Information System Planning

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Information Systems Planning in WEB 2.0, a new model approach


Planning, WEB 2.0, information effects, ecosystem, interdependency, prioritization, critical needs,

critical capabilities


Since the beginning of the 90’s, organizations had been growing in a rapid way, becoming each more

difficult to manage. The organization business cycle changed from 7 years in 1970-1980 to 12-18

months in the 90’s, and is even shorter nowadays. This change, transformed the organization world

in a new and complex reality.

To be able to deal with this reality, organizations put a big pressure in the information access and

information became the organization most valuable asset. But this asset, information object, as

some main characteristics: exists in larges quantities, as many different ways, is very volatile, must

have confidentially, must have integrity, must have availability, in resume, can be very difficult to


It’s clear that managing this information reality is only possible with the adoption of information

technologies and planning that adoption is a central need in order to get the correct solution for the


1.1. Background

Many studies mention that planning information systems is the major challenge for information

systems managers (Hsu, 1995) and the organization information reality confirms that.

Planning can be defined as “the activity in organizations life where is defined the future wanted

for the information system and the way how this system should be supported by the

information and communications technologies in order to achieve that support”(Amaral, 1994).

Actual information systems planning deals with impact and alignment trying to change organizations

with the use of technology, with impact planning or changing business, with alignment planning.

1.2. Alternatives

But now, WEB 2.0 (Reilly, 2005) puts the power of information in the user hands, user that

collaborates, puts contacts information on-line and even organization private information, in order

to produce knowledge in collaborative networks in many different ways or for simple information


If organizations want to survive they should be able to use this, a “wikinomic” organization is

needed (Tapscott, 2007), and this organization wants to give that user a part of the organization


1.3. Conclusions

But the way organizations do business demands that in this new business reality, information

security must be guaranteed.

In this reality, information system planning must integrate collaboration and security, creating an

information ecosystem, is this new way of planning that is presented here. The information

nowadays is an asset, this asset as some fundamental characteristics that information planning need

to deal.


Collaboration is really changing everything. Collaboration groups the tree first characteristics of

information asset, large, different and volatile.

Due to these characteristics, collaboration is the drive for rapid information change and knowledge

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