Growing dependency on IT in business causes strategic IS Planning (SISP) is getting paramount. Despite extensive works that investigate SISP in large organisations, studies amongst Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are relatively limited. In view of unique nature of the SMEs, firms may not fully consider phases and approaches of IS planning as recommended in large organisations. Thus, this paper tries to gain understanding on the phases involved in developing strategic IS planning and its implementation strategy as practised by SMEs. A case study technique was employed to collect information with regards to objective of the study. Three firms located in Northern part of Malaysia have agreed to participate in the case study. These companies involved in three distinct businesses, namely manufacturing, printing services, and food and beverages. Findings suggest that companies practice different phases of SISP. While some companies adopt complete phases as recommended, others are more selective by merely consider phases that correspond to the most crucial issues the firms are dealing with. Furthermore, companies practise different approach in their implementation strategy. Despite diversity on the approached employed, the main aim of SISP in these firms remain i.e. to ensure that the chosen system/technology could assist the firms in meeting business objectives.
Keywords: Strategic IS planning, SISP, SMEs, strategic, case study
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