Course Description

The role of IT (‘Information Technology’) is changing, as open standards, data interoperability, outsourcing, and the emerging cloud computing paradigm shift IT from a perceived source of competitive advantage to a shared and common utility.

This challenges existing organisational structures and strategies, and their capacity to compete in a ‘Digital Economy’.

At the same time, the wider Information Systems (IS) environment is now seen as a source of competitive advantage through the creation of new forms of stakeholder value, based on data, interoperability and connectivity.

Strategic Information Systems (SIS) are information systems which are developed in response to corporate business initiatives:  they may deliver a product or service at lower cost, is better differentiated, is innovative, or that focuses on a particular market segment. They may enable new business models, deeper relationships with customers and suppliers and/or radical adjustments to costs. If implemented correctly, they offer organisations an ‘out pacing’ strategy, allowing them to compete with the maximization of quality and a minimisation of cost.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the Strategic Information Systems course, students should:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Strategic Information Systems’
  • Understand the defining characteristics of ‘the Digital Economy’, and the key value propositions and challenges for organizations
  • Understand the differences, and inter-relationships, between Information Strategy, Information Technology, and Information Management (and the need for the alignment of these strategies via Strategic Information Systems planning)
  • Understand the concept and characteristics of an organization, and business processes, as a ‘system’, and be able to better assess casual influences and control mechanisms
  • Understand the concepts of ‘systemic thinking’ and ‘soft vs hard’ systems
  • Have had the opportunity to review, share and discuss key management and business issues with Information Systems
  • Understand some of the critical differences and challenges between managing data, information and knowledge
  • Have had the opportunity to apply theory and models in the real world via B2B and B2C case studies, discussion, and an individual exam.

Avoir une vision globale des technologies et solutions les plus importantes, dans des domaines qui ne sont pas nécessairement les vôtres
Anticiper les évolutions des métiers de l'informatique
Être d'un meilleur conseil auprès de vos usagers ou clients
Faire un focus sur les domaines les plus actifs avec un impact fort sur les SI actuels (voir en détail l'état de l'art des domaines suivants : architectures du SI, Cloud, technologies du Data Center, postes de travail, serveurs, virtualisation, stockage, évolution des OS, réseaux, sécurité, développement et architectures d'applications, ERP, e-commerce, CRM, décisionnel, administration...)
Avoir une vue instantanée de "ce qui se passe" et de ce que l'on ne peut pas ignorer

Gérer efficacement l'information en l'organisant rapidement : animation de réunions
et de projets, prise de note lors de lectures, conférences, consultations
Améliorer votre organisation professionnelle et personnelle
Préparer et conduire des rendez-vous importants : entretien client, négociation, présentation orale
Explorer vos idées et stimuler votre créativité : bilan personnel ou professionnel, projets Mémoriser facilement et longtemps
Communiquer et partager vos idées
Utiliser le logiciel XMind.

Cours d'introduction au management des systèmes d'informations.

Globalization, competition between firms, the development of new and powerful tools for processing and sharing information, together transform information management in organizations. In recent years, information systems (IS) evolved rapidly with the emergence of many integrated application suites or methods, and the maturing of Internet technologies (e-mail, intranet, e-commerce, Web 2.0., Cloud Computing, etc.).

Future managers should acknowledge these changes and develop understanding about how to leverage IS benefits in order to foster organizational performance and competitive advantage. The purpose of this course is thus assist future managers in becoming knowledgeable participants in IS strategic decisions. It is intended to provide a foundation of basic concepts relevant to using and managing information for leveraging firms’ competitive advantage. It helps forming a critical point of view about how IS will help, hinder, and create opportunities for their organizations. The approach of this course is a managerial, non-technical one.

The key questions and issues addressed in this course are the following: What are the implications of information and information management around and within contemporaneous firms? How do information systems (IS) contribute to corporate strategy and strategic advantage? How to manage IS project and IT lead business transformation? How is decision making formed through information technology? How do IS change work practices? Why should any company Department care about IS? How to evaluate the performance and the value of an IS?