Description

The assignment requires to develop a business case for information systems. A business case is a structured document that lays out all the relevant information needed to make a go/no-go decision. The final report should comprise the following sections: (i) introduction section, (ii) business problem that requires this development of a business case, and analysis of the problem (contributors to the problem), (iii) assumptions, alternatives and proposed solution (iv) expected benefits and business impacts, (v) a road map (building block of an action plan), (vi) recommendations and conclusion, and (vii) references.   This report aims at presenting a problem that requires information systems as a solution. This is the business case. It should inform the problem and solution clearly and concisely. The report should specify the targeted business goal(s) to be achieved with the solution. Refer to Chapter 1 in the text book for suggestions on common business goals.

Assignment Remit

Topic: The assignment requires a student to develop a business case for information systems. A business case is a structured document that lays out all the relevant information needed to make a go/no-go decision. The student has the flexibility to select a topic that is of interest to her. The instructor has uploaded some links to papers whose topics and contents could be of interest to the student. Otherwise, the student could scan her workplace environment and identify a topic that is of value at her workplace. Broad topics are listed below but they are not limited to:

  1. Risks and information systems
  2. Information systems audit
  3. Information systems security
  4. Business intelligence and benefits
  5. Social media and organization
  6. Information systems outsourcing (make vs. buy)
  7. Virtualization

Contents: The final report should comprise the following sections: (i) introduction section, (ii) business problem that requires this development of a business case, and analysis of the problem (contributors to the problem), (iii) assumptions, alternatives and proposed solution (iv) expected benefits and business impacts, (v) a road map (building block of an action plan), (vi) recommendations and conclusion, and (vii) references.  

Because this is a business report, students should use appropriate business language and avoid jargons, abbreviations (e.g. can’t, don’t etc.), and pronouns (e.g. I, we, they, you, our, ours etc.). Student could either address the name of the firm itself or disguise it as Firm X.

References: Any references to be cited must follow the APA style format. Consult the following link for further guidelines

Credibility of proposed business case: Students are urged to make use of Uni subscribed online databases and reputable information systems journals (as secondary sources) for this project since unreliable ones may render future unreliable results especially when data is already collected and analyzed. Students should only consider published journal articles since 2016.

Others: Students are advised to follow the specification herein carefully, provided template(s) and rubrics. Students are also advised to discuss the topic(s) with the instructor before embarking on the project. Students are advised not to copy any sources without giving credit. The report should be written in the student’s own words. The final grade of the report is contingent upon similarity score of Turnitin besides compliance to specification of requirements and rubrics.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate concepts from different knowledge disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate ability to communicate well.


Table of Contents

                                                                                                                    Page

  1. INTRODUCTION                                                                                            ?
    1. The Company Profile                                                                                ?
    1. Vision and Mission                                                                                   ?
    1. Business Strategy and Strategic Goals                                                     ?
  • BUSINESS PROBLEM                                                                                   ?
    • Statement of the business problem                                                           ?
    • Analysis of the business problem                                                             ?
  • PROPOSED SOLUTION                                                                                ?
    • Proposed solution
    • Assumptions
    • Financial consideration
    • Risks consideration
  • EXPECTED BENEFITS AND BUSINESS IMPACTS                                  ?
  • ROAD MAP (SCHEDULE AND MILESTONE)                                           ?
  • RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION                                             ?

7.0     REFERENCES                                                                                                 ?
1.0     INTRODUCTION

Write about the purpose of the report and the targeted audience. Write about how the report will be organized.

This report aims at presenting a problem that requires information systems as a solution. This is the business case. It should inform the problem and solution clearly and concisely. The report should specify the targeted business goal(s) to be achieved with the solution. Refer to Chapter 1 in the text book for suggestions on common business goals.

Use 1.5 line spacing throughout this report. Keep the report margin, font and font size as per the ones in this template.


1.1     TheCompany Profile

1.2     Vision and Mission

1.3     Business Strategy and Strategic Goals

2.0    BUSINESS PROBLEM

2.1    Statement of the business problem                                        

2.2    Analysis of the business problem

3.0       PROPOSED SOLUTION  

3.1       Proposed solution

Relate the business problem, and analysis of the business problem to the requirements for a proposed solution. Discuss other possible alternatives to your proposed solution. Develop a set of criteria and use them to evaluate why this selected alternative becomes your proposed solution. Use primary and/or secondary data to support your case.

3.2       Assumptions

3.3       Financial consideration

3.4       Risk consideration

4.0       EXPECTED BENEFITS AND BUSINESS IMPACTS

Discuss expected benefits* (financial, quantifiable benefits, measurable benefits and/or observable benefits) i.e. how the firm will know it has achieved the benefits. Business impacts include nonfinancial outcomes (new business, transformation, innovations, competitive responses, organizational, supply chain, and human resource impacts).

Financial benefits – are calculated by applying a cost/price or other valid financial formula to a quantifiable benefit.

Quantifiable benefits – forecast how much improvement/benefit should result from the changes.

Measurable benefits – the well-accepted way the measure benefits in the firm.

Observable benefits – specific individuals or groups will use their experience or judgment to decide the extent the benefit will be realized.

5.0       ROADMAP (SCHEDULE AND MILESTONE) 

6.0    RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION                                                                                         

Summarize the business problem, and proposed solution. Discuss what the future outlook will be in support of your proposed solution.

REFERENCES

Use APA style references in text citation and in reference list. Show at least five recent journal articles that you have consulted for this project. The remaining five could be from Websites, white papers, books, book chapters, and/or technical reports available online. Do not use Wikipedia and sources from blogs.

The assignment requires to develop a business case for information systems. A business case is a structured document that lays out all the relevant information needed to make a go/no-go decision.

The final report should comprise the following sections: (i) introduction section, (ii) business problem that requires this development of a business case, and analysis of the problem (contributors to the problem), (iii) assumptions, alternatives and proposed solution (iv) expected benefits and business impacts, (v) a road map (building block of an action plan), (vi) recommendations and conclusion, and (vii) references.  

This report aims at presenting a problem that requires information systems as a solution. This is the business case. It should inform the problem and solution clearly and concisely. The report should specify the targeted business goal(s) to be achieved with the solution. Refer to Chapter 1 in the textbook for suggestions on common business goals. 

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