You are a member of a small start-up firm that involves a group of 4-6 young professionals, who are graduates with Business Studies degrees, and skills in Management Information Systems. A potential client is an organisation that wishes to sub-contract the entire MIS operation to you. Your task is to create a report that discusses the key aspects of MIS relevant to the organisation.
The report consists of two parts
(i) a core part that describes how the organisation needs to consider its strategy and operations against a number of areas that correspond to the topics covered in the module
(ii) appendices that include personal recommendations from each group member with regards to for each of the areas covered in the report.
The report should also include an appendix containing a number of questions for an interview to be held with the client’s project managers in order to gain further insights of their priorities, any concerns and their organisation’s risk management strategy.
each group is free to select the potential client organisation of their choice from a range of possible sectors such as retail, entertainment, manufacturing, services, and logistics (the organisation you select must exist and you will be required to use publicly available information to support your discussion).
A group report of 3,000 words following a pre-set structure including:
· Script and notes of an interview conducted with project managers.
· Reflective discussion on sections corresponding to all topics covered in the syllabus.
· Appendices including evidence of each member’s contribution and participation in workshop activities.
First draft submission (focus on structure and plan) week 4 – 27/10/2020
Groups should submit a first draft report including all the sections as provided in the suggested structure. For each section, groups should attempt to provide a few lines explaining the main points they are planning to discuss.
Second draft submission (focus on content) week 8
Groups should submit a second draft report including as much discussion as possible for all the sections as provided in the suggested structure. For each section, groups should attempt to provide discussion that gives an indication of how the final version will look like.
The following structure is strongly recommended for all reports, as it ensures that the report sections are fully aligned with the module’s assessment criteria.
· Cover Page
o University logo
o Module code
o Module name
o Group number
o Student number and name for ALL members
o Submission date (coursework deadline)
o Computer Science Department
o Faculty of Science & Technology
o Middlesex University
· Table of Contents (ToC)
o Including all report sections with corresponding page numbers
· Section 0: Introduction
o Introduction of your consultancy start-up
o Presentation of each group member profile
o Description of the selected Case Study organisation
· Section 1: Strategic Management Principles
o Establishment of a robust strategic management process
o Conduct of the sector’s competitive analysis
o Introduction of strategic leadership approach
· Section 2: Information Systems Types
o Overview of different types of information systems relevant to the organisation
o Discussion of a suitable typology for classifying the organisation’s systems
o Description of the organisation’s information system functions
· Section 3: Managing IT Projects
o Review of the core IT project management practices
o Creation of a project management plan
o Identification of key work packages
· Section 4: Systems Development Models
o Review of appropriate systems development models
o Selection of the most suitable model for the organisation
o Description of how the model will be implemented by the organisation
· Section 5: Digital Business Models
o Overview of appropriate digital models for the specific sector
o Description of an appropriate model that is in place at the organisation
o Reflection on how the model is implemented and its impact on the organisation
· Section 6: Business Information Systems (ERP/CRM/SCM)
o Review of the organisation’s Business Information Systems
o Description of core business operations supported by these systems
o Explanation of the infrastructure and resources required for these systems
· Section 7: Globalisation Issues (marketplaces / infrastructure / workforce)
o Reflection on the organisation’s readiness for enter global markets
o Evaluation of the organisation’s infrastructure maturity for globalisation
o Review of how the organisation’s workforce would adapt to globalisation
· Section 8: Networking Issues (Social Networks / Web 2.0 / IR 4.0)
o Review of the organisation’s presence in social networks and media
o Review of the organisation’s use of the Internet for business purposes
o Review of the organisation’s practices aligned towards IR 4.0
· Section 9: Agile Approach to MIS
o Overview of agile approaches in deployment of MIS
o Introduction of an operational plan for transforming current practices
o Description of measurable key performance indicators for the agile MIS approach
· Section 10: Impact of Information Systems on Society (ethics / privacy / security / CSR)
o Reflection on the ethical impact of the organisation’s operations
o Evaluation of the organisation’s current practices towards privacy / security / safety
o Assessment of the organisation’s credo in relation to CSR
· Section 11: Intelligence and MIS (BI / AI / IE)
o Evaluation of the organisation’s maturity to integrate Business Intelligence
o Assessment of any opportunities for application of Artificial Intelligence solutions
o Assessment of the organisation’s capacity to exploit Intelligent Environments
· Section 12: Conclusions
o Summary of main suggestions for the organisation
o Identification of main constraints in applying proposed plans
o Reflection on lessons learnt for the members of the start-up
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