The first step will be to select a project as the target for your analysis. This project will be used as the basis for each of the assignments throughout the course and should conform to the following guidelines:

Nontrivial: The selected project should be large enough to allow reasonable exercise of the system analysis and design process.

Domain Knowledge: You should be familiar enough with the organization or system category to allow focus on the planning tasks without significant time required for domain education.

Accessibility: You should have good access to the people and other information related to the organization or system because this will be an important part of the process.

Select an enterprise system project that fits these requirements and submit your proposal to your instructor before proceeding further with the assignments in the course. Approval should be sought within the first several days of the course. Your instructor will tell you how to submit this proposal and what notification will be given for project approval.

Assignment:

For the assignments in this course you will be developing a comprehensive document entitled Consultant’s Analysis Report on Enterprise Systems. Your first task in this process will be to select a project to use as the basis of your plan. You will also create the shell document for the final project deliverable that you will be working on during each unit. As you proceed through each project week, you will add content to each section of the final document to gradually complete the final project delivery. Appropriate research should be conducted to support the analysis in your plan, and assumptions may be made when necessary.

The project deliverables are:

Submit project proposal to instructor for approval

Consultant’s Analysis Report on Enterprise Systems Shell

Use MS Word

Title page

Course number and name

Project name

Student name

Date

Table of contents

Use autogenerated TOC.

Separate page

Maximum of 3 levels deep

Be sure to update fields of TOC so it is up-to-date before submitting project

Section headings (create each heading on a new page with TBD as content except for sections listed under “New content” below)

Project Outline

System Requirements

Architecture Selection

Resources and Timeline

Security

Final Analysis and Recommendations

New content

Project Outline

Give a brief description of the project.

Information from the assignment description may be used, but additional details should be provided based on assumptions about the company and project that you feel are appropriate. This section should include the reason for the new distributed system, approximate timeframe and budget to complete the project, and some major deliverables of the project.

System Requirements

This section should list the requirements of the system in sufficient detail to allow a design team to create the design document.

Describe the functions the system should perform.

Identify the method of delivery (Web, client software, etc.).

List the types of target users.

Provide any additional information you feel will affect the design of the system, such as projected load on the system, globalization, or regulatory issues regarding the information that will be handled in the system.

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