Introduction

The previous two modules defined and explored the value of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the networked virtual organization (NVO) in a broad sense. This module goes a little deeper and discusses what it means to be organizationally ready, and why companies desiring strong market presence and market share need to move quickly to implement IT for strategic advantage. You will learn what organizational readiness means and discover what the relationship is between information technology (IT) governance, business planning, and project success.

You will also assess your own organizational readiness for success and develop an organizational readiness plan.

By the end of this module, you should be able to do the following:

■ Define the characteristics that make an organization ready to embark on Internet and IT initiatives.

■ Explain how to move your organization closer to organizational readiness.

■ Describe the four keys to IT governance.

■ Describe the importance of planning for organizational readiness.

■ Explain the steps to plan for organizational readiness.

■ Explain why the IT governance process during planning is vital to the success of IT initiatives.

■ Use organizational readiness planning tools to assess your state of organizational readiness (Net Readiness Scorecard).

■ Identify organizational readiness improvements for your organization.

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