This course exposes students to the problems and methods of strategic management of large scale e-business systems. These are systems whose continuing operation and evolution is vital for the business or organisation that they serve. IT managers and CIOs must ensure that systems are effective and cost-effective, that new projects give a good return, and that emerging technologies are evaluated and, where appropriate, adopted in an orderly manner. Similarly, emerging risks such as security threats must be evaluated and addressed using appropriate and cost-effective techniques.
About half of the course is devoted to directed reading, presentations and reports on significant technologies. The other half concerns case-studies in enterprise and e-business systems.