How to Use Information Technology Effectively to Achieve Business Objectives

How to Use Information Technology Effectively to Achieve Business Objectives

António Gonçalves (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal), Natália Serra (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal), José Serra (OLISIPO – Formation and Consultancy, Portugal) and Pedro Sousa (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-020-3.ch002
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In this chapter the authors show, by using a case study, how it is possible to achieve the alignment between business and Information Technology (IT). It describes several phases of project development, from planning strategy, enterprise architecture, development of businesses supporting tools and keeping dynamic alignment between the business and the IT. The authors propose a framework, framed under an enterprise architecture that guarantees a high level of response to the applications development or configuration as improves its alignment to business by solving some limitations of traditional software development solutions namely: difficulty in gathering clients requirements, which should be supported by the applications; difficulty to connect the organisation processes used to answer the client, which must also be integrated in the applications and the difficulty to develop the applications that can follow the business cycle. To test the approach, this was applied to a real case study consisting in the configuration of an application that manages the relationship with the clients.

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