Towards Sustainability Information Systems
Procedia Computer Science
Companies have to submit the postulate of sustainability. Therefore, they necessarily need comprehensive support by efficient information for remaining competitive taking sustainability into account. But such type of information systems are neither existing in practice nor are they treated scientifically in a comprehensive manner. Merely, concerning sustainability mission statements and reporting knowledge and results are available. But this will describe but not support or force
... orce sustainability. Sustainability is defined as the optimization of not only its three components but also its mutual integration. Strategic information management suggests strategic situation analysis, strategic target planning, strategy development and strategic information system planning as sequence of process steps for developing corporate relevant portfolio of information systems. Precondition for an individual design of such a portfolio is the availability of a common sustainability target system. Therefore, it will be necessary to prepare a hierarchical target system for each of the three components of sustainability and to examine the relationships between all identified target elements in how far they are harmonic or whether it will be possible to harmonize them. By the availability of such a harmonized integrative sustainability target system precondition are given to develop a portfolio of sustainability information systems.