UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2013/2014
ORDINARY EXAMINATION FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
BIT 2203 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
DATE: AUGUST, 2014 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question ONE and any other TWO
(a) Briefly explain the three principal methods of evaluating the economic viability of
an IS project. [6Marks]
(b) Management Information Systems (MIS) are constructed to serve various levels
and aspects of management activities.
(i) Using an illustration, identify three levels of organizational planning
(ii) With the use of a diagram explain the levels in an organization and the type of
information systems that are used in each level
(c) Describe what is clarified for an organization in the analytical activity of Earls’
multiple methodology. [6Marks]
(c) i) Discuss why outsourcing of IS may be necessary [5Marks]
ii) Discuss the types of outsourcing of the information system. [5Marks]
(a) State two reasons why Information system maintenance is carried out. [4 Marks]
(d) Briefly explain the popular methodologies that are used when establishing the
information requirements of an organization. Giving the advantage of each.
(e) Discuss Michael Porter methodology for integrating IS strategies with business
(a) A manager under competitive pressure is considering a new application of IS that
will displace 5 employees. The employees will not be able to find similar jobs
elsewhere with their current skills.
(i) Advise the organization on whether to proceed or withdraw the plan
(ii) Where the organization opts to proceed with the project, give two
ethical measures the organization can undertake to mitigate on the
negative impact on the employees lives. [4 Marks]
(b) An IT project manager is expected to define time, cost and staff elements for a given
project before it commences. Outline the significance of these elements.
a) Differentiate between ‘An Information Systems strategy’ and a business strategy
b) Discuss the unique features that qualify organizations as systems [8 Marks]
c) For a project to be viable an organization must perform feasibility studies on it,
describe the areas where feasibility of a project can be conducted. [8 Marks]
Information technology can promote various degrees of organizational change; discuss
how the following can enable change in an organization.
i) Business process reengineering [5 Marks]
ii) Rationalization [5 Marks]
iii) Automation [5 Marks]
iv) Value chain analysis [5 Marks]