Business Systems Planning and Business Information Control Study: A comparison
by J. A. Zachman
Business Systems Planning (BSP) and Business Information Control Study (BICS) are two information system planning study methodologies that specifically employ enterprise analysis techniques in the course of their analyses. Underlying the BSP and BICS analyses are the data management problems that result from systems design approaches that optimize the management of technology at the expense of managing the data. In comparing BSP and BICS, five similarities and five differences are selected for discussion, and, finally, the strengths and weaknesses of each methodology are noted. The choice between using one or the other methodology is strongly influenced by the immediate intent of the study sponsor, tempered by the limiting factors currently surrounding the BICS methodology.