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  • Ralph Webster South Africa In the planning phase broad goals for the entire project are set. In particular, it must be determined if the entire system or only part of the system needs to be replaced.THE STRUCTURED SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM AS SET OUT AS GOALS/OBJECTIVES . Whilst this does not seem to be a significant step, it is very important to the overall project. It is through the setting of these broad system goals that the measurements of success can be determined. That is, at the completion of the planning phase, a clear picture of what the problem is has been established and equally important, a clear picture of what outcome will resolve the process has also been established. It should be noted here that we have not identified what needs to built into the computer based information system. There is a very good reason for this - at this stage it is not relevant. In the problem solving phase, the focus is on identifying the problem and what would solve it - not how the problem has arisen and how it should be solved. By maintaining this focus, the solution is linked to the problem and through this a process for solving it developed. A computer based information system should never be created for the sake of creating it - it should be created to solve the problem that was identified. Too often, a computer based information system will be created but will not solve the problem that it was intended to. This can usually be traced back to the initial planning phase. When the outcomes to solve the problem were established, they would focus on what the system could be made to do, rather than what it actually needed to do to solve the problem. Consequently the system that was built, even though it achieved its goals, did not solve the initial problem. The quality of the initial planning will have a significant influence on the ability of the final product to solve the problem.
    2014-10-19 07:10:36

  • George Fragos Greece a setting project objective is to computerize accounting records??
    2014-09-29 09:09:11

  • Segedin Dragan United Arab Emirates As quality of the initial planning will have a significant influence on the ability of the final product to solve the problem.... how to measure it (if is possible)?
    2014-09-28 07:09:56

  • Connie Mwema Botswana which other factors influences the identification of problems in an organisation?
    2014-09-24 09:09:50

  • ANNETTE ROBINSON United States of America This will be a team approach?
    2014-09-09 00:09:49

  • Aung Kyaw Minn Myanmar How to measure the project planning objectives ?
    2014-09-04 05:09:19

  • Alexander Seruzi Uganda what standards should be set when developing project objectives.
    2014-08-20 17:08:19

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Goal achievement standard.
      2014-08-25 12:08:22
  • Samuel Kofi Odoi Ghana Before a project starts the project manager must make sure the project goals, objectives, scope, risks, issues, budget, timescale and approach have been defined. This must be communicated to all the stakeholders to get their agreement. Any differences of opinion must be resolved before work starts
    2014-08-14 21:08:03

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Yes for sure.
      2014-08-25 12:08:15
  • Vikram Vasant Rotkar United Kingdom What is the early stage planning?
    2014-07-21 17:07:59

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan At the starting point.
      2014-08-25 12:08:39
    • Glyn Chapman United Kingdom Finding what the problem is and what needs to be done to solve said problem.
      2014-07-21 18:07:26
  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Acquiring information systems Information systems are a major corporate asset, with respect both to the benefits they provide and to their costs. Therefore, organizations have to plan for the long term before acquiring and deploying information systems. On the basis of long-term corporate plans and the requirements of various individuals from data workers to top management, essential applications are identified and project priorities are set. For example, certain projects may have to be carried out immediately to satisfy a new government reporting regulation or to interact with a new customer's information system. Other projects may be given a higher priority owing to their strategic role or greater expected benefits. Once the need for a specific information system has been established, the system has to be acquired. The fundamental decision is: buy or make. Actually, this decision is not quite so simple. It is rarely possible to buy exactly the right information system. Although the hardware, telecommunications, and system software may be purchased or leased from vendors, information systems generally require a customized approach. An information system must model the specific, and possibly unique, way that a particular organization operates. Acquisition from external sources There are three principal ways to acquire an information system from outside the organization. The most common method is to purchase or lease a software package that is usually customized internally or by an outside contractor. Instead of an expensive purchase or rental, an organization may decide to use the services of an application service provider (ASP), a firm that makes applications available over the Web. This practice is particularly popular with very expensive packages, such as those for enterprise resource planning, in which customers pay for the use of only the software modules that they actually need. Finally, a number of firms outsource day-to-day running and development of their information systems to a specialized vendor.
    2014-07-20 18:07:22

  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Acquiring information systems Information systems are a major corporate asset, with respect both to the benefits they provide and to their costs. Therefore, organizations have to plan for the long term before acquiring and deploying information systems. On the basis of long-term corporate plans and the requirements of various individuals from data workers to top management, essential applications are identified and project priorities are set. For example, certain projects may have to be carried out immediately to satisfy a new government reporting regulation or to interact with a new customer's information system. Other projects may be given a higher priority owing to their strategic role or greater expected benefits. Once the need for a specific information system has been established, the system has to be acquired. The fundamental decision is: buy or make. Actually, this decision is not quite so simple. It is rarely possible to buy exactly the right information system. Although the hardware, telecommunications, and system software may be purchased or leased from vendors, information systems generally require a customized approach. An information system must model the specific, and possibly unique, way that a particular organization operates. Acquisition from external sources There are three principal ways to acquire an information system from outside the organization. The most common method is to purchase or lease a software package that is usually customized internally or by an outside contractor. Instead of an expensive purchase or rental, an organization may decide to use the services of an application service provider (ASP), a firm that makes applications available over the Web. This practice is particularly popular with very expensive packages, such as those for enterprise resource planning, in which customers pay for the use of only the software modules that they actually need. Finally, a number of firms outsource day-to-day running and development of their information systems to a specialized vendor.
    2014-07-20 18:07:16

  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Acquiring information systems Information systems are a major corporate asset, with respect both to the benefits they provide and to their costs. Therefore, organizations have to plan for the long term before acquiring and deploying information systems. On the basis of long-term corporate plans and the requirements of various individuals from data workers to top management, essential applications are identified and project priorities are set. For example, certain projects may have to be carried out immediately to satisfy a new government reporting regulation or to interact with a new customer's information system. Other projects may be given a higher priority owing to their strategic role or greater expected benefits. Once the need for a specific information system has been established, the system has to be acquired. The fundamental decision is: buy or make. Actually, this decision is not quite so simple. It is rarely possible to buy exactly the right information system. Although the hardware, telecommunications, and system software may be purchased or leased from vendors, information systems generally require a customized approach. An information system must model the specific, and possibly unique, way that a particular organization operates. Acquisition from external sources There are three principal ways to acquire an information system from outside the organization. The most common method is to purchase or lease a software package that is usually customized internally or by an outside contractor. Instead of an expensive purchase or rental, an organization may decide to use the services of an application service provider (ASP), a firm that makes applications available over the Web. This practice is particularly popular with very expensive packages, such as those for enterprise resource planning, in which customers pay for the use of only the software modules that they actually need. Finally, a number of firms outsource day-to-day running and development of their information systems to a specialized vendor.
    2014-07-20 18:07:06

  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Acquiring information systems Information systems are a major corporate asset, with respect both to the benefits they provide and to their costs. Therefore, organizations have to plan for the long term before acquiring and deploying information systems. On the basis of long-term corporate plans and the requirements of various individuals from data workers to top management, essential applications are identified and project priorities are set. For example, certain projects may have to be carried out immediately to satisfy a new government reporting regulation or to interact with a new customer's information system. Other projects may be given a higher priority owing to their strategic role or greater expected benefits. Once the need for a specific information system has been established, the system has to be acquired. The fundamental decision is: buy or make. Actually, this decision is not quite so simple. It is rarely possible to buy exactly the right information system. Although the hardware, telecommunications, and system software may be purchased or leased from vendors, information systems generally require a customized approach. An information system must model the specific, and possibly unique, way that a particular organization operates. Acquisition from external sources There are three principal ways to acquire an information system from outside the organization. The most common method is to purchase or lease a software package that is usually customized internally or by an outside contractor. Instead of an expensive purchase or rental, an organization may decide to use the services of an application service provider (ASP), a firm that makes applications available over the Web. This practice is particularly popular with very expensive packages, such as those for enterprise resource planning, in which customers pay for the use of only the software modules that they actually need. Finally, a number of firms outsource day-to-day running and development of their information systems to a specialized vendor.
    2014-07-20 18:07:49

  • Satu Korhonen Finland At the end of this stage you should have a clear image of what?
    2014-06-25 10:06:12

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan is to be done and where, and why and who can do activity.
      2014-08-25 12:08:48
    • Talia Dora Kenya of how to make an effective plan that would lead to the realization of the project and to stick to it
      2014-07-17 15:07:24
    • Godswill Ntsomboh Ntsefong Cameroon The problem and what will solve it.
      2014-07-12 17:07:34
    • Mohamed Fadl Egypt the problems
      2014-06-29 13:06:30
  • Reza Abbasi Iran What is the impact on the quality of the initial plan?
    2014-06-22 14:06:19

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Positive result.
      2014-08-25 12:08:50
  • Reza Abbasi Iran What is the impact on the quality of the initial plan?
    2014-06-19 22:06:57

  • Annette Weizbauer Germany What is the reason of creating a computer based information system?
    2014-06-15 13:06:34

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Help in doing the work fatser.
      2014-08-25 12:08:50
    • Reza Abbasi Iran Impact on the identified problem
      2014-06-19 22:06:19
    • Parhalad Saini India To identify the problem.
      2014-06-18 03:06:19
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