Riordan Manufacturing, Inc. is a global leader in the field of plastic injection molding with state-of-the art design capabilities that has earned them international acclaim. Unfortunately, their dynamic research and development has failed to carry over to their IT infrastructure causing a great need for a complete redesign. With facilities in San Jose, California, Albany, Georgia, Pontiac, Michigan, and Hang Zhou, China, the changes to their IT infrastructure will need to stretch worldwide. To their advantage, with a budget of $150,000, and complete backing from Riordan Industries, their main company and a Fortune 1000 enterprise, accomplishing a successful redesign is well within reach. Business Objectives - LAN
To begin, let us address the business objectives of Riordan Manufacturing. Riordan Manufacturing wishes to change their current plant independent' inventory management system to a central inventory management system. In the current configuration, the inventory management system is different for each plant, and is largely based upon paper transactions; numerous hand-offs between departments, and causing a great opportunity for error. By tying the receiving, manufacturing, and shipping departments together, work force can be used more efficiently, inventory management can be improved, and a lean manufacturing environment can be obtained.
For feasibility, the likelihood of finding an obtainable resolution by April 27 is very good. The financial situation of Riordan Manufacturing is extremely positive, with a generous budget of $150,000 and backing from Riordan Industries, there is little keeping the project plan from meeting the April deadline. The biggest issue we foresee is the short timeline. Although the basic principal of creating a LAN at each location is simple, there are existing systems in place that could cause complexities when designing the new system. To assist in keeping the new LAN simple and reliable, it will likely be designed to run parallel with the existing one so that neither system will be dependent upon the other. The additional CAT5 wiring that will be needed to accomplish this task will add to the budget, but when purchased in bulk the overall impact will be minimal. Although tight, the $150,000 budget is within reach.
To measure the success of the new LAN, the receiving, manufacturing, and shipping inventory systems will need to be tested under full load. Initially they will be brought live during non-normal operating hours, however, workstations will be increasingly logged into as the day progresses, and the success of the LAN can then be determined. If an issue arises that keeps the new LAN from operating, the old system will still be in place and can be brought online again while repairs to the new LAN are made. Business Objectives WAN
To address the business objectives of Riordan Manufacturing's WAN, their wish is to tie their current plant independent' inventory management systems to their home office in San Jose, CA. Their motive for doing so is to create a more efficient finance and accounting system that will allow the home office to track the inventory, usage, and finances of each plant. In the current configuration, the inventory management system is different for each plant, and is largely based upon paper transactions; numerous hand-offs between departments, and causing a great opportunity for error. By tying the plants together, reporting can be made more efficient, inventory management monitoring can be improved, and the current finance and accounting issues can be resolved. The biggest finance and accounting issues that need to be addressed are as follows: Consolidated close of the General Ledger and subsequently the Income Statement and Balance Sheet is labor intensive and normally not completed until 15-20 days after month end. Audit (to include external auditors) is required each month and is...