Chapter 12

Introduction to Case Study 2

Both Parts Two and Three of this book are focused on case studies. Part Two walked through a case study using a large and mature organization as its subject; Part Three covers a case study using a midsize and growing organization as its subject.

Chapters 12 to 16 walk through the full information technology (IT) assessment and optimization steps outlined over Chapters 1 to 6 for a midsize and growing company with a base of existing IT systems.

Figure 12.1 illustrates the steps involved in optimizing and assessing IT.

Figure 12.1 Steps for Optimizing and Assessing IT

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The case study in Part Three of the book covers all of the steps shown in Figure 12.1. For context, the materials covered in Chapters 3 to 5 focused on the second step shown in Figure 12.1, “Assess the Situation,” and Chapter 6 focused on the third step in Figure 12.1, “Quantify the Situation.”

COMPANY BACKGROUND

The subject of the case study for Part Three of the book is a company named Sigtuna Technologies. I refer to the company as Sigtuna.

Sigtuna was founded approximately 10 years ago in 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland. The company's headquarters remain in Baltimore. The company designs, builds, and supports a cloud-based enterprise software system. This system, named the Sigtuna Infinity System (or Infinity System), runs in the cloud, or remote from system users over the Internet. ...

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