Today's IT Environment

Today's IT Environment

Daniel M. Brandon (Christian Brothers University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-693-8.ch001
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Abstract

In the last few years, information technology (IT) has significantly impacted the operation of most businesses, and even though most corporations still spend only 3% to 8% of their revenue on IT, businesses depend upon IT for their day-to-day operations. For many businesses, IT is a, if not the, key factor in their competitive strategy. Due to IT, we have all experienced many changes, some good some bad, in our personal lives. In fact, probably not since the industrial revolution have people all over the world experienced such dramatic life-style changes. One is reminded of the opening sentence from A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Dickens was referring to the French Revolution, but in the 21st century we are well into the “IT Revolution.” In regard to project management, there are two IT related matters: the utilization of IT in managing all types of projects and the management of IT projects. Before we further discuss these project management matters in this modern IT dominated world, we need to consider the technical and business forces that are shaping this new environment.

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Dedication
Table of Contents
Acknowledgment
Chapter 1
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In the last few years, information technology (IT) has significantly impacted the operation of most businesses, and even though most corporations... Sample PDF
Today's IT Environment
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Chapter 2
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A key factor leading to the continued failure in IT projects is the lack of identification and appreciation for all the major components of project... Sample PDF
Critical Success Factors for IT Projects
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Chapter 3
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Careful selection of which projects to initiate is vital to the success of an organization. Project initiation represents a future commitment of... Sample PDF
Project Selection and Initiation
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Chapter 4
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Professional organizations that have developed around the world to foster the project management discipline (Morris, 2001) have recognized that a... Sample PDF
The Project Management Discipline
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Chapter 5
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Software engineering is vital for the proper planning of IT projects, although it is not a formal part of project management. The software... Sample PDF
The Software Engineering Discipline
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Chapter 6
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Getting off to a fast start in the right direction is important in any endeavor. This chapter discusses overall project planning and requirement... Sample PDF
Project Overall Planning
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Chapter 7
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The Project Management Institute (PMI) project management process groups include initiation, planning, execution, control, and closing. In practice... Sample PDF
Developing the Schedule and Cost Plan
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Chapter 8
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Success today in the business world (whether as an employee, manager, executive, or self-employed businessperson) involves taking some risks. The... Sample PDF
Risk Planning and Management
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Chapter 9
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In fairy tales and traditional romance movies, the story ended when the prince found his soul mate, married her, and rode off with her into the... Sample PDF
Project Execution and Control
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Chapter 10
Managing Quality  (pages 202-233)
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Quality is defined by PMI as conformance to requirements, specifications, standards and fitness for use (PMI, 2000). Part of this definition is... Sample PDF
Managing Quality
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Chapter 11
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Change is a fact of life for most projects, particularly IT projects. The biggest single cause of project overruns is changes in scope (Hallows... Sample PDF
Change and Closeout Management
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Chapter 12
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Many IT projects involve the purchasing of goods and/or services, and some IT projects are mostly procurement activities, at least from a cost... Sample PDF
Procurement and Outsourcing
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Chapter 13
Stakeholder Management  (pages 274-308)
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The identification and management of a project’s stakeholders is vital to the complete success of a project. Well-planned and properly-executed... Sample PDF
Stakeholder Management
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Chapter 14
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A PM must report on the project’s performance to the upper management of the performing organization and perhaps also to the benefiting... Sample PDF
Performance Reporting and Earned Value Analysis
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Chapter 15
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A vast amount of project management software is available today in a wide variety of capabilities, applicability, platform requirements, and prices.... Sample PDF
Software Systems for Project Management
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Chapter 16
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Managing IT projects and being on an IT project team used to be simpler. PMs typically had one project to manage, and team members were on only one... Sample PDF
Managing Multiple Projects
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Glossary and Acronyms
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