from the Governance Board to move;forward with the project. This assignment uses a format for a Decision Paper that;has been tailored to the course material covered in this class. You may work;for an organization that has a format for IT decision papers, and it would be a;good idea for you to take a look at it, but it will likely be structured a;little differently from this one. Each organization develops tools and;techniques that will work for them.;Assignment;You;will develop an IT Decision Paper, using the outline below. Each of the topics;to be included in your outline is covered in the textbook readings assigned thus;far, use the Index to locate specific relevant portions of the text, and to;locate additional ideas that may be included in chapters not yet assigned. In;addition to the course materials, at least one external resource;(resource other than those provided in the class) must be used. A separate;References page should be included. Remember to use the APA formatting rules;and correctly cite and reference your sources with APA format. Use the Grading;Rubric to be sure you have covered everything. Submit your paper as a Microsoft;Word document, or a document that can be read using Word, with your last;name included in the filename.;Please;use this outline to build your IT Decision Paper. Use the numbering and headings shown below.;Project;Description ? In two or three sentences;describe the IT project you proposed for WW in Part 2 of your ITSP.;Describe what major function(s) the system would perform and who would use;it. (Do not provide a technical description with hardware, software, etc.);Strategic Alignment;? In a short paragraph, explain how the proposed project aligns to the;business strategic objectives in Part 1 of your ITSP, and how the proposed;project aligns to the IT strategies in Part 2 of your ITSP. Your proposed;project must be aligned directly with at least one business strategic;objective and one IT strategy shown in your ITSP.;IT Portfolio Alignment;? Briefly explain where this project fits into the IT Portfolio roadmap;you included in Part 2 of your ITSP. What functional area does it support?;Where should it be included in the timeline ? i.e., should it take;priority or be done before another project in the IT Portfolio?;3/29/2014 1;IT;Architecture ? Briefly explain how;this project fits in with other systems in place or in development at WW.;Explain whether it should interface with (share data of any kind with);other systems either in place or in development. Explain whether it;replaces another system or multiple systems in use at WW. Refer to the;Inventory of Current IT Projects in Part 1 of your ITSP and the IT;Portfolio in Part 2 of your ITSP.;Benefits;Describe at a high level at least three benefits the project provides to;WW. The benefits should correspond to the business strategies and the;strategic alignment discussed in section 2 above. Refer to Chapter 8;section on Value Attainment.;Requirements;? List and briefly explain the high level requirements for the project.;First, explain the primary driver of the project (major need of the;business identified in the Case Study). Refer to Chapter 15 and use the;textbook index for additional information about requirements. Develop at;least 8 requirements for the project, and include;Business/user;requirementsIT/system;requirementsAt;least one system performance requirement;Cost Estimation;- During the Assessment Phase, Cost Estimation consists of estimating the;size and complexity of the project, not the effort required or the actual;projected dollar costs. Copy the table below and place an X (or other;indication) in the box that most closely describes the size and complexity;of your proposed solution. Use your judgment and then write a short;paragraph to introduce and explain the assessments in your table. Refer to;Chapter 17, Cost Estimation, especially the Assessment Phase, described;under Figure 17.2.;Assessment;of Project Size and Complexity;Size/Complexity;Small;Medium;Large;Very;Complex;Moderately;Complex;Straightforward;8. Performance;Measures ? This section explains how WW will know;whether the project is achieving the benefits identified above in section 5.;Review the benefits, and take a look at the requirements you identified, and;come up with three performance measures that will indicate the extent to which;the projected benefits have been achieved. (For example, if you had identified;a benefit that the project would result in more repeat customers, then a;measurement for that would be the number of repeat customers with the goal that;the number would increase.) Refer to Chapter 11, section on Measure Performance;and Make it Visible, just under figure 11.4, also Chapter 21, section on;Performance Measurement. This may be a good area to do some web research. The;measures should be presented in a table with an introductory sentence or two;Benefit to;Business;Measure;1.(example: increase in repeat customers);(example: number of repeat customers);2.;3.;System Development;- Describe how you will use the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC);process to approach this project. Include the 5 stages covered in the;textbook: Plan, Design;3/29/2014 2;Build, Test, Launch. In two to three;sentences each, explain how each stage would be handled by Carol?s IT team and;who else in WW should be involved in each stage. Refer to Chapter 13.;The;right" and "wrong" answers have to do with whether or not;you correctly incorporated the course concepts from the textbook and addressed;all parts of the assignment. You need to do some external research on at least;one aspect of the assignment - your choice - and incorporate it and;cite/reference it in APA format in your response. The project you propose is;not as important as that it makes sense in light of the course content and the;Case Study. Use the Rubric below to be sure you have covered all aspects of the;assignment.


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