BIT 2203 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS DAY KCA Past Paper

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2013/2014
ORDINARY EXAMINATION FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
BIT 2203 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
DAY
DATE: AUGUST, 2014 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question ONE and any other TWO

QUESTION ONE
(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
[3 Marks]
(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
[5 Marks]
(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]
QUESTION TWO
(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.
[6Marks]
(e) Discuss Michael Porter methodology for integrating IS strategies with business
strategies. [10Marks]
QUESTION THREE
(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
[6 Marks]
(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.
[10 Marks]
QUESTION FOUR
a) Differentiate between ‘An Information Systems strategy’ and a business strategy
[4 Marks]
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]
QUESTION FIVE
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]

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