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Cloud-Based Enterprise Resource Planning System: Key Factors to Consider and Managerial Implications

This Assignment assesses the following module Learning Outcomes (from Definitive Module Document):

  1. Explainand assess the role of Information Systems within the manufacturing 

  2. Examinethe requirements of inter-connected computer 

  3. Apply analytical tools relevant to the design and implementation of information 

  4. Solve problems relating to integrated computer 

  5. Critically evaluate the application of e-commerce tools within a modern manufacturing

  6. Evaluate an IT/IS implementation programme taking into account, resource, quality and cost issues.

Assignment Tasks:

Advances in information technology are pushing the boundaries of enterprise resource planning systems to the benefit of production and service organizations. One of such advances is the emergence of cloud-based enterprise resource planning systems.

  1. Explain what is meant by cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and give examples of shop floor data that can be stored in a Cloud-based ERP 

  2. Conducta literature review to answer the following research 

    1. What are the key factors to consider when choosing a cloud-based ERP system?

    2. What are the benefits of Cloud-based ERP for small and medium manufacturing enterprises?

  3. Critically discuss the managerial implications of your 


You must present your work as follows.

Your submission for this assignment must be a written report. The report must contain no more than 2500±10% words including any diagrams, calculations, figures and/or tables where appropriate. Reports shorter than the word count will not lose marks but will lead to the omission of material which can gain them. Any words over the suggested word count will not be marked.

Do not use any mechanism, such as embedded jpeg images containing significant text, to circumvent the word count.

You are expected to provide a range of secondary sources to underpin your work. These must be cited and referenced according to the Harvard Referencing System. Include the word count in the header of your report.

Ensure that your report is well-structured and choose appropriate number and titles for the sections of the report please. There is no need to number the references section.

Your report must follow the guidance above and must include the specific instructions outlined below.

  1. Word-processthe report on A4 
  2. Use15 line spacing.
  3. Fonttype must be Arial (font size11).
  4. Numberall 
  5. Ensurethat all diagrams / tables are labelled and 
  6. Grammar,spelling and style, as well as clarity, contribute towards the assessment of the 
  7. UseBritish Spelling e., ‘English (UK) Language’.
  8. Justifyparagraphs – Align text to both left and right margins, using your word processor to add extra space between words as necessary.

You are expected to provide a significant range of secondary sources to underpin your work. These should be cited and referenced according to the Harvard Referencing System.

Additional Note on Referencing

Mark is allocated for referencing in this assignment, and the mark is influenced by the thoroughness and integrity of the work as evidenced by your referencing. Marks are awarded not only for correct referencing practice, but also the extent to which the arguments have been supported by cited sources. As highlighted above, related work should be cited and referenced according to the Harvard Referencing System.

Submission Requirements:

The report must be submitted as a PDF file via the Assignment CW2 submission page on the module site. The report is intended to be marked anonymously. Hence, do not include any personal identifier in your submission.

Marks awarded for:

This assignment is worth 60% of the overall assessment for this module.

Marks out of 100% awarded for:


Main Tasks/Allocations

Marks Available


Knowledge and understanding of the subject particularly in the context of the topic covered in the assignment.



Explanation of a Concept:


Explain what is meant by cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and give examples of shop floor data that can be stored in a Cloud-based ERP system.


Literature Review.

Conduct a literature review to answer the following questions.



What are the key factors to consider when choosing a cloud-based ERP system?



What are the benefits of Cloud-based ERP for small and medium manufacturing enterprises?



Critical Discussion:

Critically discuss the managerial implications of your findings.


Overall presentation, report title and structure, effective communication, keeps to word limit.


Intellectual curiosity (Quality of academic sources);Use and presentation of Harvard Referencing.




Type of Feedback to be given for this assignment:

The presentation will have a percentage mark and generic feedback.

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