Arquiteturas de Sistemas de Informação


At the end of this unit the student should be able to:
1. Know the main issues associated with the design of complex Information Systems
2. Know the main types and frameworks of Enterprise Architectures and of Information Systems Architectures
3. Know how to plan competitive and business-aligned information systems
4. Apply the knowledge necessary to carry out an Information Systems Architecture in an Organization
5. Manipulate techniques for construction and planning of new information systems

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




- Spewak, S. "Enterprise Architecture Planning, Developing a Blueprint for Data, Applications and Technology", Wiley-QED, 1992. - ISBN 0 471 599859
- Cook, Melissa A., Building Enterprise Information Architectures: Reengineering Information Systems, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0-13-440256-1, 1996.
- Bernus, Peter, Günter Schmidt (Eds.), Architectures of Information Systems, Handbook on Architectures of Information Systems, Springer, pp. 1-9, ISBN 3-540-64453-9, 1998.
- Applegate, Lynda M., Austin, Robert D. e McFarlan, F. Warren (2003) "Corporate Information Strategy and Management: Text and Cases, 6th edition", Boston, Massachusetts: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Incorporated.
- Santos, V. "Criatividade em Sistemas de Informação" Lidel, 2018
- Stair, Ralph M., e Reynolds, George W. (2006) "Principles of Information Systems", 7th edition) Boston, Massachusetts: Course Technology

Teaching method

The curricular unit is based on theoretical and practical lessons. A variety of instructional strategies will be applied, including exposure and demonstration with step-by-step examples (with and without software), questions and answers.
The sessions include presentation of concepts and methodologies, solving examples, discussion and interpretation of results. The practical component is geared towards solving real problems, including discussion and interpretation of results.

Evaluation method

Project (40% ), Test (60%)

Subject matter

1. Fundamentals of Information Systems
- General Concepts
- Viable Systems
- Enterprise Architectures

2. Know the present
- Systemic characterization of Organizations (ICT vision)
- Alignment between business and information systems
- Information Systems Architectures
- Business Architecture
- Process Architecture
- Information architecture
- Architecture Frameworks

3. Thinking the future
- Information Systems Planning
- Creativity and innovation in information systems
- Identification of Information Systems Opportunities (ISO)
- Characterization of gaps (SI needs / existing coverage)
- Design of new information system architectures

4. Building of a new information system
- Identification of target application systems (AS)
- McFarlan matrix for targeted applications
- Technology Architectures
- Application architectures
- Data architectures
- Service architectures
- Traditional Systems Architectures
- Construction of an Implementation Plan for Information Systems