CASE STUDY III-1
Consumer and Industrial Products. Inc. is a large manufacturer of a wide variety of products. The company is headquartered in the United States and has several plants all around the world. The large amount of operations requires the company to have updated IT systems. When dealing with a huge number of customers, the proper database and storage of information plays a crucial role. Back in 1993, the company’s Director, Ted Anderson, launched the idea of developing a Document Control System, named Payables Audit System. It was a huge achievement to make this project. The company created six different departments, which are in charge of different project parts. The most important person in this project was the MBA graduate from MIS with wide experience and huge knowledge, Linda Watkins. She is the Project Director for the PAS. At the beginning of the project, Linda Watkins brought specialists to the project from outside of the company. The idea of implementing the PAS system in the company reduced the cost of operations. For instance, an incoming order in the company goes through 18 clerks to be proceeded. When the new system will be implemented, the same order can be proceeded by 1 or 2 people. It will reduce time, employment, and will allow the company to have a better storage system. It was a lot of study and research performed prior to posting the entire idea of the project’s functionality and structure. Linda Watson tried to estimate the labor hours needed to implement the draft of the system. She has done her best to calculate the budget for the project. The estimates showed $ 250,000 – $ 350,000 to complete the project. After introducing the project, the company will constantly save $135,000 each year for a regular operations. Moreover, the PAS system will simplify operation structure of Consumers and Industrial Products. Inc., while also allowing for the company’s growth....
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