Axelsson, K. (1995). Realization of a Decentralized IS-Strategy. Technical Report LiTH-IDA-R-95-28, Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden. (bibtex),
Abstract: Today almost all organizations are depending on information technology. It is therefore of great importance to structure the information systems in a satisfying way. Different strategies for structuring information systems in order to create an information systems architecture have been used for several years. This paper discusses an IS-strategy that enables each business function of a decentralized organization to co-operate with other functions, without loosing their autonomy. The IS-strategy could be described as an activity based, functional approach. Three case studies in different organizations, with the strategy in common, have been conducted. Experiences of successes and failures of the strategy realization in these organizations are presented and analysed in the paper. The conclusions show that the IS-strategy can give a substantial support to decentralized organizations. To achieve this result the user participation during system development can not be disregarded.Otherwise problems with distribution of responsibility for the information systems almost inevitably occur. In decentralized organizations it is of great importance to take such problems into serious consideration.
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