Course Project: Petrie's Electronics

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(Week 1) Course Project: Petrie’s Electronics
How do information systems projects get started in organizations? * At the beginning of an information systems project, organizations create a systems development life cycle (SDLC) methodology that identifies a variety of phases of development for a project. The SDLC process begins with the “planning and selection” step that typically involves someone having an idea for an information system and what it should do. The company would then make decisions based on the necessary resources required for the system in question. This follows with a study of an organization’s “way (of business)” which enables professionals to develop a strategy for the implementation of a new system. How are organizational information systems related to company strategy? How does strategy affect the information systems a company develops and uses? * Organizational information systems are related to a company’s strategy as they are constructed based on a businesses’ goals. For example, Activision/Blizzard is a video game development studio that primarily thrives on its two franchises: “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft.” As a result, the company’s SDLC may revolve around the longevity of these titles and thus, relating to the company’s strategy of relevancy under the umbrella of these two franchises. It’s inferable that a company will strategize based on what others are doing in the market and what works or what should work in regards to their success. It would be not only a waste of time and money to develop an SDLC without a strategy in place, but also resources. Therefore, it’s my opinion that a SDLC should not even exist without a plan (strategy). What do you think Jim’s next step would be?

* I think Jim’s next step would be to examine Petrie’s Electronics’ new goal. From, Ella Whinston’s declared priority, it’s clear that Petrie’s new strategy should revolve around maintaining a consumer base by offering an undeniable...
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