The Business Process Analysis and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Course Introduction

This course will cover business process analysis, database analytics, enterprise reporting, network administration, business processes and systems. Students will research current trends and industry best-practices and standards in regards to Enterprise Resource Planning, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing and Web Based data, processes, personnel and systems, as well as, create a project plan for an ERP implementation case study.

Course Objectives

  • Assess strategic uses of technology based in medium and large institutions.
  • Describe Business Analytics, Project Management, and Software Engineering strategies
  • Define and analyze Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • Research, evaluate and implement various Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for existing Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based systems.
  • Develop a project management strategy and plan for the development, management, and implementation of an enterprise database solution.
  • Create a project plan to implement the components of an Enterprise Resource Plan (ERP) System for Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based systems.
  • Analyze training and user documentation for the successful implementation of an ERP system.

Course Agenda

Each week you will analyze an existing business system and process using standards business analytics and metrics and research on industry best-practices, standards, latest research and current trends.

  • In Week 1 you will look at Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems – what they are and how they work.
  • In Week 2 you will look at Human Resources including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 3 you will explore Finance and Accounting including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 4 you will explore Sales and Marketing including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 5 you will explore Web-Based data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 6 you will explore project plans, the various components they contain, the standard templates that are used and endorsed by such international and national organizations such as IEEE and ACM as well as the Books of Knowledge such as SWEBOK and PMBOK.
  • In Week 7 you will explore user training and the various documentation, training formats, delivery options and evaluation.
  • In Week 8 you will explore user documentation and manuals to help facilitate the efficient and productive usage of an ERP implementation.

There will be two works that will be required.

  • Work 1 will require the analysis of an enterprise resource planning system in regards to human resources, finance, accounting, sales, marketing and web based processes and systems. How well does it embrace the data, processes, personnel and systems of these departments? How well does it embrace the latest industry best-practices, standards and trends?
  • Work 2 with be a case study of a workplace environment and the creation of a project plan for the planning, managing, designing and implementing of a large scale enterprise database application utilizing a popular ERP of your choice.

The Learning Philosophy

The learning philosophy of this class is “collaborative knowledge production”. Instead of lectures, you will read synopses and related material on typical business systems including current trends, best practices and standards. You will explore international and national professional organizations that set the standards for what is used in the workplace/ recent books, the most relevant of which is listed above. Interaction with then be devoted to dialogue based on work you have undertaken in your own workplaces or research you have done on industry best-practices and standards. These interactions take various forms:

  • Make a comment each week on the discussion topic update. Comment on other’s comments to promote conversation and discussion.
  • Create 8 updates of your own, to be posted in the Community area of Scholar.
  • Comment on several others’ updates each week.
  • Write two ‘works’ in the Creator area of Scholar and offer constructive peer reviews of others’ works.
  • Revise of these works, based on feedback, and reading and discuss published works shared with the class.
  • Oral presentations and discussions in weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Except for the class sessions, the majority of these interactions are asynchronous. The time for synchronous discussion will be the session on Monday evenings (US Central time). Those unable to attend these sessions should listen to the recording of the session to stay up to date with the program.

Weekly Updates

You will find eight topics, or eight perspectives for weekly updates in the timeline below. Each week, you will make comments in the discussion update for that week. You will also make an update of your own on each topic.

Please make updates by about the middle of the weekend before the next Monday’s class, then make comments in response to others’ posts by the end of the weekend.

Note: Post updates on the Community page (so they appear in the Activity Stream of all Community Members—if you post on your personal page, updates will only go to people with whom you have connected as peers).

Works

Note: you can start researching either of these works as soon as you wish, however the Scholar project will not be started until after the first class, when we have a final list of who will be participating in this course, and everyone has created Scholar accounts.

Work 1: The Business Analytics of Information Technology Projects and Business Systems

The focus of this work is theoretical. Write a wiki-style entry defining a business systems concept. In your work, you should locate the concept in relation to industry best-practices and standards. What are the popular products currently on the markets? How do these products address business analytics, metrics, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing or Web-Based data, personnel, processes and systems? What are the software and hardware architectures for these products or strategies?

Following are some possible concepts. Ideally, different people will select different concepts, so that, as a knowledge community, we produce a wiki-like range of related concepts. Send me a message through Scholar once you have selected your concept, to be sure that we don’t have more than one or two people working on each concept. Or feel free to run another idea past me if you wish.

Possible concepts include:

Business Analytics
Business Requirements and Use Cases
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems
Human Resource Information Systems
Finance and Accounting Systems
Sales and Marketing Systems
Web Based Systems
Project Management and the Project Management Book of Knowledge
Software Engineering and the Software Engineering Book of Knowledge
Bias and Heuristics in Information Technology Project Management
The Software Development Life Cycle
The Project Life Cycle
Project Plans
End-User Training and Documentation

 

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Work 1 Rubrics

Work 2: Case Study of an ERP Implementation

Write up a case study of an ERP implementation – something in which you have been involved, or which you have observed in a place where you have worked, or are interested in offering as a project initiative.  If you want to understand more about the case study as a research and presentation method, the Wikipedia entry is quite good. Use the project management and Software Engineering Book of Knowledge and Project Management Book of Knowledge SWEBOK best-practices and standards as you create your project plan. Make sure to include detailed hardware and software architectures, modules and other related plans such as risk management, software configuration management and other diagrams and plans as you deem warranted for your case study.

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Work 2 Rubrics

 

Course Time Line

Course Time Line
Week 1 Business Analytics and the Business Analyst

Comment: What is business analysis? What is the role of a business analyst? What are some characteristics a business analyst should have to be successful and why? Would you make a good business analyst? Why or why not?

Update: Research business analysis strategies, business analytics and metrics to be used to determine the optimal performance of businesses and business systems. Are some better than others? Why or why not? Are some specific to a particular industry? Why or why not?

Week 2 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems Comment: What are ERP systems? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to using them in the workplace?  What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: Research and choose a popular ERP system currently on the market? What are some of the modules it contains? What is its internal software and hardware architectures? Research reviews concerning its successes or failures and offer your findings?

Work 1 – Draft Due – Sunday, 11pm

Week 3 Human Resource Information Management System (HRIS) and ERPs Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Human Resources? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs or your chose ERP has that relates to Human Resources?

Work 1 – Reviews Due – Sunday, 11pm

Week 4 Finance and Accounting System (F&A) and ERPs Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Finance and Accounting? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Finance and Accounting? What are some best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Work 1- Final Version and Self Review Due – Sunday 11pm

Week 5 Sales and Marketing System and ERPs Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Sales and Marketing? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Sales and Marketing? What are some current trends or latest research in regards to Sales and Marketing?

Work 2 – Case Study Draft Due – Sunday 11pm

Week 6 Web-Based Systems and ERPs Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Web Based Systems? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Web Based Systems? What are some current trends or latest research in regards to Web-Based Systems?

Work 2 – Reviews Due – Sunday 11pm

Week 7 Project Plans and Presentations Comment: What are project plans? What are some templates that you have used or are used where you work? Is it important to have a project plan for all IT initiatives?

Update: Research best practices in and templates for project plans and presentations. Choose one or two templates that you prefer and discuss their components, structure, and detail. Discuss how you think it should be presented to upper management for project approval and why.

Work 2 – Final Version and Self Review Due – Sunday 11pm

Week 8 Training and User Documentation Comment: How important is training and documentation when new systems are implemented or updated? Have you experienced this? If so, please share with the class your experiences including what you preferred and what you did not and why?

Update: Research various training strategies, format and delivery options. Compare and contrast them in terms of effectiveness, timeliness, comprehensiveness, user-friendliness, currency and updateability.

 

Assessment and Grading

Course participants will be required to:

  • Write two works in the Creator space of Scholar (each 30% of final grade). One will be the size of a wiki-entry the other the size of a project plan template including diagrams and additional plans as deemed relevant.
  • In each of the two writing cycles, peer review three other participants’ works (15% of final grade)
  • Revise their work in the light of peer review comments and write a self-review of the changes made for the final version in the light of peer comments and further reflection.
  • Comment on the eight, weekly discussion topic updates.
  • Post at least 8 weekly updates to the Community space, and read others’ updates, commenting upon three or four of your classmates’ updates. (25% of final grade).
  • Grades are negotiable. If you are unhappy with your grade, you are welcome to revise work in order to improve your grade.

Technical Matters

Some important things to note:

  • We will be using the ‘Scholar’ platform for class collaboration. If you are not familiar with it already (and of course you will be if you have already take courses which have used Scholar), I will introduce it to you in the first session of the course. If you do not already have a Scholar account,
  • Create one at http://cgscholar.com everyone, including people with existing logins, should request to join the community for this course.
  • Our synchronous sessions will use Blackboard Collaborate.
  • We won’t use the Learn@Illinois platform a great deal, however you will find this syllabus there, a link to Scholar and access to the Collaborate Live Session.

Week 1: Business Process Analysis

For the Participant

Business Analysis

Business analysis is an analysis of existing business data, processes, personnel and systems compared to industry best-practices and standards for recommendations or proposals for business process and system revisions and updates.

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Business Analytics

Business analytics is a method of gaining insight into a business through the statistical analysis of data which may include the formation and use of predictive models to analyze performance and optimization of processes and systems to determine if changes need to be made.

Business Analysts

Business analysts analyze and document business data, processes, personnel and systems to assess the success of the business model and the successful alignment and integration of Information Technology.

 

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discussion

Comment: What is business analysis? What is the role of the business analyst? What are some characteristics a business analyst should have to be successful and why? Would you make a good business analyst? Why or why not?

Update: Research business analysis strategies, business analytics and metrics to be used to determine the optimal performance of businesses and business systems. Are some better than others? Why or why not? Are some specific to a particular industry? Why or why not?

For the Instructor

This is the first week in the Live Lecture. You can introduce the course and have the students introduce themselves.

This course will cover business process analysis, database analytics, enterprise reporting, network administration, business processes and systems. Students will research current trends and industry best-practices and standards in regards to Enterprise Resource Planning, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing and Web Based data, processes, personnel and systems, as well as, create a project plan for an ERP implementation case study.

Here are the Course Objectives

  • Assess strategic uses of technology based in medium and large institutions.
  • Describe Business Analytics, Project Management, and Software Engineering strategies
  • Define and analyze Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • Research, evaluate and implement various Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for existing Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based systems.
  • Develop a project management strategy and plan for the development, management, and implementation of an enterprise database solution.
  • Create a project plan to implement the components of an Enterprise Resource Plan (ERP) System for Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based systems.
  • Analyze training and user documentation for the successful implementation of an ERP system.

Each week the students will analyze an existing business system and process using standards business analytics and metrics and research on industry best-practices, standards, latest research and current trends.

Here is the Course Agenda

  • In Week 1 the students will look at Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems – what they are and how they work.
  • In Week 2 the students will look at Human Resources including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 3 the students will explore Finance and Accounting including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 4 the students will explore Sales and Marketing including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 5 the students will explore Web-Based data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 6 the students will explore project plans, the various components they contain, the standard templates that are used and endorsed by such international and national organizations such as IEEE and ACM as well as the Books of Knowledge such as SWEBOK and PMBOK.
  • In Week 7 the students will explore user training and the various documentation, training formats, delivery options and evaluation.
  • In Week 8 the students will explore user documentation and manuals to help facilitate the efficient and productive usage of an ERP implementation.

There will be two works that will be required.

  • Work 1 will require the analysis of an enterprise resource planning system in regards to human resources, finance, accounting, sales, marketing and web based processes and systems. How well does it embrace the data, processes, personnel and systems of these departments? How well does it embrace the latest industry best-practices, standards and trends?
  • Work 2 with be a case study of a workplace environment and the creation of a project plan for the planning, managing, designing and implementing of a large scale enterprise database application utilizing a popular ERP of your choice.

The Learning Philosophy:

The learning philosophy of this class is “collaborative knowledge production”. Instead of lectures,  the studetns will read synopses and related material on typical business systems including current trends, best practices and standards. The students will explore international and national professional organizations that set the standards for what is used in the workplace/recent research, the most relevant of which is listed above. Interaction with then be devoted to dialogue based on work they have undertaken in their own workplaces or research they have done on industry best-practices and standards.

These interactions take various forms:

  • The students will make a comment each week on the discussion topic update. The students will comment on other’s comments to promote conversation and discussion.
  • The students will create 8 updates of their own, to be posted in the Community area of Scholar.
  • The students will omment on several others’ updates each week.
  • The students will write two ‘works’ in the Creator area of Scholar and offer constructive peer reviews of others’ works.
  • These students will revise these works, based on feedback, and reading and discuss published works shared with the class.
  • The students will make oral presentations and discussions in weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Except for the class sessions, the majority of these interactions are asynchronous. The time for synchronous discussion will be the session on Monday evenings (US Central time). Those students who are unable to attend these sessions should listen to the recording of the session to stay up to date with the program.

Weekly Updates

The students will find eight topics, or eight perspectives for weekly updates in the timeline below. Each week, the students will make comments in the discussion update for that week. The students will also make an update of their own on each topic, These will be the basis for the presenations during the live lectures.

The students should make updates by about the middle of the weekend before the next Monday’s class, then make comments in response to each others’ posts by the end of the weekend.

Note: Make sure the studentws post updates on the Community page (so they appear in the Activity Stream of all Community Members—otherwise if they post on their personal page, updates it will only go to people with whom they have connected as peers).

 

Here are the comments and updates for this week:

Comment: What are business analytics? What is the role of a business analyst? What are some characteristics a business analyst should have to be successful and why? Would you make a good business analyst? Why or why not?

Update: Research business analytics and metrics that are used to determine the optimal performance of business systems. Are some better than others? Why or why not? Are some specific to a particular industry? Why or why not?

 

Week 2 : Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

 

For the Participant

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(James, 2014)

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have been created and designed to integrate all business systems in a company. The reason why they have been created is to allow for a better flow of information and data throughout a company. Using an ERP helps unify all business processes and systems into a single package.

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As stated by Vanessa James (2015), in her article, How ERP Can Break Down Business Barriers  “Essentially, ERP is an information management database that gathers information from all departments into one place. Its history and purpose is a little more complex than this definition lets on, but it gives you a basic understanding.”

ERP Modules

According to Bjorn Johansson (2011), in his work titled, Synchronizing Enterprise Resource Planning Systems and Business Processes: A Case of a New ERP Development Approach an Enterprise Resource Planning system will typically contain modules for each of the main business systems and processes within an organization. The main departments of a company will typically have a module for their system and processes such as human resources, finance, accounting, sales and marketing.  These enterprise software modules that can be individually purchased based on what best meets the specific needs and technical capabilities of the organization.

Advantages

There are many advantages and benefits to using an Enterprise Resource Planning system. While it may be costly to initially purchase and implement it, the savings obtained from the better management of products and resources due to its integration throughout the company is well received. Also, a better capture of the data for meaningful forecasting and decision-making will be achieved making it a worth-while venture in the long run.

Disadvantages

Choosing the correct ERP system may be challenging, as well as, the successful implementation of it for its full potential . Usually companies will consider an ERP because they have noticed problems and issues with existing business processes and systems. Implementing an ERP will improve integration and cooperation throughout the company, but, requires extensive production and training.

Additional Resources

Here is a comparison with reviews of popular ERPs (2015)

Videos

Additional Readings

Aberdeen Group. (2011) What Is E-R-P?  Modern Casting, Dec2011, Vol. 101 Issue 12, p31-34, 4p http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/69928338/what-e-r-p.

Allen, T. (2008) The “Secret Sauce” that Maximizes ROI for ERP. Strategic Finance, Jan 2008, Vol. 89 Issue 7, p33-37, 5p. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/28070926/the-secret-sauce-that-maximizes-roi-erp.

James, V. (2014). How ERP Can Break Down Business Barriers. Retrieved from http://graziadiovoice.pepperdine.edu/how-erp-can-break-down-business-barriers/

Johansson, B. (2011) Synchronizing Enterprise Resource Planning Systems and Business Processes: A Case of a New ERP Development Approach. Computer Science (1407-7493), 2011, Vol. 46, p43-49, 7p

Knuerr, J. (2012) Which ERP System Is Right For You?. Modern Casting, Sep2012, Vol. 102 Issue 9, p30-33, 4p. Retreived from http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-304843631.html

Oja, M.; Lucas, W. (2011). ERP Usability Issues From The User And Expert Perspectives. Journal of Information Technology Case & Application Research, 2011, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p21-40, 20p. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15228053.2011.10856211#.Vju2rLerTIU.

Comment: What are ERP systems? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to using them in the workplace?  What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: Research and choose a popular ERP system currently on the market? What are some of the modules it contains? What is its internal software and hardware architectures? Research reviews concerning its successes or failures and offer your findings?

 

For the Instructor

For this module, the students will start exploring ERPs. Eventually they will choose an ERP they will use for their Work 2 Case Study. There are reading and links for additional content on the topic.

These are the comments and updpates they will make.

Comment: What are ERP systems? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to using them in the workplace?  What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: Research and choose a popular ERP system currently on the market? What are some of the modules it contains? What is its internal software and hardware architectures? Research reviews concerning its successes or failures and offer your findings?

This week they will also start their Week 1 Draft which explore in depth the topics covered in this course as well as related topics. (Work 1 – Draft Due – Sunday, 11pm)

During the Live Lecture you can discuss the upcoming Work 1 Draft Due on Sunday and then review the updates from last week on Business Analytics and Metrics. This will be the foundation for their subsequent analysis of the various business systems covered throughout the course: Week 2 Enterprise Resource Systems, Week 3 Human Resources, Week 4 Finance and Accounting, Week 5 Sales and Marketing. and Week 6 Web Based Systems.

Through the business analytics and metric results of their case study they will then create a project plan for their Work 2, as well as, comment and submit an update on project plans in Week 7 and wrap up with a discussion on User Training and Documentation to be included as well in their Work 2.

Here is the information for ther Work 1:

Work 1: The Business Analytics of Information Technology Projects and Business Systems

The focus of this work is theoretical. Write a wiki-style entry defining a business systems concept. In your work, you should locate the concept in relation to industry best-practices and standards. What are the popular products currently on the markets? How do these products address business analytics, metrics, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing or Web-Based data, personnel, processes and systems? What are the software and hardware architectures for these products or strategies?

Following are some possible concepts. Ideally, different people will select different concepts, so that, as a knowledge community, we produce a wiki-like range of related concepts. Send me a message through Scholar once you have selected your concept, to be sure that we don’t have more than one or two people working on each concept. Or feel free to run another idea past me if you wish.

Possible concepts include:

Business Analytics
Business Requirements and Use Cases
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems
Human Resource Information Systems
Finance and Accounting Systems
Sales and Marketing Systems
Web Based Systems
Project Management and the Project Management Book of Knowledge
Software Engineering and the Software Engineering Book of Knowledge
Bias and Heuristics in Information Technology Project Management
The Software Development Life Cycle
The Project Life Cycle
Project Plans
End-User Training and Documentation

Work 1 Rubrics

 

WORK 1: The Business Analytics of Information Technology Projects and Business Systems

For the Participant

The focus of this work is theoretical. Write a wiki-style entry defining a business systems concept. In your work, you should locate the concept in relation to industry best-practices and standards.

You should address questions such as :

  • What are the popular products currently on the markets?
  • How do these products address business analytics, metrics, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing or Web-Based data, personnel, processes and systems?
  • What are the software and hardware architectures for these products or strategies?

Following are some possible concepts. Ideally, different people will select different concepts, so that, as a knowledge community, we produce a wiki-like range of related concepts. Send me a message through Scholar once you have selected your concept, to be sure that we don’t have more than one or two people working on each concept. Or feel free to run another idea past me if you wish.

Possible concepts include:

Business Analytics
Business Requirements and Use Cases
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems
Human Resource Information Systems
Finance and Accounting Systems
Sales and Marketing Systems
Web Based Systems
Project Management and the Project Management Book of Knowledge
Software Engineering and the Software Engineering Book of Knowledge
Bias and Heuristics in Information Technology Project Management
The Software Development Life Cycle
The Project Life Cycle
Project Plans
End-User Training and Documentation

Work 1 Rubrics

 

For the Instructor

The focus of this work is theoretical. The students will write a wiki-style entry defining a business systems concept. In their work, they should locate the concept in relation to industry best-practices and standards.

They should address such questions as:

  • What are the popular products currently on the markets?
  • How do these products address business analytics, metrics, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing or Web-Based data, personnel, processes and systems?
  • What are the software and hardware architectures for these products or strategies?

Following are some possible concepts. Ideally, different people will select different concepts, so that, as a knowledge community, we produce a wiki-like range of related concepts. Have then send you a message through Scholar once they have selected their concept, to be sure that they don’t have more than one or two people working on each concept. Or feel free to run another idea past you if they wish.

Possible concepts include:

Business Analytics
Business Requirements and Use Cases
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems
Human Resource Information Systems
Finance and Accounting Systems
Sales and Marketing Systems
Web Based Systems
Project Management and the Project Management Book of Knowledge
Software Engineering and the Software Engineering Book of Knowledge
Bias and Heuristics in Information Technology Project Management
The Software Development Life Cycle
The Project Life Cycle
Project Plans
End-User Training and Documentation

Work 1 Rubrics

 

Week 3: Human Resource Systems and ERPs

For the Participant

hr
(Solution Dots, 2014)

Human Resources (HR)

HR typically manages the following tasks:

  • Payroll
  • Time and attendance
  • Performance appraisal
  • Benefits administration
  • HR management information system
  • Recruiting/Learning management
  • Performance record
  • Employee self-service
  • Scheduling
  • Absence management
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Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)

HRIS is the integration of Information Technology to electronically automate HR procesess and data. “An effective HRIS provides information on just about anything the company needs to track and analyze about employees, former employees, and applicants.” (About.com, 2015)

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Employee Self-Service

Many employee tasks are now available remotely via Employee self-service systems that automate the process for address updates, time sheets, benefits, schedules, training and so forth.

Before purchasing and implementing ESS, employers should find out how frequently employees anticipate using the system. If most employees do not have internet access at home, it may be necessary to purchase kiosks to allow employees to access the system. If the company is not in the technical field and most employees are not tech-savvy or internet connected, ESS may not be right for the company. (HRPayroll Systems, 2015).

Here is an example ESS currently on the market.

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Additional Readings

Ankrah, E., & Sokro, E. (2012). Human Resource Information System as a Strategic Tool in Human Resource Management. Problems Of Management In The 21St Century, 56-15.

Brown, M., & Ivanov, S. (2015). Peculiarities In The Human Resources Processes: Can The System Possibly Be Unfair? International Journal Of Organizational Innovation, 8(2), 21-26.

Fratričová, J., & Rudy, J. (2015). Get Strategic Human Resource Management Really Strategic: Strategic HRM in Practice. International Journal Of Management Cases, 17(4), 149-155.

 

 

 

 

discussion

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Human Resources? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs or your chose ERP has that relates to Human Resources?

 

For the Instructor

This week they will discuss Human Resources and Human Resource Information Systems. They will explore the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with HR. Also, they will analyze their ERP and HR components it has including its architecure, modules and data flow. Also, the reviews for their Work 1s wll be due on Sunday.

They can present their updates from last week on ERPs.

These are the comment and update questions for the upcoming week.

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Human Resources? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components of  ERPs or your chosen ERP that relates to Human Resources?

Work 1 – Reviews Due – Sunday, 11pm

Week 4: Finance and Accounting Systems and ERPs

For the Participant

fa
(Solution Dots, 2014)

Financial and Accounting Systems

Corporations have Finance and Accounting (F&A) systems for the financial aspects of their business. The F&A systems will have software for accounts, financial statements, reports and sales transactions. Most accounting software packages with have modules for

  • General ledgers
  • Accounts receivable
  • Accounts payable
  • Payroll
  • Inventory
  • Fixed assets

Financial Statements

Corporations have to create many financial statements and reports to know the financial status of their business.

Examples of the financial statements are

  • Balance sheets
  • Income statements
  • Cash flow statements
  • Statements of shareholders’ equity

GAAP and FASAB

When creating, gathering and reporting financial and accounting information companies have to make sure that their processes, practices and F&A software follow the guidelines of the Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).

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Compliance

Due to many scandals and unethical accounting practices in the past, compliance mandates and laws have been introduced to insure ethical and fair F&A practices. One critical law is the Sarbanes-Oxley Law (SOX) that was created in response to the Enron scandal.  These mandates and laws encompass the way items are reported, as well as, routine internal and independent audits.

Additional Readings

Auken, H., Carraher, S. (2011). How Do Small Firms Use Financial Statements? Allied Academies International Conference. Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies. Proceedings16. 1 (2011): 35-42.

Cunningham, L. (2004) From convergence to comity in corporate law: Lessons from the inauspicious case of SOX.  International Journal of Disclosure & Governance. 2004, Vol. 1 Issue 3, p269-298, 30p.

 

 

discussion

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Finance and Accounting? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Finance and Accounting? What are some best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

 

For the Instructor

This week they will discuss Finance and Accounting Systems (F&A). They will explore the data, process, personnel and systems associated with F&A. Also, they will analyze their ERP and the F&A components it has including its architecure, modules, data flow and compliance. Also, the final version and self reviews for their Work 1 wll be due on Sunday.

The Live Lecture can have the students present their Updates on HR from last week.

This are the comments and updates for the upcoming week.

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Finance and Accounting? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Finance and Accounting? What are some best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Work 1- Final Version and Self Review Due – Sunday 11pm

Week 5: Sales and Marketing Systems and ERPs

For the Participant

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Marketing Systems and Information Technology

There is much data that is collected with the automation of business processes and systems. There is data on sales to allow for forecasting and decision-making. There is data on customers to allow for analysis of target markets and trends. Using sophisticated systems such as Marketing Information Systems (MIS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems and Decision Support Systems (DSS) allow for the arrival at and validation of successful long-term and short-term goals and decisions. Successful increase in profits and maintaining a large customer base is optimal for any company.

 

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Marketing Information Systems (MIS)

Marketing Information systems allow for the gathering of data and the generation of information to support marketing decisions. Here are 8 Steps to Creating An Effective Marketing Information System.

Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRM)

Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs) specialize in managing customer relations from collecting and evaluating data to customer service and outreach.  Here are the Top CRM Software Systems.

Decision Support Systems (DSS)

Decision Support Systems (DSS) offer various forecasting tools to aid the decision maker in making short and long term goals. Here is a Brief History of Decision Support Systems.

 

Additional Readings

Hosack, B. (2012). A Look Toward the Future: Decision Support Systems Research is Alive and Well. Journal of the Association for Information Systems. May 2012, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p 315-340. 26p.

Maroofi, F. et all. (2013). Effective Factors on CRM Development. Asian Journal of Business Management. Feb 2013, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p52-59. 8p.

Soava, G., Raduteanu M. (2012). Marketing Activity in the Information Society.Proceedings of the International Conference Marketing – from Information to Decision. Dec 2012, Vol. 5, p480-491. 12p.

Todor, L., et al. (2010) Role of Customer Relationship Management in Decision Support System Projection. Metalurgia International, May 2010 Supplement, p109-112, 4p.

 

 

discussion

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Sales and Marketing? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Sales and Marketing? What are some current trends or latest research in regards to Sales and Marketing?

 

For the Instructor

This week they will discuss Sales and Marketing systems. They will explore the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Sales and Marketing Also, they will analyze their ERP and Sales and Marketing components it has including its architecure, modules, data flow and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Also, the drafts for their Work 2 will be due on Sunday.

They can present their updates from last week on Finance and Accounting.

These are the comment and update questions for the upcoming week.

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Sales and Marketing? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Sales and Marketing? What are some current trends or latest research in regards to Sales and Marketing?

Work 2 – Case Study Draft Due – Sunday 11pm

WORK 2: Case Study of an ERP Implementation

Work 2: Case Study of an ERP Implementation

Write up a case study of an ERP implementation – something in which you have been involved, or which you have observed in a place where you have worked, or are interested in offering as a project initiative.  If you want to understand more about the case study as a research and presentation method, the Wikipedia entry is quite good. Use the project management and Software Engineering Book of Knowledge and Project Management Book of Knowledge SWEBOK best-practices and standards as you create your project plan. Make sure to include detailed hardware and software architectures, modules and other related plans such as risk management, software configuration management and other diagrams and plans as you deem warranted for your case study.

Work 2 Rubrics

 

For the Participant

Work 2: Case Study of an ERP Implementation

Write up a case study of an ERP implementation – something in which you have been involved, or which you have observed in a place where you have worked, or are interested in offering as a project initiative.  If you want to understand more about the case study as a research and presentation method, the Wikipedia entry is quite good. Use the project management and Software Engineering Book of Knowledge and Project Management Book of Knowledge SWEBOK best-practices and standards as you create your project plan. Make sure to include detailed hardware and software architectures, modules and other related plans such as risk management, software configuration management and other diagrams and plans as you deem warranted for your case study.

Work 2 Rubrics

 

For the Instructor

The students will submit a case study analysis and recommendation based on a scenario of their choice. It can either be where theiy work, a case study they find online or a project they think would be good to do for a startup for example. It should involved discussion on the implementation of an ERP systems and how each department such as Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Sales and Marketing and Web based systems. The discussion, analysis and research should include the analysis of the existing systems and processes, research on currenty industry best-practices and standards and recommendations for upgrades and/or implementation substantiated with the best-practices and standards.

 

Here is the rubrics for the Work. They will submit an initial draft, then peer reviews will be done and then the final draft to be published.

Work 2 Rubrics

 

Week 6: Web Based Systems and ERPs

For the Participant

Database Driven Websites and Web Based Databases

Database Driven Websites or Web Based Business Databases are the norm in business system and processes. A database driven website is a website that is fueled by a database of pages and multimedia for its displays and functionality. A web-based database is a company database that is accessible through a browser.

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Web-based Three Tier Architecture

When creating a database driven website or web-based database, multiple tiers would be created to allow for secure access and optimal performance. Commonly, three-tier architecture is used for web-enabled database applications.

Three-tier architectures contain a web server, an application server and a database server.

The web server is customer facing. That’s what serves the web site pages to the web browser clients. It draws the business logic and application information from the application server, which is not externally accessible, it is only accessible only by the web server. The application server, in turn, retrieves needed data from the database server.

Increased Security

Being that the database server has two layers of ‘insulation’ between it and the hackers, security is increased.  The biggest disadvantage, of course, is price. Instead of just one server, you now have to buy and support three.

 

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Cloud Databases

With the increased popularity in cloud services, cloud databases are finding their way into mainstream commerce.

Cloud databases require service agreements with a cloud service provider.  Advantages to cloud databases include manageability and scalability. Disadvantages include storage costs and limits.

Here are 10 of the Most Useful Cloud Databases.

Additional Readings

Arora, I., Gupta, A. (2012).Cloud Databases: A Paradigm Shift in Databases. International Journal of Computer Science Issues (IJCSI), Jul 2012, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p77-83, 7p.

Guoqiong L. (2012). Data Synchronization and Resynchronization for Heterogeneous Databases Replication in Middleware–based Architecture. Journal of Networks, Jan2012, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p210-217, 8p; DOI: 10.4304/jnw.7.1.210-217.

Labrinidis, A. et al. (2009). Chapter 2: Typical Architecture. Foundations & Trends in Databases, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p175-178, 4p.

Mahajan, R. et al. (2010). Another Element for Security Improvement Approach in Web Development Application. International Journal of Advanced Science & Technology, 2010, Vol. 24, p17-25, 9p,.

 

discussion

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Web Based Systems? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Web Based Systems? What are some current trends or latest research in regards to Web-Based Systems?

 

For the Instructor

This week they will discuss Web Based Systems. They will explore the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with web based systems and database drvien websites. Also, they will analyze their ERP and web baswd components it has including its architecure, modules and data flow. Also, the reviews for their Work 2s wlll be due on Sunday.

They can present their updates from last week on Sales and Marketing.

These are the comment and update questions for the upcoming week.

Comment: What are all the data, processes, personnel and systems associated with Web Based Systems? What are some of the best-practices and standards that you think should be incorporated by all businesses and why?

Update: What are the components that ERPs have or that your chosen ERP has that relates to Web Based Systems? What are some current trends or latest research in regards to Web-Based Systems?

Work 2 – Reviews Due – Sunday 11pm

Week 7: Project Plans and Presentations

For the Participant

Project Management

Project Management is a crucial field.  Most Information Technology development is done on a project basis. Following a structured framework promotes a successful project. Industry best-practices recommend following project management strategies and tools consistent with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  There are variations to the PMBOK methodology and its implementation. Choosing the correct one for your project contributes to its success.

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Project Management Body of Knowledge

The PMBOK consists of five processes and nine knowledge areas which when used comprehensively encompass all the various aspects to project management.

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Five Processes

The five processes are:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

Nine Knowledge Areas

The nine knowledge areas are:

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management

Project Managers

The role of a project manager involves many skills and characteristics. A project manager is instrumental to the success of a software development project and is the key player. Not only does he manage the day-to-day activities of the project, but also the insurance that the software product is delivered on time within a specified budget and time constraint.

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Project Manager Tasks

Project managers will perform activities such as project initiation, planning, control, tracking, implementation and closing whilst managing resources, cost, risk, schedules, the project plan and quality control.

The Project Plan

Preparing a project plan for software development helps ensure that specified requirements and objectives are met successfully. It is a collation of all planning activities to perform, such as, design and analysis, activity definition, risk planning and cost estimation. To create the plan all planning activities, organizational policies, assumptions and constraints are assessed. Detailed lists of all the elements that make up the project deliverables are defined. The deliverables are then further broken down for the calculation of duration, start dates, and end dates for each activity mentioned in the plan. Roles and responsibilities are assigned to people with the appropriate skills to complete each activity within the specified time and cost. Controlled mechanisms are also created that include a risk management and mitigation plan, a detailed quality plan, and quality assurance activities. A review and audit system is implemented for periodic assessment and measurement of the activities to ensure compliance with organizational processes. Furthermore, the type of leadership the project manager implements will impact the rest of the team and their production.

Additional Readings.

Ahamed, S.S. (2012).Moving Toward Effective Software Project Scheduling and Planning to Establish Reasonable Plans for Performing the Software Engineering and or Managing the Software Project. Computer Science & Telecommunications, 2012, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p21-28, 8p

Brath, E. (2008). Project Manager: Managing the World, One Project at a Time,Certification Magazine, Feb2008, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p26-29, 4p.

Crawford, J., Cabanis-Brewin, J. (2006). Competency and Careers In Project Management. AMA Handbook of Project Management. 2006, p248-264. 17p.

Ghosh, S. et al. (2012). CEnhance PMBOK by Comparing it with P2M, ICB, PRINCE2, APM and Scrum Project Management Standards. PM World Today. Jan2012, Vol. 14 Issue 1, Special section p1-77. 77p.

Gillard, S.(2009). Soft Skills and Technical Expertise of Effective Project Managers. Issues in Informing Science & Information Technology, 2009, Vol. 6, p723-729, 7p.

Greer, D.; Conradi, R. (2009). Software project initiation and planning – an empirical study. IET Software, Oct 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p356-368, 13p.

Indelicato, Greg. (2009) A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK® guide), fourth edition. Project Management Journal. Jun 2009, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p104-104. DOI: 10.1002/pmj.20125.

IT Business Edge (2014). The Complete Project Management Office Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.itbusinessedge.com/itdownloads/it-project-management/the-complete-project-management-office-handbook-third-edition.html.

Khan, Q., Ghayyur, S. (2010). Software Risks and Mitigation in Global Software Development. Journal of Theoretical & Applied Information Technology, 2010, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p58-69, 12p.

O’Brochta, M. (2012). Leadership Essentials For PMPs.  PM World Today. Mar2012, Vol. 14 Issue 3, Special section p1-4. 5p.

Project Management Institute. (2013). Core Standards. PM Network. Jan2013, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p69-69. 1p.

Project Management Institute. (2015). PM Network. Retrieved from http://www.pmi.org/learning/pm-network.aspx.

Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. (2015). Project Plan Template. Retrieved from http://swebokwiki.org/Chapter_7:_Software_Engineering_Management.

Streun, G. (2006). CHAPTER 3: Project Management Process Groups: Project Management Knowledge in Action. AMA Handbook of Project Management. 2006, p25-30. 6p.

Zwikael, O. (2009). The Relative Importance of the PMBOK® Guide’s Nine Knowledge Areas During Project Planning. Project Management Journal. Dec2009, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p94-103. 10p.

 

 

discussion

Comment: What are project plans? What are some templates that you have used or are used where you work? Is it important to have a project plan for all IT initiatives?

Update: Research best practices in and templates for project plans and presentations. Choose one or two templates that you prefer and discuss their components, structure, and detail. Discuss how you think it should be presented to upper management for project approval and why.

 

For the Instructor

This week they will discuss project management and project plans. They will explore the strategies for project management, the project management book of knowledge, the software enginerring book of knowledge including project plans. Also, they will discuss project plans and presentations templates and strategies. This will solidify their information for their Case study and proejct plan they will finalize by Sunday.

They can present their updates from last week on Web Based Systems or their Work 1s

These are the comment and update questions for the upcoming week.

Comment: What are project plans? What are some templates that you have used or are used where you work? Is it important to have a project plan for all IT initiatives?

Update: Research best practices in and templates for project plans and presentations. Choose one or two templates that you prefer and discuss their components, structure, and detail. Discuss how you think it should be presented to upper management for project approval and why.

Work 2 – Final Version and Self Review Due – Sunday 11pm

Week 8: Training and User Documentation

For the Participant

EmployeeTraining

When updating or revamping software systems, the training of employees is important. It is crucial to make sure their use of the systems promotes efficiency and productivity. When creating a training program or initiative severla key elemetns msut be addressed. According to Nick Mann in his article, “7 Steps to Develop an Effective Employee Training Program.” suggests the following must exist for an effective training program.

  • Identify Goals
  • Acquire training resources
  • Create a Schedule
  • Find a Trainer or Training Media
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Track Progress
  • Encourage Feedback.

Train the Trainer

Some options are to train one or some key employees to train the rest of the employees. Here are some strategies for this.

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Here are some strategies for increasing time and cost effectiveness of company training.

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Here are some online employee training software options.

Comparison of Online Employee Training Software (2015)

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Training.

One component that is a must for all training programs is some form of evaluation of the training program.

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User Documentation

Whenever a new software product revision or update is made it is crucuial that user documentation is created and available for the end-users as well as the technical support for the new systems.

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Here are some new trends for Software User Documentation.

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Additional Readings.

Diamantidis, A. D., & Chatzoglou, P. D. (2014). Employee post-training behaviour and performance: evaluating the results of the training process. International Journal Of Training & Development, 18(3), 149-170. doi:10.1111/ijtd.12034

Lenzner, M. (2009). The key elements to effective organizational training. Business Journal (Central New York), 23(24), 7-12.

Mann, N. (2013). 7 Steps to Develop an Effective Employee Training Program. Retrieved from http://www.businessbee.com/resources/operations/7-steps-to-develop-an-effective-employee-training-program/.

Vuţă, D. R., & Fărcaş, A. (2015). The Role of Training in Organizational and Employee. Revista Academiei Fortelor Terestre, 20(3), 367-372.Development.

 

discussion

Comment: How important is training and documentation when new systems are implemented or updated? Have you experienced this? If so, please share with the class your experiences including what you preferred and what you did not and why?

Update: Research various training strategies, format and delivery options. Compare and contrast them in terms of effectiveness, timeliness, comprehensiveness, user-friendliness, currency and updateability.

For the Instructor

This week is the last week of the session. They will discuss training and user documentation. They will explore the strategies for training and user documentation.

They can present their updates from last week on Project Plans or their Work 2s.

These are the comment and update questions for the upcoming week.

Comment: How important is training and documentation when new systems are implemented or updated? Have you experienced this? If so, please share with the class your experiences including what you preferred and what you did not and why?

Update: Research various training strategies, format and delivery options. Compare and contrast them in terms of effectiveness, timeliness, comprehensiveness, user-friendliness, currency and updateability.

Last week of class.

Course Syllabus

Course Introduction.

This course will cover business process analysis, database analytics, enterprise reporting, network administration, business processes and systems. Students will research current trends and industry best-practices and standards in regards to Enterprise Resource Planning, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing and Web Based data, processes, personnel and systems, as well as, create a project plan for an ERP implementation case study.

Course Objectives

  • Assess strategic uses of technology based in medium and large institutions.
  • Describe Business Analytics, Project Management, and Software Engineering strategies
  • Define and analyze Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • Research, evaluate and implement various Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for existing Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based systems.
  • Develop a project management strategy and plan for the development, management, and implementation of an enterprise database solution.
  • Create a project plan to implement the components of an Enterprise Resource Plan (ERP) System for Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Web-Based systems.
  • Analyze training and user documentation for the successful implementation of an ERP system.

Course Agenda

Each week you will analyze an existing business system and process using standards business analytics and metrics and research on industry best-practices, standards, latest research and current trends.

  • In Week 1 you will look at Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems – what they are and how they work.
  • In Week 2 you will look at Human Resources including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 3 you will explore Finance and Accounting including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 4 you will explore Sales and Marketing including the data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 5 you will explore Web-Based data, processes, personnel and systems based on industry best-practices and standards
  • In Week 6 you will explore project plans, the various components they contain, the standard templates that are used and endorsed by such international and national organizations such as IEEE and ACM as well as the Books of Knowledge such as SWEBOK and PMBOK.
  • In Week 7 you will explore user training and the various documentation, training formats, delivery options and evaluation.
  • In Week 8 you will explore user documentation and manuals to help facilitate the efficient and productive usage of an ERP implementation.

There will be two works that will be required.

  • Work 1 will require the analysis of an enterprise resource planning system in regards to human resources, finance, accounting, sales, marketing and web based processes and systems. How well does it embrace the data, processes, personnel and systems of these departments? How well does it embrace the latest industry best-practices, standards and trends?
  • Work 2 with be a case study of a workplace environment and the creation of a project plan for the planning, managing, designing and implementing of a large scale enterprise database application utilizing a popular ERP of your choice.

The Learning Philosophy:

The learning philosophy of this class is “collaborative knowledge production”. Instead of lectures, you will read synopses and related material on typical business systems including current trends, best practices and standards. You will explore international and national professional organizations that set the standards for what is used in the workplace/ recent books, the most relevant of which is listed above. Interaction with then be devoted to dialogue based on work you have undertaken in your own workplaces or research you have done on industry best-practices and standards. These interactions take various forms:

  • Make a comment each week on the discussion topic update. Comment on other’s comments to promote conversation and discussion.
  • Create 8 updates of your own, to be posted in the Community area of Scholar.
  • Comment on several others’ updates each week.
  • Write two ‘works’ in the Creator area of Scholar and offer constructive peer reviews of others’ works.
  • Revise of these works, based on feedback, and reading and discuss published works shared with the class.
  • Oral presentations and discussions in weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Except for the class sessions, the majority of these interactions are asynchronous. The time for synchronous discussion will be the session on Monday evenings (US Central time). Those unable to attend these sessions should listen to the recording of the session to stay up to date with the program.

Weekly Updates

You will find eight topics, or eight perspectives for weekly updates in the timeline below. Each week, you will make comments in the discussion update for that week. You will also make an update of your own on each topic.

Please make updates by about the middle of the weekend before the next Monday’s class, then make comments in response to others’ posts by the end of the weekend.

Note: Post updates on the Community page (so they appear in the Activity Stream of all Community Members—if you post on your personal page, updates will only go to people with whom you have connected as peers).

Works

Note: you can start researching either of these works as soon as you wish, however the Scholar project will not be started until after the first class, when we have a final list of who will be participating in this course, and everyone has created Scholar accounts.

Work 1: The Business Analytics of Information Technology Projects and Business Systems

The focus of this work is theoretical. Write a wiki-style entry defining a business systems concept. In your work, you should locate the concept in relation to industry best-practices and standards. What are the popular products currently on the markets? How do these products address business analytics, metrics, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing or Web-Based data, personnel, processes and systems? What are the software and hardware architectures for these products or strategies?

Following are some possible concepts. Ideally, different people will select different concepts, so that, as a knowledge community, we produce a wiki-like range of related concepts. Send me a message through Scholar once you have selected your concept, to be sure that we don’t have more than one or two people working on each concept. Or feel free to run another idea past me if you wish.

Possible concepts include:

Business Analytics
Business Requirements and Use Cases
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems
Human Resource Information Systems
Finance and Accounting Systems
Sales and Marketing Systems
Web Based Systems
Project Management and the Project Management Book of Knowledge
Software Engineering and the Software Engineering Book of Knowledge
Bias and Heuristics in Information Technology Project Management
The Software Development Life Cycle
The Project Life Cycle
Project Plans
End-User Training and Documentation

Work 1 Rubric

Work 2: Case Study of an ERP Implementation

Write up a case study of an ERP implementation – something in which you have been involved, or which you have observed in a place where you have worked, or are interested in offering as a project initiative.  If you want to understand more about the case study as a research and presentation method, the Wikipedia entry is quite good. Use the project management and Software Engineering Book of Knowledge and Project Management Book of Knowledge SWEBOK best-practices and standards as you create your project plan. Make sure to include detailed hardware and software architectures, modules and other related plans such as risk management, software configuration management and other diagrams and plans as you deem warranted for your case study.

Work 2 Rubric

Course Timeline:

Assessment and Grading

Course participants will be required to write to:

  • Write two works in the Creator space of Scholar (each 30% of final grade). One will be the size of a wiki-entry the other the size of a project plan template including diagrams and additional plans as deemed relevant.
  • In each of the two writing cycles, peer review three other participants’ works (15% of final grade)
  • Revise their work in the light of peer review comments and write a self-review of the changes made for the final version in the light of peer comments and further reflection.
  • Comment on the eight, weekly discussion topic updates.
  • Post at least 8 weekly updates to the Community space, and read others’ updates, commenting upon three or four of your classmates’ updates. (25% of final grade).
  • Grades are negotiable. If you are unhappy with your grade, you are welcome to revise work in order to improve your grade.

Technical Matters

Some important things to note:

  • We will be using the ‘Scholar’ platform for class collaboration. If you are not familiar with it already (and of course you will be if you have already take courses which have used Scholar), I will introduce it to you in the first session of the course. If you do not already have a Scholar account,
  • Create one at http://cgscholar.com everyone, including people with existing logins, should request to join the community for this course.
  • Our synchronous sessions will use Blackboard Collaborate.
  • We won’t use the Learn@Illinois platform a great deal, however you will find this syllabus there, a link to Scholar and access to the Collaborate Live Session.

 

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