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17. implications business analyses.docx

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Tool 17 - Implications of other business analyses for IS

By Niels Bakker and Corneel Hindriks

The main task within de Second planning cycle is to promote strategic thinking, creativity and innovation in the planning process but also to ensure sufficient integration of IS plans with business plans. The emphasis is on identifying future IS projects that provide business value and support both business strategy and business processes.

The Second planning cycle comprises three planning tasks:

How to conduct business and technology analyses?

Tool to use

Steps to do


1) SWOT -analyse


- Strengths

- Weaknesses

- Opportunities

- Threats

- Show the current position

- Input for IS planning

2) Critical success factors (CSFs)

(1) Interview with managers

(2) Focus group sessions to evaluate and characterize the CSFs

(3) Feedback and adoption of CSFs

- Create a consistent Business Strategic Planning

- Input for IS planning

The SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The strengths and weaknesses are internal characteristics of an organization. Opportunities and threats are external factor that influence an organization.

Critical success factors are different for each organization. Common factors are for example: leadership, culture, structure & rules, information technology and measurements.