Strategic Systems Planning
Strategic Systems Planning is used to analyze an organization's process and information needs, identify strategic opportunities and develop a plan to address those opportunities.
Strategic systems planning is performed with an organization's senior management and is not undertaken as an end in itself. The objective is to create action by implementing the Strategic Systems Implementation Plan. To be truly effective, the Strategic System Planning project must be owned and directed by the organization's leadership.
Strategic Systems Planning is undertaken to develop a Strategic Systems Implementation Plan. The objective of the plan is to take action to implement the strategic initiatives identified during the planning project. To ensure the action plan is implemented:
- The plan must be action oriented, and the actions must be measurable.
- The project must be owned and directed by the user community.
- The organization must have a business plan.
- Key decision makers must participate in the project.
- The project must achieve the proper level of detail.
- The Strategic Systems Implementation Plan developed during the project must be refreshed annually to ensure the plan remains achievable and strategic.
The JBA approach to strategic systems planning provides many benefits to the organization. The process:
- Enables senior management to view the enterprise in terms of key business functions and data.
- Identifies information and systems needed to support the business priorities.
- Establishes a technology platform and a framework for information systems development.
- Aligns system development initiatives to business goals.
- Sets priorities and expectations for systems projects.