Case: Information Management at Homestyles Hotels. This can be found on page225 in the textbook. Se

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Case: Information Management at Homestyles Hotels. This can be found on page225 in the textbook. See attached organization chart. This case takes a “horizontal” slice through a number of coexistent issues. As a result, the challenge is “knowing where to start” – just as it is in real organizations – and this requires detective work. As a precursor to answering the discussion questions found at the end of the case, it is a good idea for you to articulate the key Business challenges facing Homestyle. For example: It was impossible for the company to provide a consistent “look and feel” to their services. List them out. At least six (6) more can be found. Now, articulate the key IT challenges facing Homestyle. For example: Each individual hotel operated as its own little fiefdom with its own collection of hardware and software – some state-of-the-art and some outrageously outdated. List them out. At least six (6) more can be found. Discussion Questions: 1.Does it mak

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Running Head: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AT HIMESTYLES HOTELSInformation Management at Homestyles HotelsName:Institution:Date:1INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AT HIMESTYLES HOTELS2Information Management at Homestyles HotelsBusiness challengesOne of the challenges facing the merger is the existence of a dispute on the level ofmanagement that can use the information in the best way and also make decisions for the hotelmanagers and the head office operating the hotel. This is because they have jumped into theinformation management without setting up a clear and formal process and steps to follow.Secondly, there was no clear vision initially, on the role of IT which has less support andbusiness understanding. The resort and the hotel sections are situated in different regions, andthis has an effect of straining the information collection process as well as deciding theinformation to be collected. There was also the failure to compare the decision to invest in thethird party application for the information management with the information management takingplace in the house (McKeen & Smith, 2011). The business only engaged one business person inunderstanding the delivery challenge and the function of IT hence the failure of the business tobuy the need for the information management system.IT ChallengesThe team failed to examine the functions of IT that would be required and whether the in house operations are the preferred means of delivery. There is also a cris

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