Topic I Chose:
Statement of the Problem: Systems are stovepiped resulting in data not being available where it needs to be to support global business processes.
Requiring business data from all systems available via API will improve data availability and process efficiencies.
Definitions: Stovepipe System: A stovepipe system is an system that operates as a standalone program and shares little, if any, data with other systems. etc.
Limitations: Limited access to data. Certain types of data may not be exported from certain countries due to privacy laws. etc.
Delimitations: I am curious about business process and integration wanted to improve standards for data sharing to improve business processes.
Assignment:
The process is to read the case study and,
based upon the opportunities afforded in the case, select for development an
action research topic (feasibility study). The course deliverables are:
Feasibility
study (four chapters with title page, footnotes, etc.) (APA writing
style)
Abstract (Short
version of the project i.e., Dissertations Abstract)
The paper should contain:
Situation Analysis (if your study requires a SA). Describe the situation your
project will explore. Note: Your completed situation analysis will
include a description of the industry, the organization involved, its culture
and the competitive environment together with the issue to be explored in your
project.
Statement of the
Problem
*Premise (if your study requires a premise). Present a concise
positive statement of what the student proposes to substantiate by the
correlation of the primary research project.
Qualitative terms must be defined, and the premise should be measurable. Example:
That productivity has been improved by Human Relations training.) In the example premise, the following terms
would be defined in a presentation entitled “Definitions” immediately following the premise statements: (a) Productivity. (b) Improved, and (c) Human Relation
Training.
Definitions
Disclaimers or
Study Limitation. Because the student realistically can deal only with
limited variables, there should be statements of other variables not
entertained in the study which could distort results or findings. Example:
The impact of unexpected massive layoffs.
Delimitations
Work Plan – Applied Research Methodology: This section
tells what primary and secondary research methodology will be used in the
paper.
Work Plan – Basic topic development
Bibliography/Footnotes/Endnotes/Appendix
Questionnaires,
tables, exhibits, charts, and other inclusions must be provided as part of the
project paper and may be placed in the appendix of the paper.
*Premise isn’t needed unless the study is proving the statement of the problem as a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Case Study the topic was picked from:
The following case study is the
super shell for the ITM 6000 project.
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BACKGROUND:
The company is a global
organization of 250,000 associates located throughout the world with plants,
office, and associates in every country.
The parent has given direction
that a reengineering is to happen to give a total systems approach to the
organization.
The IS/IT function is being
globalized with functions being centralized, co-located, decentralized, and
virtualized in different divisions throughout the world. You have been
challenged with the task of doing an action research-oriented feasibility study
of one of the topics in one of the defined major IS/IT functional areas.
The company is moving so fast that many areas are under study including the
following:
Management
IS/IT Management
Business Process and Integration (This is the topic I selected – specifically about application interoperability using technologies like Application Programming Interfaces (API))
Business Intelligence
Outsourcing
Purchasing
Budgeting
Auditing
Contract Management
Compliance
Projects
Project Management Office
Project Stages
Project Reporting
gile Project Management
Client Services
Support
Desktops
Workstations
Image Process
Patch Management
Training
Curriculum
Training (Outsourcing)
Classroom
Online
Certification
Application Training
Testing
Hardware
Software
Application
Package
Systems
Network Infrastructure
GWAN
LAN
MAN
PAN
VOIP
Security
Local
Global
Software
Hardware
Policies
Procedures
Auditing
Internet
Internet
Intranet
Extranet
Application Software
Systems Analysis and Design
Internal Developed Systems
Packages
Web Applications
Implementation
Application Support
Cloud Computing
Public Cloud Networks
Private Cloud Networks
Hybrid Cloud Networks
SMART Phone Technologies
SMART Phones
SMART Phone Operating Systems
SMART Phone Applications
The staff has been organized in groups and
others are working individually, through the PMO direction, to quickly develop
feasibility studies so management can pull together a phased approach to the
conversion of one of the major subsidiaries in this global organization.
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