In this case study, you will research an organization and determine how their business strategy differentiates them from other organizations in the same industry using Porter’s four competitive strategies model (p. 85).

1. In this case study, you will research an organization and determine how their business strategy differentiates them from other organizations in the same industry using Porter’s four competitive strategies model (p. 85).

Write a one- to two-page (250-500-word) paper to include the following:

• A brief explanation of Porter’s four competitive strategies.

o A brief explanation of how competitive strategy determines value chain structure.

• Identify and discuss the competitive strategy that the organization you researched utilizes in order to differentiate them from other organizations in the same industry.

2. Open Source Software Research Project

Research an open source software project. Examples of open source projects are listed on page 123 of your textbook. You are not restricted to the open source projects listed on page 123; you may research one of your own choosing that interests you.

In MS PowerPoint, create a presentation with slides that describe the open source software and how it works. Discuss the role this open source software has in management information systems.

Remember, management information systems is the management and use of information systems that help organizations achieve their strategies (page 10 of your textbook).

Your PowerPoint must have a minimum of four slides. Be sure to use the 7X7 rule in PowerPoint: no more than 7 lines per slide and no more than 7 words per line. Use of images, graphics, and diagrams is required. Be sure to include your sources on a references slide in APA format.

3. Cloud Profitability

In a one- to two-page paper (250-500 words), discuss whether or not there are cost benefits to cloud computing using specific examples. Be sure to include at least three reference sources.

APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed.

4. Data Warehouses and Data Marts

Write a one- to two-page (250-500 word) paper that discusses the differences between data warehouses and data marts. Also, discuss how organizations can use data warehouses and data marts to acquire data. You must use the CSU Online Library to locate at least two sources for your paper.

APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed.

5. Business Process Management

In this writing assignment, you will explore how organizations use business process management (BPM). Write a one-page (250-word) paper explaining how organizations use business process management (BPM). Be sure to use at least one specific example from the CSU Online Library, and address the following in your paper:

• What is business process management (BPM)?

• Why do processes need management?

• What are BPM activities?

APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed.

6. Utilizing the unit lessons, textbook, CSU Online Library, and other outside sources, write a two-page (not including title and reference pages) Research Paper identifying the key components of information systems management discussed throughout this course.

Provide a description of an organization you are familiar with (possibly a company you have worked for in the past or are currently working for) and describe briefly what services they contribute. Then, select three out of the six questions below, and provide detailed answers, supporting those answers by referencing any sources used. Be sure to use examples from your research to strengthen your argument as needed.

• What personal knowledge management tools does this organization utilize?

• What steps has this organization taken in securing their information and knowledge?

• What has this organization done to gain and sustain an advantage over their competitors?

• Describe in detail how this organization manages the components of its IT infrastructure.

• In what ways does the organization demonstrate successful collaboration?

• Identify at least two types of hardware and two types of software used by this organization.

APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed.

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