Architectures for Information Systems


The main objective of UC is to analyze architectures of Information Systems, separating the technological aspects from the organizational and management aspects.
Additionally, muilti, trans and interdisciplinary concerns will be addressed since the study of Information Systems Architectures, as well as their development, involves multiple perspectives and knowledge that include several fields of knowledge.
At the end of this unit the student should be able to:
- Explain the critical success factors in Information Systems Planning
- Formulate an information systems architecture strategy.
- Develop an architecture of processes, information and information systems
- Describe and explain an Information Systems Architectures and Technologies project

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Vítor Manuel Pereira Duarte dos Santos


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Total - Available soon

Teaching language

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




The Practice of Enterprise Architecture: A Modern Approach to Business and IT Alignment Paperback ¿  Svyatoslav Kotusev , SK Publishing , 2018, ISBN- 978-0648309826

Complex Enterprise Architecture: A New Adaptive Systems Approach, John D. McDowall,  Apress; 1st ed. Edition, February 8, 2019, ISBN: 978-1484243053

An Introduction to Enterprise Architecture: Third Edition,   Scott A. Bernard, AuthorHouse , 2012, ISBN: 978-1477258002

¿Enterprise Architecture Planning, Developing a Blueprint for Data, Applications and Technology¿. Steven H. Spewak, 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.

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

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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

Falkenberg, E. W. Hesse P. Lindgreen B.E. Nilssen J.L.H. Oei C. Rolland R.K. Stamper F.J.M.V. Assche A.A. Verrijn-Stuart e K. Voss, FRISCO: A Framework of Information Systems Concepts, IFIP WG 8.1 Task Group FRISCO, 1998 (

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


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