Demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of Enterprise

Page 1 of 5 SBM4203 Management Information Systems Semester 2, 2017 Date due: Week 10 Value: Group/individual: 30% Individual Assignment 2: Proposal This assignment assesses the student’s understanding of the theoretical learning to practical, real world situations. Rationale This is a great opportunity for the students to develop a proposal to demonstrate their awareness of: • Demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems on businesses. • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved in the design, implementation and maintenance of ERP Systems. • Evaluate the benefits and limitations of use of ERP System. Case Study: RealTech organization RealTech is an information system organization is specializing in developing and deployment of new technology and information systems. The main strategic plan for this organization is to help organization stay current with new trends and technology capabilities in addition to provide excellent service to the customers. Currently, the RealTech includes the following departments: Marketing and Sales, Accounting and Finance, Research and Development, Management, IT support, and Human Resource. A Supply Chain Management (SCM) application is currently used which was deployed ten years ago, as a client/server application using Java and Oracle. The SCM supports developing production plans, ordering hardware equipment from suppliers, receiving the equipment into the stores, manufacturing products, maintaining facilities, and shipping products to customers, inventory control, purchasing, and distribution. However, the integration of business functions operations is very poor and needs improvements. Most of RealTech department face a difficult challenge keeping all their information systems current, effective and integrated. The SCM designed for outdated operational methods and typically lack Page 2 of 5 modern technologies and features that some competitors have adopted to improve efficiency. The RealTech managers plan to replace the whole system with ERP software application. The Tasks Prepare a report to propose an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system software for the RealTech organization. Your proposal should consider the followings: 1. Identify and differentiate four types of ERP software applications that provides integrate and efficient management of the business operations. 2. Propose one specific ERP software application can be used by the RealTech to integrate and coordinate information in every area of the business. Justify your answer. 3. Explain the main features of the proposed application that suit the RealTech business functions. 4. Discuss how the new system help ease the transition for the organization. 5. Discuss how the new application can help the main functional areas of the RealTech operations: Marketing and Sales, Supply Chain Management, Accounting and Finance, and Human Resources. Report Layout The report should be organised using the following headings and guidelines: 1. A cover title page 2. Introduction a. Should clearly define the aims and objectives of the proposal project in the report. b. Explain what contents will be covered in the report. c. A briefly describe on the ERP 3. ERP application software. a. Four types of ERP application software. b. A brief description on each ERP software application. c. ERP application software comparison. 4. Selection of the most suitable ERP application software for RealTech. a. Detail description on the features of the propose ERP application. b. General description on how the selected ERP suits the RealTech operations. 5. The integration of ERP with the RealTech business operations. a. Integration with Marketing and Sales. b. Integration with Supply Chain Management. c. Integration with Accounting and Finance. d. Integration with Human Resources. 6. Conclusions and recommendations • Evaluate the benefits and limitations of the proposed ERP software system. 7. References Page 3 of 5 Assessment criteria Marks for Assessment 2 will be allocated as follows: Assessing the quality and completeness of response to the presentation topic as follows: SBM4203 Management Information Systems Semester 2, 2017 (report) Worth 30% Marking Guide Student Name: Student ID: The extent to which the task description was fulfilled, both in terms of quality and completeness (65%) Mark Result Title cover page (with course title/name, student number/name, lecturer, tutor) 5 Introduction – Aims and objectives of report clearly defined – A briefly describe on the ERP 5 5 Discussion on four types of ERP application software. 5 ERP application software comparison. 5 Description on the features of the propose ERP application. 5 Discussion on how the selected ERP suits the RealTech operations. 5 Integration with Marketing and Sales. 5 Integration with Supply Chain Management. 5 Integration with Accounting and Finance. 5 Integration with Human Resources. 5 Conclusions and recommendations 5 References 5 TOTAL: 65 Page 4 of 5 Assessment criteria HD Excellent D Very Good C Good P Satisfactory F Poor Marks Obtained The extent to which the task description was fulfilled, both in terms of quality and completeness (65%) The degree of conceptual clarity demonstrated (10%) • Demonstrated understanding of the necessary concepts/ theories involved • Demonstrated understanding of the nature and complexities of managerial work Clarity of expression (5%) • The writing is fluent, exhibiting grammatically correct sentences that are appropriately punctuated. • There is no spelling or typing errors and due regard is given to rules of capitalisation and abbreviation, gender neutral expression etc. • The introduction is appropriate to the type and format of response and clearly outlines the focus. • The body of the response is well structured, with coherent and logical development of key ideas in appropriate sections/ paragraphs. • The conclusion is appropriate to type and format of the response, successfully summarising the key ideas/ issues/findings Correct presentation (5%) • The response conforms to the appropriate style guide advice and the specified format Page 5 of 5 (report format) • The writing style is appropriate to the task • Complete cover page information with signature Citation of sources and list of references (5%) • Key ideas from the literature are effectively paraphrased and/or quoted • In-text citations and direct quotes follow referencing guide rules (correct and complete) • Reference list appropriately compiled Description Total marks: Total marks obtained: Comments: Lecturer: Location: Date:

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