These business plans are the initial input for the information systems plan and influence the types of systems that the company will consider.
Once the overall orientation of the information system is clear from the strategic plan, the business systems planning process has to look at what the company does.
A strategic plan lays out the company goals and the strategies it intends to implement to achieve them.
In small businesses, such strategies often focus on financial goals and corresponding marketing plans.
Final recommendations and plans are made for the organization during this step, which encompasses information architecture, IS management and information-subsystem development and includes costs, profits and future activities.
This is the agreement of all interested parties (team, management, and sponsor) on future actions.
Business systems planning looks at the whole organization to determine what information systems the business requires to fulfill its goals.
For large businesses, this can be an expensive process involving consultants and specialists, but smaller businesses can often perform the analysis and planning in house.
An IS planning and management study should be conducted.
When the organization has finished its work on processes and data classes, it should explore the functions and goals of the system with a list of requested departmental changes and a cost analysis.