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IFSM 461 Stage 1 Preliminary Investigation Report (Precision Electronic Parts) updated
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IFSM 461 Stage 1 Preliminary Investigation Report (Precision Electronic Parts) updated

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IFSM 461 Stage 1 Preliminary Investigation Report (Precision Electronic Parts) updated

Stage 1:   Preliminary Investigation Report

before you begin this assignment, be sure you have read the Case Study and all assignments for this class, especially Stage 4:  Final System Report.

Purpose of this Assignment
 

This assignment gives you the opportunity to use industry-standard methodologies for analyzing a business situation, initiating a project, and determining various aspects of feasibility of an IT project.  This assignment specifically addresses the following course outcomes to enable you to:
 

• plan, build, and maintain systems that meet organizational strategic goals by demonstrating the use of enterprise architecture and applying enterprise governance principles and practices
 

• effectively communicate with stakeholders to determine, manage, and document business requirements throughout the SDLC

Assignment
 

The results of your systems analysis and design work in this class will be documented in a Final System Report.  The purpose of the Report is to inform management of your system proposal and gain approval to proceed with the project.  The Report will be developed and submitted in stages, which will be compiled at the end of class into the Final System Report.  Review the outline of the Final System Report in the Stage 4 Assignment description.  Note that it contains the analysis of the problem(s) and requirements, and proposes what kind of a system solution is needed.  It does not propose a specific solution, but it does recommend why and how the organization should acquire the solution.
The first step in the analysis process is to create a Preliminary Investigation Report (PIR).  The PIR documents the system planning phase of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).  During the planning phase, the opportunities presented or problem(s) to be solved with an information technology system are identified, investigation into the current situation occurs, and various feasibility aspects of implementing a system are analyzed.  This results in a recommendation for further action with estimated costs and schedule, and a list of benefits.  Once it is completed and approved, the PIR becomes the major source document for use to begin the systems analysis phase.
To start, read the case study carefully.  The case study tells you that the executives at Precision Electronics Parts, Inc., have identified a need to replace the current customer billing and payment system and re-engineer the associated processes. As you review the case study, list the most important relevant business problems and identify the information presented that you will need to complete the sections of the Preliminary Investigation Report shown below.  All of the information you need to complete the projects in this class is not provided in the case study.  In the discussion area of the classroom, there is a discussion titled “Case Study Interview Questions” where you can pose questions about the case study, as if you were interviewing the people in the case study organization.  Any information that you need that is not included in the case study should be asked about in this discussion.  Responses from the faculty member on behalf of the case study organization will be available for everyone in the class.
Using the case study and the outline and resources listed below, develop your Preliminary Investigation Report.  Approximate lengths for each section are provided as a guideline; be sure to provide all pertinent information.  References in brackets are to the two e-textbooks (by authors Jawahar and Conger) used in this class and the page on which the explanatory information begins.

 

• Introduction (1 paragraph)
• Brief statement of the problem or system

 

• Name of person or group who initiated the investigation
 

• Name of person or group who performed the investigation
 

• Problem to be solved – The basis of the system request, including an explanation of major problems or opportunities (1 paragraph)
 

• Findings
 

• Scope of proposed system (1 paragraph describing the system boundaries – what is included, perhaps where it stops)
 

• Constraints (1 paragraph, including a short list of constraints) [Jawahar, p. 61]
 

• Fact Finding – significant findings and conclusions (1 paragraph with more than one finding and conclusion to be drawn; source is the case study and responses to questions posed in the Case Study Interview Questions discussion)
 

• Current Costs – cost of current system (1 short paragraph; source is the case study and responses to questions posed in the Case Study Interview Questions discussion)
 

• Feasibility Analysis: This is not a complete Feasibility Report; instead it is a discussion of whether and how the proposed systems is technically, financially and organizationally feasible.  Describe what aspects of the organization in the case study and the proposed system make it technically, financially and organizationally feasible.  [Jawahar, p. 65]
 

• Technical Feasibility (1 paragraph)
 

• Financial Feasibility (1 paragraph)
 

• Organizational/Behavioral Feasibility (1 paragraph)
 

• Recommendation for further action

• in estimate of how long it would take to implement the system and have it available for use, and a rough cost estimate for the entire project (short paragraph with estimated time and cost)

• Expected benefits – tangible (with  estimated quantification) and intangible benefits (introductory paragraph and  list of tangible (quantified) and intangible benefits) [Conger, p. 148]
 

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Stage 2:   Requirements Specification

Before you begin this assignment, be sure you have read the Case Study and all assignments for this class, especially Stage 4:  Final System Report.  The feedback you received on your Stage 1 assignment should be reviewed and used as you proceed with Stage 2.

Purpose of this Assignment

his assignment gives you the opportunity to specify clear and concise requirements, including the use of data and process models, for a system that enables a productive change in a way the business is conducted.  This assignment specifically addresses the following course outcomes to enable you to:

• apply a systematic approach to translate requirements into an executable systems design
• effectively communicate with stakeholders to determine, manage, and document business requirements throughout the SDLC
• perform modeling to assist with analysis and decision making

Assignment

The results of your systems analysis and design work in this class will be documented in a Final System Report.  The purpose of the Report is to inform management of your system proposal and gain approval to proceed with the project.  The Report will be developed and submitted in stages, which will be compiled at the end of class into the Final System Report.  Review the outline of the Final System Report in the Stage 4 Assignment description.  Note that it contains the analysis of the problem(s) and requirements, and proposes what kind of a system solution is needed.  It does not propose a specific solution, but it does recommend why and how the organization should acquire the solution.

Following the Preliminary Investigation Report (Stage 1 assignment), the next step is to identify the requirements for a system, documenting them in the Requirements Specification document.  The purpose of the Requirements Specification is to clearly define what the proposed system will do in non-technical user-oriented language.  It should identify what data is entered into the system, what output is required, what processes the system should perform, what protections and controls are needed, what performance is expected, and what the business continuity needs are.  In order to clearly express the requirements, data and process models are used to communicate how the system should work.

All of the information you need to complete the projects in this class is not provided in the case study.  In the discussion area of the classroom, there is a discussion titled “Case Study Interview Questions” where you can pose questions about the case study, as if you were interviewing the people in the case study organization.  Any information that you need that is not included in the case study should be asked about in this discussion.  Responses from the faculty member on behalf of the case study organization will be available for everyone in the class.    

Use the information provided in the case study and the Case Study Interview Questions discussion to create a checklist of functional and technical requirements and the data and process models listed below.  Using the format and resources below, list three requirements for each of the areas shown in I and II.  Then, create two diagrams to illustrate the scope of the system:  the context diagram and the use case diagram.   Then, create the data flow diagram to illustrate the flow of the inputs and outputs listed as functional requirements in section I.  You should then select a process or process step (from those listed in section I.b – processing requirements) that has some decision associated with it to create the three process models listed below.  The same process/process step will be used for all three of the process models; they are just different ways to represent the process and the decision involved. Approximate lengths for each section are provided as a guideline; be sure to provide all pertinent information.  References in brackets are to the two e-textbooks (by authors Jawahar and Conger) used in this class and the page on which the explanatory information begins.  Use the examples listed in the brackets to develop your diagrams.  There are several different methodologies using different symbols, but your diagrams will be graded for compliance with the examples listed.  You are required to use the symbols and diagramming methods illustrated in the examples, and follow any rules for the diagram in the sources listed with each diagram.

Requirements Specification

Background:  First, provide a brief description of your proposed system to establish the context for the Requirements Specification.

I. Functional Requirements.  The input-processing-output requirements must relate to each other.  Start with three outputs you expect from the system, then determine what inputs are needed to create each of those outputs, and finally specify what processing needs to occur for each input to create the output.  At least one of your processing requirements must have a decision associated with it so it can be used for the Process Models below. You should have a complete statement for each requirement, and each requirement should be numbered within the category. (introductory paragraph and list of 9 inter-related requirement statements) [Jawahar, p. 95 and the Week 3 Content, including reading on IEEE Software Requirements Specifications]   [another source of ideas and concepts is:  
 

a. Output requirements.  List three different reports, results of a calculation, or other outputs.
i. Output #1
ii. Output #2
iii. Output #3

 

b.   Input requirements.
i. List the main data elements required to create output #1
ii. List the main data elements required to create output #2
iii. List the main data elements required to create output #3

 

c. Processing requirements (at least one must have a decision associated with it)
 

i. Processing required to create Output #1
 

ii. Processing required to create Output #2
 

iii. Processing required to create Output #3
 

II. Technical Requirements (introductory paragraph and 3 requirement statements listed for each area below) [Jawahar, p. 95]
a.   Security requirements
b.   System control requirements
c.   Performance requirements
d.   Business continuity requirements (backup, restart, recovery)

 

III. System Scope Diagrams (introductory/explanatory paragraph and 2 diagrams) [a good explanation and example is at
a. Context Diagram [explanation in Conger, p.228; use example in Conger, p.229. Figure 7.2]
b. Use Case Diagram [use example in weblink above]

 

IV. Data Flow Diagram (introductory/explanatory paragraph and diagram) [Week 4 Content module and weblinks]
a. Data Flow Diagram [explanation in Conger, p.228; use example in Conger, p.230, Figure 7.3; use the rules at

V.  Process Models (introductory/explanatory paragraph and 3 items below) [Week 4 Systems Analysis Course Module]
a.   Structured English [use example in Systems Analysis Course Module, Process Description Tools]
b.   Decision Table [use example in Systems Analysis Course Module, Process Description Tools]
c.   Decision Tree [use example in Systems Analysis Course Module, Process Description Tools]

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IFSM 461 Stage 3 System Design Specification (Precision Electronic Parts) updated

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IFSM 461 Stage 3  System Design Specification (Precision Electronic Parts) updated

Stage 3:   System Design Specification

Before you begin this assignment, be sure you have read the Case Study and all assignments for this class, especially Stage 4:  Final System Report.  The feedback you received on your Stage 1 and Stage 2 assignments should be reviewed and used as you proceed with Stage 3

Purpose of this Assignment

This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply a systematic approach to translate requirements into a high-level logical system design.  This assignment specifically addresses the following course outcomes to enable you to:

• apply a systematic approach to translate requirements into an executable systems design
• effectively communicate with stakeholders to determine, manage, and document business requirements throughout the SDLC

Assignment

The results of your systems analysis and design work in this class will be documented in a Final System Report.  The purpose of the Report is to inform management of your system proposal and gain approval to proceed with the project.  The Report will be developed and submitted in stages, which will be compiled at the end of class into the Final System Report.  Review the outline of the Final System Report in the Stage 4 Assignment description.  Note that it contains the analysis of the problem(s) and requirements, and proposes what kind of a system solution is needed.  It does not propose a specific solution, but it does recommend why and how the organization should acquire the solution.

Following the Requirements Specification (Stage 2 assignment), the next step is to develop the System Design Specification.  The System Design Specification builds on the Requirements Specification to illustrate how the files/database(s) will be laid out, how the output (forms, reports, and/or screens) and input (forms and/or screens) should be designed.  As you develop this assignment, you should refer to your Stage 2 Requirements Specification (and the feedback you received) and use the inputs and outputs you listed to create the input and output layouts and the file/database design.

All of the information you need to complete the projects in this class is not provided in the case study.  In the discussion area of the classroom, there is a discussion titled “Case Study Interview Questions” where you can pose questions about the case study, as if you were interviewing the people in the case study organization.  Any information that you need that is not included in the case study should be asked about in this discussion.  Responses from the faculty member on behalf of the case study organization will be available for everyone in the class.    

Use the case study and the Case Study Interview Questions discussion, along with your Stage 2 Requirements Specification (including the feedback received), and resources below, to create a System Design Specification in the format shown below.  Include your corrected Stage 2 Requirements Specifications as the first part of this assignment.  Approximate lengths for each section of the Systems Design Specification are provided as a guideline; be sure to provide all pertinent information.  The sources of explanatory materials can be found in the Week 5 Content readings.

Requirements Specification

Include your Requirements Specification from Stage 2, with corrections from the feedback included.  This will establish the context for your System Design Specification to follow.  

System Design Specification

I. Introduction.  Provide an appropriate introduction to this document.  (one paragraph)
 

II. Output Layout.  Begin with the three outputs listed in your Requirements Specification.  For each of them, create a diagram or table illustrating what the output would look like. (use a short paragraph to introduce this section and each diagram, table or illustration should use about ½ of a page)
A. Output Layout #1.
B. Output Layout #2.
C. Output Layout #3.

 

III. Input Layout.  Using the data elements listed in your Requirements Specification, create a diagram or table illustrating what the input screen would look like for each of the three sets of input.  (use a short paragraph to introduce this section and each diagram, table or illustration should use about ½ of a page)
A. Input Layout #1.
B. Input Layout #2.
C. Input Layout #3.

 

IV. File/database Design ERDs.  For each of the three sets of outputs and inputs, create an Entity Relationship Diagram showing how the data elements are related to each other [see explanation at 
 

V. Depending on the inputs and outputs identified, there may be some overlap of the data elements in the ERDs; a separate ERD should be developed for each pair of inputs/outputs.  (use a short paragraph to introduce this section, and each ERD should be on one page)
A. File/database Design ERD #1.
B. File/database Design ERD #2.
C. File/database Design ERD #3.

Submitting Your Assignment

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IFSM 461 Stage 4 Final System Report (Precision Electronic Parts) updated

 

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IFSM 461 Stage 4 Final System Report (Precision Electronic Parts) updated

Stage 4:  Final System Report

Before you begin this assignment, be sure you have read the Case Study and the feedback you received on your first three staged assignments.
 

Purpose of this Assignment
 

This assignment gives you the opportunity to explain and justify a system proposal to gain approval to proceed with the project.  This assignment addresses all of the course outcomes to enable you to:

• plan, build, and maintain systems that meet organizational strategic goals by demonstrating the use of enterprise architecture and applying enterprise governance principles and practices  need assessment
• apply a systematic approach to translate requirements into an executable systems design
• effectively communicate with stakeholders to determine, manage, and document business requirements throughout the SDLC
• perform modeling to assist with analysis and decision making

Assignment

The proposed systems design is documented in the form of a Final Systems Report. This report defines objectives and how the proposed system design will satisfy them. The primary purpose of the report is to inform and gain approval to proceed with the project. It should be presented in terms that management and users understand. The Final System Report will be compiled from the previously submitted Staged Assignments, supplemented with information about implementation personnel requirements and time and cost estimates.  Rather than paste together all of the previous assignments, the outline below should be followed and will require you to re-arrange sections of the previous assignments. 

All of the information you need to complete the projects in this class is not provided in the case study.  In the discussion area of the classroom, there is a discussion titled “Case Study Interview Questions” where you can pose questions about the case study, as if you were interviewing the people in the case study organization.  Any information that you need that is not included in the case study should be asked about in this discussion.  Responses from the faculty member on behalf of the case study organization will be available for everyone in the class.    

Use the case study and the Case Study Interview Questions discussion, your previously submitted staged assignments (including the feedback received), and resources and source documents (previously submitted documents, as corrected) listed below to create a Final System Report in the format provided.  Note that sections are re-organized and some paragraphs may need to be re-written using earlier content but presented as required here.  Items highlighted in yellow indicate sections that need to be added to or created for this Report.

Final System Report

 

I. Introduction to the full systems study. (This section will come from your Stage 1:  Preliminary Investigation Report, re-written or re-organized as appropriate.)
A. An overview of the events leading up to the study
B. The subject of the study
C. The objective and scope of the proposed system
D. A statement of recommendations and justifications for the proposed system

 

II. Description of the current process/system (This section will come from your Stage 1 Assignment:  Preliminary Investigation Report.)
A. A brief description of the current process or the current system and how it is used
B. The purpose of the current process or system
C. The problems with the current process or system and the rationale for a updated system
D. The operating cost of the present system, if applicable

 

III. Description of the proposed system (Sections A-E will come from your Stage 1 Assignment:  Preliminary Investigation Report; other sections from sources as indicated.)
 

A. An overview of the proposed system
 

B. The scope of the project
 

C. The tangible and intangible benefits of the proposed system
 

D. Feasibility Analyses
 

E. Time and cost estimates to implement the proposed system
 

F. Requirements Checklist  (Stage 2 assignment:  Requirements Specification)
 

G. Data Models (Stage 2 assignment:  Requirements Specification)
 

H. Process Models (Stage 2 assignment:  Requirements Specification
 

I. System Design Specification (Stage 3 assignment:  System Design Specification)
 

J. Recommended Acquisition Strategy – Respond to each of the following and provide brief explanations of your choices. (New, to be developed) [Week 6 Content reading on Acquisition Strategy]
 

i. Identify scope of what to buy
1. Product or service?
2. Commercial-off-the-shelf or custom?
3. Use in-house or contractor support?

 

ii. Select hosting alternative (dedicated servers, data center, or cloud computing)
 

K. Implementation Plan (New, to be developed)
i. A list of personnel needs to develop, install and maintain the updated system
ii. A proposed timetable for installing the proposed system and staff-hours required to complete the project

 

IV. Financial Information
A. The operating cost of the present system, if applicable (from Stage 1)
B. The estimated implementation cost of the proposed system  (from Stage 1; updated with any updated information)
C. The estimated operating cost and the estimated useful life of the updated system (New, to be developed)
D. The tangible and intangible benefits of the proposed system (add to those listed in Stage 1 to include financial benefits)

 

V. Summary – A summary with a positive statement for implementing the proposed system. The summary should include any concerns about the timetable, funds, software, hardware, or personnel available for the project. (New, to be developed)

 

Submitting Your Assignment
 

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