Systems Acquisition & Implementation Management
Apply strong reasoning skills to find, analyse and articulate transition issues involved with choosing, buying and installing COTS. Learn to negotiate contracts and manage vendors.Tailor, match and align IT systems to bespoke business needs.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Critically analyse and evaluate the issues and options available to provide appropriate organisational IT services and capabilities
- Evaluate the pros and cons of differing approaches to acquiring systems, and demonstrate an ability to match particular approaches to particular organisational contexts
- Discuss the issues associated with commercial off the shelf software (COTS) selection, including requirements specification, selection criteria, and vendor due diligence, and students will be able to apply tools and techniques to business cases
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes involved in COTS vendor selection and management, and contract negotiation and management
- Explain and communicate the major issues and human concerns in IT-related organisational transformation, identify causes and consequences of human resistance to change, and show an ability to identify and implement steps to effectively manage change in an organisation
- Compare approaches and frameworks for implementing systems in organisations, and appreciate the purpose and approaches to post implementation reviews
- Demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to user education, training and documentation
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills in group work as well as written and oral presentations
- Demonstrate an understanding in conducting scholarly literature research to further investigate the contemporary and emerging aspects of acquiring, sourcing, and implementing systems within an organisational context.
- IS Contract negotiation & management
- IS procurement
- IS Vendor selection & management
- Understanding the business implications of Open Source architectures
- ISD Methods
- Agile, adaptive approaches
- Build vs buy decisions
- IS Packages (requirements specification, selection criteria, vendor due diligence, contract negotiation, modification, implementation)
- Systems integration
- Assessment and appraisal of various approaches to implementation of systems in organisations
- Management of people issues in implementing systems
- Management of IT-based change, motivating organisational change and innovation.
- Creating user manuals
- Post implementation reviews
- Systems maintenance
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
No special requirements
- Group (10%)
- Group (20%)
- Individual (10%)
- Individual (20%)