Systems and Design
1. How does strategic planning influence day-to-day business operations? Why is it important for systems analysts to understand a company's strategic plan?
Answer: A strategic plan looks beyond day-to-day activities and focuses on a horizon that is three, five, ten, or more years in the future. Because the firm's IT group will be expected to deliver IT resources, IT managers must understand and participate in strategic planning. Strategic planning starts with a mission statement that reflects the firm's vision, purpose, and values. Mission statements usually focus on longterm challenges and goals, the importance of the firm's stakeholders, and a commitment to the firm's role as a …show more content…
Some analysts find it helpful to define project scope by creating a list with sections called Must Do, Should Do, Could Do, and Won't Do. This list can be reviewed later, during the systems analysis phase, when the systems requirements document is developed.
Step 3: Perform fact-finding the objective of fact-finding is to gather data about project usability, costs, benefits, and schedules. Fact-finding involves various techniques, which are described below. Depending on what information is needed to investigate the systems request, factfinding might consume several hours, days, or weeks.
Step 4: Analyze Project Usability, Cost, Benefit, and Schedule Data. If you gathered cost and benefit data, you should be able to prepare financial analysis and impact statements using spreadsheets and other decision-support tools.
Step 5: Evaluate Feasibility. There are different types of feasibility.
OPERATIONAL FEASIBILITY Your fact-finding should have included a review of user needs, requirements, and expectations. When you analyze this data, you should look for areas that might present problems for system users and how they might be resolved. Because operational feasibility means that a system will be used effectively, this is a vital area of concern.
TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY The fact-finding data should identify the hardware, software, and network resources needed