The textbook introduces Rocky Mountain Outfitters (RMO), which will provide the basis for our final project. RMO’s strategic information systems plan calls for building a new supply chain management (SCM) system prior to building a customer support system (CSS). The objective of the project is to have you, the student, do some of the common analysis and design tasks and demonstrate some of the skills that a successful systems analyst would use to plan, develop, and implement the desired SCM system. Everything required for the project is demonstrated and explained in the textbook. Obviously, since this is an academic exercise, all tasks and skills covered in the course cannot be addressed.
The course project requires you to complete two reports that cover the eight steps indicated below. See the Course Calendar for the due dates for each report. Project Report 2 focuses on some of the tasks associated with developing and implementing the plan proposed in Project Report 1.
Each of the steps, as discussed in the textbook, includes the use of some tools and methodologies such as data flow diagrams (DFDs), entity-relationship diagrams (ERDs), work breakdown structures (WBS), and so forth. Be sure to include examples of the appropriate methods or tools when completing each section of the report.
In presenting the various sections of the final project reports, include discussions of alternatives to the final approaches chosen wherever appropriate.
This project addresses the following module objectives: 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1
Project Report 1: Steps 1-4 (3 pages APA style):
Project Report 1 (steps 1‒4) focuses on defining, justifying, and planning the project.
Step 1: Define the project
This step should clearly define the project including, at a minimum: a description of the business need to be addressed, a statement of the project's scope and general feasibility, a “ballpark” schedule, and a resource plan and budget.
Step 2: Identify system requirements
This step should discuss the analysis activities associated with understanding and documenting the business needs and processing requirements for the proposed system. What are the desired outputs of the system and what are the major data requirements? Also, the constraints that are expected should be discussed.
Step 3: Develop a feasibility study
This section of the report will use the items developed in steps 1 and 2 to specify the project’s risks and probability of its success, and will confirm the project’s feasibility in each of the dimensions mentioned in the textbook: economic, technological, organizational, etc.
Step 4: Schedule the project
This final section of Report 1 will develop a detailed project schedule and indicate specific resource needs.
Project Report 2: Steps 5-8 (3 pages APA style):
Project Report 2 focuses on some of the tasks associated with developing and implementing the plan proposed in Project Report 1.
Step 5: Gather and organize data
This step should discuss how data will be collected, organized, manipulated, and presented. There also should be some discussion of how the user will interface with the system and how data and system security and integrity will be assured.
Step 6: Design system and documentation
This step should indicate the major elements and decision points of the proposed system and should identify the types of system and user documentation that will be produced, ideally with examples.
Step 7: Develop an implementation approach
This step should detail a plan for implementing the system including schedules, resources, data conversion techniques, and a “fall-back” or contingency approach.
Step 8: Develop a training approach and schedule for end users
This section should detail a plan and schedule for training and supporting users in the use of the new system.
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This report is based on the company Rocky Mountain Outfitters (RMO) that has been operating as manufacturer and distributor of sports clothing. As it plans to develop a strategic information system, it has developed a new plan to upgrade its supply chain management function so that there is greater coordination between inventory control, distribution and production functions (Jackson et al, 2010). The project management strategies have been applied to this project to complete it within the stated time and cost parameters.
RMO is a sports clothing manufacturer and distributor and it is investing to develop e-commerce platforms to match supply with demand and reduce the processing time associated with orders. The project seeks to develop an effective supply chain management system which would integrate all the functions of inventory management, production and distribution and would also work seamlessly with the customer support system so that customers can get accurate estimates about delivery times and item availability.
The project’s scope is limited to upgrading the existing system so that there is higher integration across different functions of the enterprise. It would also extend to installation of the same system to the suppliers so that inventory and information flows can be managed on a real-time basis. It would also be user-friendly so that the users find it easy to use and access rather than view it as a complicated structure that is difficult to handle. The structured life cycle approach would be used to take the system live. The project is feasible on economic and financial aspects since...