Saturday, October 23, 2010

Assignment CS507

Software Project Management
Assignment # 01
Fall 2010
                                                               Marks: 20
Due Date
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 October 2010.

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Q. 01  Choice elements are found in the theory and practice of strategic management and
provide the performance standard by which enterprise resources are identified,
selected, committed for the growth and survival of the organizational process and
future products. Discuss the key choice  elements for the strategic management
that are important building blocks in the design and implementation of the
strategies for the enterprise’s future.

Q. 02  Discuss the planning limitations in formal strategic planning?  (At least five)


Question 1:What are the organization, management and technology dimensions of information systems? [3 marks]


An information system represents a combination of management, organization, and technology elements. The management dimension of information system involves leadership, strategy, and management behavior. The technology dimension consists of computer hardware, software, data management technology, and networking/telecommunication technology (including the internet). The Organization dimension of information system involves the organization’s hierarchy, functional specialties, business processes, culture, political interest groups.

Question 2: Describe some of the major changes that information systems are bringing to organizations. [3 marks]


The flattening of organizations is probably one that students will cite, particularly with the concern over downsizing. The parallel increase in information and in the decision power of line workers (empowerment), and their corresponding increase in work satisfaction, is often missed in media reports of downsizing. The flexibility of organizations in operations, for example, custom manufacturing and in linking customers and suppliers (thus reducing order time) are some of the major changes

Question 3: Describe the two factors that explain why organizations adopt information systems. [4 marks]

• Customers now prefer to execute transaction in an electronic environment through online-trading. Also the establishment of customer services centers has also removed the inconvenience to access vendor’s physical locations. • Due to absence of physical contact, companies are curious to keep a soft touch in an efficient manner. This requires keeping a customer-wise online track of past correspondence and transactions.

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