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Question;Week 1;Discussion;There are;many examples of businesses using IT for strategic purposes. I'd like each;of you to do some research, or draw from your own experience, and tell us;about a company that used some form of information technology for STRATEGIC;purposes. Please be sure to tell us what the strategy was that they were;working toward.;Post your;answer here as a response to this discussion. The company you select can be any business;organization, including the one where you currently work or have worked in the;past (if appropriate). I'm not asking you to reveal company/governmental;secrets. Just use broad terms to describe the business process/strategy that;was addressed and then give a brief description of the technology solution that;was used.;For this;week, every member of the class should do a main posting by Thursday midnight, and;respond to at least two other class members by Sunday midnight. You should;check back to see if I or anyone in the class have a question for you, or a;comment that you want to respond to. Please review the Grading Rubric for;Participation, as shown in the Syllabus under Project Descriptions Additional;Course Information.;Here's an;example of the kind of thing I am looking for from you;The;following article appeared on page B4 (Corporate News section) of the Wall;Street Journal on Tuesday, August 24, 2011. It described a new ticketing;service being implemented by a company that promotes concerts. As I read this;it seemed to me that what was being described was a company that was adding;some technology related to one of their prime business strategies that would;allow them to capture business income associated with that strategy that was;previously unaccessible to them, at least not directly.;Week 2;Discussion;IT Trends;and Predictions for Priorities in the Future;A key;challenge to Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and their staff is the;ever-changing landscape in the Information Technology world. CIOs must be;concerned not only with overseeing the current operation of the IT Department;and how it best supports the business strategy, but they must also be focused;on the years ahead. This is important, first to ensure that today's technology;decisions will likely align and be compatible with future requirements, and;secondly, that the CIO is well versed in the trends so he or she can advise the;business of the potential of technology advancements and concerns. This will;help the organization, overall, to make good business decisions.;The;Gartner Group, is a leading consulting and advisory group. You will find their;web site has interesting information. Also the UMUC library has access to some;subscriber services that provide access to information and reports not;available to the general public (look under Gartner in the database listings).;Their website;;provides;summaries of Gartner's predictions of what the top areas are that will likely;significantly impact IT this year and beyond. The summaries cover many;different aspects of IT.;Each of;you should select one of these predictions and add why you think it is a;significant concern for CIOs and IT staff. What do you think IT needs to;consider based on this? Do a little more research and see if you can find;additional information. Some of these areas may be ones you're not really;familiar with and that's to be expected. But each of you should be able to select;one that "makes sense" to you and address it in your response. Please;take a look at what has been posted by your classmates before choosing your;topic, and then select something that has not yet been discussed, if possible.;We will have duplicates, but let?s try to spread the discussion across as many;of the predictions as possible.;Remember;? your initial posting is due by Thursday midnight, it should be about two;short paragraphs in length and it should be posted by clicking on;Respond". Then, you should reply to at least two different postings;by other classmates before Sunday midnight. Everyone has a responsibility to;check back and see if any questions have been posed to them, and to respond as;you would in a classroom setting.;Week 3;Discussion;Last;week, we covered Business Processes, including Process Improvement through;streamlining and reengineering, and process modeling of both the As-Is and the;To-Be processes.;Drawing;from your own experience, select a process (a set of specified steps to;accomplish a task) used at your place of work or in your interaction with a;business that you would like to see improved. Explain why you picked that;process. Explain how you would go about improving it. Who should be involved with;you? What are some of the questions you should ask about the current process?;How will you know if the process was actually improved?;I am;interested in the method to be used to improve the process, not a;solution. (For example, I am not looking for something like: "The Caf?;where I work is not selling enough coffee. We should use social media to;advertise more." The discussion here is about how the Caf? would go about;deciding how to improve a process, who should be involved, what should be;considered, and what steps should be taken.) You should employ the techniques;discussed in class or those that you find in your research. Remember, outside;resources strengthen your responses.;Remember;you should create a posting in response to the questions above by midnight;Thursday. These postings need to thoroughly respond to the questions. Then you;are to respond to at least two other students? postings with comments;questions and further discussion. If questions are posed, they should be;responded to by the original poster. Let?s have a great discussion and some;interesting examples to take a look at for improving business processes!;REQUIRED;Discussion for Week 4;ast week;we covered the seven primary characteristics of an IT infrastructure (the;?ilities?);Usability;Maintainability;Scalability;Reliability/Availability;Extensibility;Portability;Security;Please;select one of the seven characteristics above and respond with an example of;what this term means in terms of IT architecture and why it is so important to;a solid architecture to support information systems. These terms can be;applied to other aspects of IT and business in general, but the focus here is;on IT architecture. Some additional research will provide specific examples;including what companies have focused on in these areas. Simply typing "IT;Scalability" (or whatever characteristic you select) into your web browser;should provide good results, but be sure to evaluate the sources to make sure;they are relevant to this discussion. Remember to distinguish between objective;articles and vendor's marketing information.;Initial;response posted as response to this main topic must be posted by midnight;Thursday and a minimum of two comments/responses to classmates' postings is;required by Sunday midnight.) Be sure your posting addresses the discussion;questions. Let me know if you have questions. Failure to address discussion;topics appropriately will result in less than full participation credit. Be;sure to check back and see if other students or I replied to your posting and;posed additional questions or asked for additional information.;Note: In Stage 3 of your Case Study;(due next week), you?ll be identifying which of the ?-ilities? above apply to;the solution you are proposing and how they apply, so you will need a good;understanding of these to do a good job with Stage 3.;Week 5Discussion;As the;UMUC Haircuts Case Study states, the owner has asked you to help her analyze;her business and apply a technology- related solution to improve the operation;of UMUC Haircuts. Before she expands her business, she wants to be comfortable;that she will actually have customers. Use what you have learned to answer the;following questions as they relate to UMUC Haircuts;List 3 or 4 questions about;the customers that Myra, as manager of the business, would want to have;answers to. Label each question as to whether it is strategic or;operational/tactical in nature.;What data would you gather;about the customers to be able to answer those questions?;What would be the top two;business benefits Myra could gain from this business intelligence?;What should she tell the;customers about why she is collecting data about them?;Remember;your main response is due by Thursday and responses back to at least two;classmates are due by Sunday.;Week 6 \Discussion;As;identified in the UMUC Haircuts Case Study, there are at least three areas;where Myra?s business could use improvement: Customer and Employee Scheduling;Supply Management, and Customer Information and Marketing. Over time, each of;these will likely have an IT solution. However, you know that if you could;combine these into an enterprise system, you would be able to significantly;improve the operations of UMUC Haircuts. You begin your analysis by answering;the following questions;What opportunities are being;missed when each little area (scheduling, supply management, marketing;and others) has its own ?stove piped? data? (Provide some examples.);What benefits will the UMUC;Haircuts business realize if you implement an enterprise-wide system?;Identify how Myra as the manager will benefit from having additional;information available.;What types of decisions that;she makes as the manager would be improved if she had all this information;in one place?;Would it make the most sense;to start with a CRM, an SCM or an ERP system for UMUC Haircuts and why.;Keep in mind that additional systems and functionality could come later.;Initial;responses are due by Thursday, and comments back to at least two classmates are;due by Sunday.;Week 7;Discussion;Referring;to the UMUC Haircuts Case Study, Myra, the owner, has asked you if outsourcing;some of the functions/processes would benefit her business. Identify which;function(s) you would recommend she outsource and explain why they would be;appropriate for outsourcing. List three competitive advantages Myra could get;by outsourcing and three challenges or risks in outsourcing, as well as what;she could do about them.;As;always, initial responses are due by Thursday and comments back to at least two;classmates are due by Sunday.;Week 8;Discussion -1;Please;address the following 3 questions;What do you think is the;most important project management consideration for the technology;solution that you proposed for UMUC Haircuts?;Explain briefly why you;selected it.;Discuss how you would ensure;that this aspect was well addressed to maximize your chance for success.;Your main;response is due by Thursday. Comments on classmates? postings are encouraged;but not required.;Week 8;Discussion - 2;Many of;you have said that you have learned a lot during this class. I would like for;each of you to think back over the class and then share with us one new and;important concept that you learned during this class. It could be something;that peaked your interest, something you never heard of or did before;something you struggled with, etc. Your response counts as part of this week's;participation grade, and you are not required (but are invited) to respond to;your classmate's postings.;="msonormal">


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