Architectures for Information Technology



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Teaching language

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




¿¿Enterprise Architecture Planning, Developing a Blueprint for Data, Applications and Technology¿. Steven H. Spewak, Wiley-QED, 1992. - ISBN 0 471 599859

¿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.

¿Santos, Vitor, Criatividade nos Sistemas de Informação¿ ¿, LIDEL ¿ Edições Técnicas, Lda,  November, 216p, ISBN: 978-972-722-891-1

¿Cook, Melissa A., Building Enterprise Information Architectures: Reengineering Information Systems, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0-13-440256-1, 1996.

¿Laudon, J.P e Laudon, K.C. (2010) ¿Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, 11th edition¿, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall;

¿O¿Brien, James A. (2004) ¿Management Information Systems: Managing Information Technology in the E-Business Enterprise, 6th edition¿ Boston, Massachusetts: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Incorporated.

¿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.

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Subject matter

Part 1 - Information Systems - (what is this?)
  Fundamentals (Elephants, t-shirts and bottles of wine ...)
  Viable systems
Part 2 - Knowing the present (now)
  Organizations Systemic characterization (under the bridge of ICT view)
  Architectures for what?
  Business Architecture
    - Organizational Skills
  Process Architecture
    - Structured Analysis (SSADM)
    - Analysis Oriented to Processes (BPM)
  Information Architecture
Part 3 - Thinking about tomorrow (the day after)
  Information system planning (ISP)
    - Concepts & Approaches
    Alignment between the Business and Information Systems
    BSP - CRUD Matrix - Process / Informational Entities
    GAP Characterization (IS needs / existing coverage - on the CRUD matrix)
    Identifying Information Systems Opportunities (ISO)
    - Creativity and innovation in Information Systems
    - ISO Description
    - Organic X ISO matrix
    Using IS Architecture Frameworks
    Proposing a new Information System Architecture
Part 4 - Building a New Information System
    Identification the target Application Systems (ASs)
     - Grouping ISO with the existing ASs
     - Characterizing ASs
     - McFarlan matrix with target ASs
    Application Architecture
    Data Architecture
    Technological Architectures
    Building an Information Systems Implementation Plan
    A (small) introduction to Software Engineering
Part 5 - Maintain (keep the business rolling)
    Continuous improvement