BPIS

Department of Business Planning and Information Systems

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Modern developments in technology and administrative-economical sciences along with their application in the global market have formed an entirely new framework for economic and social development. The transnational movement of capital and information, the restructuring of the international division of labour, the acceleration of all of economic integration processes and the globalization of national economies are among the factors that dominate the new setting. Thus, an increasing number of businesses - economic entities have already developed or are now in the process of developing operational planning supported by appropriate informational policies to cope with increased uncertainty resulting from these changes. These informational policies cover four main areas:

  • The central management of operational data
  • The handling and processing of information, marketing and sales, information relating to promotion
  • Security as an operational policy
  • Integrated databanks

The tendency in the business environment is moving towards the development of operational information technology policies beyond the current sensitive information control, aiming at including the necessary guidelines for business management resources on the following four areas:

i. Planning and control of production processes

ii. Planning and management of human resources

iii. Marketing and sales planning

iv. Financial planning

Most of the guidelines for the management refer mainly to the means used, rather than the object in question. The methodological adequacy is now more necessary because of the wide range of information needed in planning processes.

One of the domains of operational policy is to identify the algorithms - operational planning models and characteristics of the required equipment. Then, it is necessary to develop procedures so as to direct information and programming resources towards activities related to business goals. In its final form, the operational planning policy and the information policy of a company should include:

  • Infrastructure in information processing and operational planning models
  • Infrastructure in information resources
  • Procedures for information flow
  • Suitable human resources

These elements form the necessary conditions to allow the development and implementation of operational projects in the medium and longer term.

In this context, the Curriculum of the Department includes modules in:

  • Business Administration, operational planning and analysis of economic and business notions. In this area, there are identified and assessed the relationship between structure, conduct and performance of open operational systems.
  • Quantitative Methods in Management and Analysis, which is developing and applying quantitative approaches to the relationships identified in the previous section.
  • Information and Communication Systems, Computer Science, illustrating the approaches under which information systems tend to form an integrated platform based on operating data, in order to provide administration with an immediate decision making process and the definition of a long-term strategy for the company. This effort is based on the excellent performance of new Information and Communication Technology Systems and on the integration with new business concepts and data.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 11 May 2012 16:44