For this week’s discussion, I would like everyone to decide what type of business you would like to open (the possibilities are endless, as long as it is legal, ethical, and non-offensive!) and tell us about your proposed business. You can choose any type of business, but you must have a minimum of 20 employees. After giving us a short description of your proposed business, you will begin analyzing the IT requirements of your business in light of what you have learned in your textbook readings this week, and you will begin to explore the role that IT will play in your business.
1) Write a short description of your proposed business. What is the nature of your business? What type of product(s) or service(s) will your business offer? Be sure to give your business a name, so that I can list it in the list of approved topics!
2) In what ways will the information technology needs be different for upper management, middle management, operational management, and lower level employees (such as production and service workers, and data workers)?
3) Identify the main business processes in your business. What types of business information systems will you need to efficiently run the various business processes of your business?
4) What kinds of enterprise applications will your business require in order to coordinate and integrate the various business processes?
5) How will you organize the information systems function of your business? Will you have one IT expert on staff, will you have an information systems department, or will you outsource the IT function? What will be the primary responsibilities of your IT expert or department?
For this project, I intend to start a grocery store chain that collects fruits vegetables from farmers and sells them to consumers. The business will also process and package juices and smoothies for ready consumption. The proposed business name of the grocery chain is “Kikulacho Foods.”
In terms of operations, the grocery will be divided into procurement and logistics, inventory management, administration department, and store front department. The procurement and logistics department will be in charge of liaising with suppliers such as farmers to ensure that high-quality products are delivered within the required time frame. The inventory department will be in charge of taking care of the stock and managing lead times. The administration and management department comprises of human resources, IT, and finance teams. The store front team will be in charge of making sales and customer support.
The IT needs of such an organization are extensive. All employees will interact with the existing IT infrastructure at the grocery. Top-level management needs in IT are for strategic decision-making. They require refined information, such as sales reports, inventory reports, and overhead reports to determine strategic courses of action. Middle-level managers require comprehensive information based on their departments. They require complete data for creating refined reports for the top-level managers. The lowest rank of employees at the grocery are mostly involved in data entry duties, such as posting sales, recording purchases, recording deliveries, and posting invoices. The IT infrastructure for such an organization is simple. We will need an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system…