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IFSM-300 Case Study, Stage 2: Business Process Analysis & Technology Solution Proposal

December 14, 2020

Before you begin this assignment, be sure you:

1.    Read the “UMUC Haircuts Case Study” & review “Walmart Example.”

2.    Review the process you identified in stage one and your instructor’s feedback.

Text Box: Purpose of this Assignment  This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply your analysis skills to model a business process.  Modeling the process as it exists (and as it will exist) will aid in the analysis, design, development and implementation of the technology solution.   This assignment also gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge of technology solutions to improve a business process. This assignment specifically addresses the following course outcomes to enable you to:  • analyze internal and external business processes to identify information systems requirements.  • identify and plan IT solutions that meet business objectives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of Business Process Analysis for UMUC Hair Cuts

For your Stage 1assignment for the Case Study, you identified a strategy for competitive advantage and a business process that you would improve through the application of technology.  

In Stage 2, it is time to implement your strategy for a competitive advantage for UMUC Haircuts.  You will do this by strategically developing the business process that you have identified that needs improvement.  The success of your competitive advantage is going to be dependent on how well you improve the business process you selected in Stage 1.

In a large company, business and IT would work together to develop and implement the business process.  In this case study, you are the consultant that will plan and implement  your proposed technology solution keeping in mind the business process that you are improving and the technology you will use to guarantee success and give UMUC Haircuts a competitive advantage.

For this stage of the case study you will explain the process you selected for improvement, identify and explain a technology solution to improve the process, describe the solution components, explain how the technology solution will improve the process, and how it support the Strategy for Competitive Advantage.  You will provide two models, or diagrams, that demonstrate the steps in the business process as it exists today (AS IS model) and the steps in the business process as it will exist after the technology solution is implemented (TO BE model).

 

Resources:

Stage One Notes:  Strategy for Competitive Advantage
                              Business Process to Improve

 

Solution Components:

The table below identifies the Information Technology components and Business resources that will be needed to implement the solution for the business process you have identified.

Information Technology Component   or Business Resource

 

Descriptions of Needs to implement the new IT solution

 

Hardware,
Software,  Telecommunications
 & Facilities

hardware – devices that perform the input, storage, processing, and output functions.  Include the major, important hardware components needed to implement your proposed solution.

software – identify the type of application software to be used; if you are proposing to use a software package, provide the name of it.

telecommunications – identifywhat kind of telecommunications will be needed for the solution, including local connectivity and internet access, if appropriate, and whether it will be used for data, voice and/or video.

facilities – what facilities will be needed to house the equipment and support staff; state whether the hardware be housed at UMUC Haircuts or at another facility.

IT Skills & Services

Includes technical knowledge needed to implement the solution including application knowledge, social media skills, technology background

Business/Managerial Resources

Includes vendor and outsourcer relationship skills, market responsiveness, IS-business partnerships, IS planning, and management skills.

 

 

Business Process Model:

A process model is a diagram of the steps in a process.  Your models should be professionally created using Word, Excel, or PowerPoint diagramming features.  All steps in each process should be shown and labeled.  You can use arrow shapes to demonstrate the flow of the process.  You may think that your solution will create a new process for UMUC Haircuts and that there is no ‘current process.’  However, all of the processes are being done one way or another without technology and you should draw a model of how the process is being done today.

 

 

Tools for Creating the Models:

 

Flowcharting

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20130718234318/http://www.hci.com.au/Hcisite2/toolkit/flowchar.htm 

 

Excel Charting

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20130619031235/http://www.breezetree.com/articles/how-to-flow-chart-in-excel.htm

 

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/flowchart-simple-layout-TC001018440.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exFFCCr66LI
 [closed captions are ok, but the demo is self-explanatory]

 

Word

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hNGkxoM_ak

[closed captions & transcripts are not helpful, but demos are self-explanatory]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkN0dekcsmw

[closed captions are in German, but demo is helpful]

PowerPoint

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRplZxP6RFg

[closed caption, but demo is self-explanatory]

                                                                             

Modeling the Business Process Example:  If a grocery store had a need to reduce expenses and improve customer satisfaction, a process needing improvement might be improving the inventory process to ensure availability of products for customers as well as to reduce cost related to spoiled inventory.  The model could include the steps necessary to record inventory information, update inventory when merchandise is sold, place orders for additional inventory from suppliers, etc.

 

 


 

Assignment: UMUC Haircuts Stage 2:  Create a document that includes:

I.            Introduction:

Briefly state the strategy for competitive advantage that you will focus on and the business process you will use for success.

II.           Business Process Explanation:  

Identify and explain your business process in detail. Explain how a technology solution could improve the process as it exists today. (Do not identify the specific IT solution, but discuss how a solution involving some aspect of technology could improve the process to help reach a competitive advantage.)

III.          Proposed Technology Solution

·         Identify in detail a specific technology solution to improve the business process.

·         Using information from your readings, discuss the specific solution, the type of solution it is, and why you chose this solution. 

·         The proposed IT solution should focus on improving the chosen business process

 and should be appropriate to UMUC Haircuts.

 

(Do not discuss how it will improve the specific process yet).

 

IV.          Solution Components (refer to table above): 

·         Identify the hardware, software, telecommunications, and facility components needed to implement the proposed technology solution.

·         You should also identify the IT skills and services that will be needed to implement the project.

·         Also include the Business/Managerial Resources that will be needed to implement the project. 

 

V.            How the Technology Solution will Improve the Process:

Explain how the specific technology solution you chose will improve the business process.

 

VI.          Support for Strategy for Competitive Advantage:  

Use course resources and outside research to identify how your specific proposed solution will support the strategy for competitive advantage identified in Stage 1. (Your resources should include more than vendor resources.)

VII.        Model the Processes

Create two clearly titled and labeled diagrams that demonstrate:

·         the steps in the business process as it exists today (Model 1: AS IS), and

·         the steps in the business process as it will exist after the technology solution is applied (Model 2: TO BE). 

 

VIII.     References:

Provide at least one external resource in your paper. An external resource is a resource other than those provided in the class or text book.   Incorporate a properly formatted APA citation in the text of your document.  Then, place an APA style resource on a reference page at the end of your document. 

 

 

Additional Instructions:

 

Formatting:  Stage Two Business Process Analysis & Technology Solution Proposal submission. 

 

For academic writing, the writer is expected to write in the third person. In third person, the writer avoids the pronouns I, we, my, and our. The third person is used to make the writing more objective by taking the individual, the “self,” out of the writing. This method is very helpful for academic writing, a form in which facts, not opinion, drive the tone of the text. Writing in the third person allows the writer to come across as unbiased and thus more informed.

 

·         Submit one document that includes your paper and the models.

·         Write a short concise paper:  2-3 double spaced pages of text

·         Use at least one external resources with APA formatted citation and reference

·         Include a title page and a reference page.

·         Models should be professionally formatted in Word, PowerPoint or Excel, and inserted as part of your WORD document.

·         Compare your work to the rubric to be sure you have met content and quality criteria. 

·         Submit your paper as a Word document, or a document that can be read in Word. 

·         Your submission should include your last name first  in the filename:     Lastname_firstname_Stage _2

 

Model Notes:

·         The process that you model must be the one you identified in your Stage 1 (or the one suggested by the instructor) and it needs to be appropriate to UMUC Haircuts.

·         Give each model the appropriate title

·         Break your model down into sequential steps in your diagram.

·         Include and label all the major steps in the process.

·         Cut and paste your models at the end of your paper in your Word Document.

The “right” and “wrong” answers have to do with whether or not you correctly incorporated the course vocabulary and concepts from the textbook to support your choices, and that you address all parts of the assignment. The specific solution you select for an IT solution is not as important as that it makes sense in light of the course content. 

Note: Be sure to read the instructions for the remaining projects in this case study (Stages 3-5) to get an understanding of the future projects that build on the solution.  You want to propose a solution that can be used throughout the case study assignments.


 

ISFM-300 Case Study, Stage 2 Rubric :  Business Process Analysis & Technology

Solution  Proposal

 

 

Criteria

 

90-100%

Far Above Standards

 

80-89%

Above Standards

 

70-79%

Meets Standards

 

60-69%

Below Standards

 

< 60%

Well Below Standards

 

Possible Points

 

 

Business Process Explanation

7 Points

Business process is identified and explained in detail using course vocabulary, with a good explanation of how a technology solution could improve it with reference used to support explanation; demonstrates understand-ing of course concepts, analysis, and/or critical thinking.

6 Points

Business process is identified and explained in detail using course vocabulary with a good explanation of how a technology solution could improve it.

5 Points

Business process is identified and explained in terms of how a technology solution could improve it using course vocabulary.

4 Points

Business process is not adequately explained in terms of how a technology solution could improve it; and may be lacking in use of course vocabulary and/or demonstration of understanding of course concepts, analysis, and/or critical thinking.

0-3 Points

Business process is not identified or how technology could improve it is not explained.

7

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Technology Solution

14-15 Points

Proposed technology solution is identified in detail using course vocabulary, is appropriate to the case studyand to improve the process identified; strongly demonstrates understand-ing of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.

12-13 Points

 

Proposed technology solution is identified using course vocabulary and is appropriate to the case study  and to improve the process identified; and demonstrates understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.

10-11 Points

 

Proposed technology solution is identified using course vocabulary and is appropriate to the case study and to improve the process identified.

9 Points

 

Proposed technology solution is not adequately identified and/or not appropriate to the case study and/or not appropriate to improve the process identified; may be lacking in demonstration of understanding of course concepts, use of course vocabulary, analysis, and/or critical thinking.

0-8 Points

 

Proposed technology solution is not included; or is not appropriate to the case study and improving the process identified.

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solution Components

14-15 Points

IT Skills and Services, Business/Management Resources, Hardware, software, telecommun-ications, and facilities components needed to implement the proposed solution are listed and are applicable to the proposed solution and appropriate to the case study,with additional information provided for the user to identify specific items or suppliers.

12-13 Points

 

IT Skills and Services, Business/Man-agement Resources, Hardware, software, telecommun-ications, and facilities components needed to implement the proposed solution are fully listed and are clearly applicable to the proposed solution and appropriate to the case study.

10-11 Points

 

IT Skills and Services, Business/Man-agement Resources, Major hardware, software, telecommun-ications, and facilities components to implement the proposed solution are listed and are applicable to the proposed solution and appropriate to the case study.

9 Points

 

IT Skills and Services, Business/Man-agement Resources, Hardware, software, telecommun-ications, and facilities components listed may be incomplete, may not apply to the proposed solution and/or may not be appropriate for the case study.

0-8 Points

 

Resource and Component list is not provided or is lacking major components.

15

 

 

 

 

How the technology solution will improve the process

9-10 Points

A correct, well-supported and convincing explanation of how the proposed solution will improve the process is provided using course vocabulary and concepts.

 

8 Points

A correct and convincing explanation of how the proposed solution will improve the process is provided using course vocabulary and concepts.

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7 Points

An explanation of how the proposed solution will improve the process is provided using course vocabulary and concepts.

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6 Points

 

The explanation of how the proposed solution will improve the process is inaccurate and/or incomplete and/or not well supported or does not use course vocabulary and concepts to explain the proposed solution.

0-5 Points

An explanation of how the proposed solution will improve the process is not provided or does not demonstrate an understand-ing of course concepts.

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support for Strategy for Competitive Advantage

7 Points

 

A correct, well-supported and convincing explanation is provided for how the proposed solution will support the Strategy for Competitive Advantage identified in Stage 1.

6 Points

 

A convincing explanation is provided for how the proposed solution will support the Strategy for Competitive Advantage identified in Stage 1 using course concepts and vocabulary.

5 Points

 

An explanation is provided for how the proposed solution will support the Strategy for Competitive Advantage identified in Stage 1 using course concepts and vocabulary.

4 Points

 

The explanation of how the proposed solution will support the Strategy for Competitive Advantage identified in Stage 1

is incomplete and/or not convincing; and/or does not use course vocabulary and concepts to explain the solution.

0-3 Points

Explanation of support for the Strategy for Competitive Advantage identified in Stage 1 is incomplete or not provided or does not demonstrate an understand-ing of course concepts.

7

External Research

6 Points

More than one source other than the course material is incorporated and used effectively. Sources used are relevant and timely.  References are appropriately incorporated and cited using APA style.

5 Points

At least one source other than the course material is incorporated and used effectively. Source(s) used are relevant and timely.  References are appropriately incorporated and cited using APA style.

4 Points

At least one source other than the course material is incorporated correctly. Reference is cited using APA style.

3 Points

A source other than the course material may be used, but is not properly incorporated or used; and/or is not effective or appropriate; and/or is not relevant or timely; and/or does not follow APA style for references and citations.

0-2 Points 

No external research is incorporated or reference listed is not cited within text.

6

 

 

 

Model Completeness

9-10 Points

Both the as-is and to-be models present all of the steps in the process in detail.

8 Points

The as-is and to-be models present most of the steps in the process and provide some detail.

7 Points

The as-is and to-be models present the major steps.

6 Points

The as-is and to-be models are incomplete or inadequate to demonstrate a complete process.

0-5 Points

Only one model presented or very few process steps are included.

10

 

 

Model Organization of Steps

9-10 Points

Steps in the process are organized in a logical flow with the steps clearly labeled and demonstrate analysis and critical thinking. 

8 Points

Steps in the process are organized in a logical and well organized flow with the steps labeled.

7 Points

Steps in the process are organized in a logical flow with steps labeled.

6 Points

Steps may not be organized in a logical flow or may be lacking in demonstration of analysis, and/or critical thinking.

0-5 Points

Process steps are not organized at all, or only one model is presented.

10

 

 

 

Model Presentation

9-10 Points

Model is very professionally presented; uses a logical and easily understand-able structure, and spelling is correct.

8 Points

Model is professionally presented; uses a logical structure, and spelling is correct.

7 Points

Model is presented well; uses a logical structure, and spelling is correct.

6 Points

Model is not professionally presented, and/or contains several spelling errors.

0-5 Points

Model is extremely poorly presented and does not convey the information, or only one model is presented.

10

Report Format

9-10 Points

Report is very well organized and is easy to read. Very few or no errors demonstrate correct sentence structure, grammar, and spelling; written in third person and presented in a professional format.

8 Points

Report reflects effective organization; may have few errors in sentence structure, grammar, and spelling; written in third person and presented in a professional format.

7 Points

Report is organized and may have some errors in sentence structure, grammar and spelling. Report is written in third person.

6 Points

Report is not well organized, and/or contains several grammar and/or spelling errors;and/or report is not written in third person.

0-5 Points

Report is extremely poorly written; and/or contains many grammar and/or spelling errors; and/or does not convey the information.

10

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL Points

Possible

100