Assignment: Final Projectâ€”Putting It All Together
It is time to put on your “creative thinking cap.” Your Final Project will require that you utilize all the information from the previous weeks, including your draft slides and your notes in your Final Project Portfolio, and apply your learning to the following situation:
You have been hired as a consultant to your chosen organization, and you have been called in by the CEO of the organization to conduct a presentation to the upper level and mid-level managers. The CEO would like you to provide your best recommendations on what their organization can do to become more successful at effectively using and managing their information and business information systems.
Utilizing the above scenario, prepare a 10- to 12-slide final presentation (excluding title slide and reference slide). You must provide narrative and the speaker note section at the bottom of each slide so that the reader can follow along better. Your speaker notes should include your rationale and assumptions that pertain to your slide. You also need to have a minimum of 6â€“8 citations and references to support your direction.
Note: You may elect to include additional slides as part of an appendix if you have information you might reasonably assume that a CEO or upper management might want. It is not required that you do so.
Here is a suggested outline for the Final Project. You may decide that an alternative organization schema works better for you, or that you need to emphasize certain issues and trends that you think are most important to your chosen organization. Be prepared to make your case either way.
- Title slide: Chosen organization
- Background on organization
- Issues/trends affecting the organization (see note below)
- Week 2: Roles & Actions
- Week 3: Utilization of Data Resources
- Week 4: Driving Value from Business Information Systems
- Week 5: Process-Oriented Organization
- Week 6: Security and Ethical Issues
- Week 7: Business Continuity Planning
- Summary of major findings or issues that are likely to cause the most concern to this group
- Recommendations for action based on your evaluation of your organization and the learning and readings from the course
- References in the form of an annotated bibliography in APA format
- Appendices (optional)
Hint: Each of these sections utilizes the information that you provided in your Shared Practice Discussions and Assignments for that respective week. You will likely need more than one slide for your summary of major findings and your recommendations.
BÃ©langer, F., Van Slyke, C., & Crossler, R. (2019). Information systems for business: An experiential approach, 3e. Burlington, VT: Prospect Press.
- Chapter 8: Securing Information
Ahmed, M. B. (2009). Engro Chemicals Pakistan Limitedâ€”Business disaster overcome. (Ivey Publishing Case No. 909-E24).
This case study covers the efforts of Engro Chemicals Pakistan Limited to recover from a fire that completely destroyed the companyâ€™s head office, which include all the equipment and hardcopies of critical business information. The companyâ€™s IT department had developed a Disaster Recovery Plan, and this study provides details of the plan and chronicles how the company worked to invoke this plan after the catastrophe.
Carver, J. (2013). Importance of business continuity planning: ineffective data storage practices leave business data at risk. Operations Management, 39(3), 39-40.
In this article, Carver explores the importance of business continuity planning, focusing on storage practices as the foundation of business continuity.
Dunning, M. (2013). Continuity plan helped Silverstein get back to business earlier. Business Insurance, 47(1), 0007.
The article discusses how the business continuity plan developed by the Silverstein Properties risk management and information technology departments enabled the firm to reopen its building in New York City just two weeks after Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012.
Goldberg, E. (2013). Preventing a data breach from becoming a disaster. Journal Of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, 6(4), 295-303.
In this article, Goldberg discusses the inevitability of data breach and the need for organizations to plan accordingly, noting the increase of data breaches over the past few years affecting so many firms that were allegedly already well-protected.
Loop, C. (2013). Integrating an incident management system within a continuity of operations programme: Case study of the Bank of Canada. Journal Of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, 6(3), 272-281.
In this paper, Loop focuses on the Bank of Canadaâ€™s successful implementation of the ICS model as its incident management and continuity of operations programs evolved to reflect current best practices.
Nicoll, S. R., & Owens, R. W. (2013). Emergency Response & Business Continuity. Professional Safety, 58(9), 50-55.
This article discusses the role of safety professionals in planning for emergency response and business continuity for small and medium-sized firms.
Turulja, L., & BajgoriÄ‡, N. (2012). Being prepared for disaster? Implementation of business continuity planning concept in B&H organisations. Conference Proceedings: International Conference Of The Faculty Of Economics Sarajevo (ICES), 448-459.
In this study, the authors analyze the business environments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in terms of how organizations across various sectors plan and maintain business continuity.