The objective of Riordan Manufacturing is to create a newly designed Systems Development Life Cycle or SDLC. That is to deliver high quality systems, provide effective and strong management control measures thru various projects, and maximize productivity of designated systems. The goal is to enhance development within operational measure of the company’s processes, improve efficiency of production and service delivery throughout different departments, and create a positive impact in manufacturing and operational costs in supply of materials and manufacturing (Apollo Group, Inc., 2006). The goals that have been requested are to reduce cost through process improvement and reduce operating costs. Develop and deliver product in a timely fashion, remembering that customer satisfaction is crucial. Develop and MRP process and tools that reduce cost and cycle time. Saving money is the ultimate goal. What is needed for the company is an MRP system that can track and manage raw materials and a finished product inventory across all of their plants (Apollo Group, Inc., 2006). The requirements consist of three parts: technical requirements, functional requirements, and general requirements. Technical requirements include software and hardware components including growth and maintenance. Functional requirements include inputs and outputs of the system user interface and projected enhancements. Maintenance and support fall under the general requirements and all documentation and training needs. Supporting Measures for Success
One way to measure success of the current project is the actual cost reduction that is asked for by the company. Time management and the time it takes to actually complete the project is another way to verify whether the project is a success. The project must also meet the technical, functional, and general requirements suggested by Riordan Manufacturing for the project to be successful. Remembering at all times that customer satisfaction and cost reduction is the ultimate goal of the company. Summary of Project Feasibility
Riordan Manufacturing has a request for an evaluation for the development of an MRP system to track and manage their raw materials and the finished product inventory across all their plants. To obtain this evaluation, a Systems Development Life Cycle process (SDLC) will be used. In particular, the waterfall method of a SDLC will be used. This stage of the project examines the view of the project and sets the goals (Kay, 2002).
Riordan Manufacturing is looking to the reduction of raw materials and finished goods inventory costs. This reduction of raw materials and inventory costs will allow Riordan Manufacturing to focus on better efficiency and reduced cost of manufacturing throughout their plants. This project will be integrated into the existing database.
The SDLC will list all involved parties of the project. Systems analysts, software programmers, and end-users will play a role in the development. Areas to be examined will include current cost of raw materials and finished goods inventory. These costs will be compared to the costs of the finished project. Current Business Process Summary
The diagram below demonstrates the SDLC method using the waterfall model. Typically, the waterfall method calls for a 10 step process in the...