Essay on Too Far Ahead of the IT Curve

1176 Words May 22nd, 2014 5 Pages
Executive Summary
Peachtree is a successful and well-established healthcare organization with several institutions including hospitals, medical schools and clinics. With their broad market they have reached, they need to work on their IT system as the current system consumed so much maintenance time. They have several different incompatible IT systems in their organization amongst the institutions. Therefore Peachtree is looking or a reliable IT system to achieve their objective which is delivering efficient and effective healthcare services for their stakeholders.
Peachtree has considered several criteria for the new IT system such as flexibility within their network to accommodate all the requirements in different institutions. As the
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Cost
The new system should be cost efficient by being able to reduce future costs as the system grows and/or is developed.
Reliability
The new system needs to ensure that the quality and consistence of patient care is maintained.
Scalability
The new system needs to be able to grow with the Peachtree healthcare network as more facility and/or clinics are added.
User friendliness
The new system should be easy to use as Peachtree has a wide range of employees from new generation to experienced doctors.
Maintainability
The new system should be well structured and documented, changes can be made easily, and errors can be corrected with relative ease.
Alternatives and Recommendation
Considering the current situation Peachtree has to make a decision on whether to do nothing, direct replace their infrastructure with an expensive homogeneous standardization system or to implement a phase in conversion using an SOA system.
1) Do nothing and continue with the current IT system
Keeping everything in the way it is could be an alternative; however, with the current situations in Peachtree is not an option. As management already approved the change in their IT system and put aside a budget for a new unified system amongst the organization. Also their IT system is consuming so much maintenance time and is close to fall apart.
2) Monolithic System
Monolithic System which is a mature system allows for standardization; although, it has its limitation for flexibility

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