A continual stream of information technology innovations is transforming the traditional business world. Examples include emergence of cloud computing, the growth of a mobile digital business platform, and, not least, the use of social networks by managers to achieve business objectives. Most of these changes have occurred in the last few years. These innovations are enabling entrepreneurs and innovative traditional firms to create new products and services, develop new business models, and transform the day-to-day conduct of business. In the process, some old businesses, even industries, are being destroyed while new businesses are springing up. Management of business firms has changed too. Managers on the move are in direct, continuous contact with their employees. The growth of enterprise-wide information systems with extraordinarily rich data means that managers no longer operate in a fog of confusion, but instead have online, nearly instant, access to the really important information they need for accurate and timely decisions. Therefore, the main objective of this course is to familiarize learners with the strategies today’s managers are applying in order to manage digital firms and how technological advances are helping them to meet the challenges they are facing.
In this course participants will learn about various perspectives of Information systems, information value chain, E-business, Business processes, IT infrastructures, Enterprise applications, strategies in achieving competitive advantage, security issues in information systems and how to manage them etc. Video sessions, case studies and group exercises will be used to expose participants to some of the major technological achievements companies have acquired globally.
– After completing this course a participant will learn:
– How information systems are transforming businesses today and their relationship to globalization.
– How an information system works; its management, organization and technology components.
– Business processes and their relation to an information system.
– How enterprise applications improve organizational performance.
– How an information system can be developed.
– How to reap the best outcome from an information system.
– How information systems help businesses use synergies, core competencies and network-based strategies to achieve competitive advantage.
– Challenges posed by strategic information systems and how they should be addressed.
– Ethical, social and political issues raised by information systems.
– Components of an organizational framework for security and control.