This report is to be delivered by 25th May 2010 and is designed advise Rebecca Smith about various information system possibilities that would best suit the requirements of Rebecca’s business ‘Ready To Eat’ (RTE). The report firstly describes what an information system is, its purpose and how they work. This report will then discuss the increasing globalisation of markets and how IS can be utilised in small businesses to capitalise on these new markets and improve their competiveness. Further discussion are delivered on what information systems are available and describes how IS haves different functions but can and do overlap when providing support for the specific business function. The report identifies information system by their function and how they can assist RTE in managing the business. Managers and business owners are expected to make decisions which have a positive effect on the future of the business; this report describes how Information systems have directly influenced decision making and how if information systems to be effective need to integrate forecasting the future and offer alternative scenarios of the outcomes of decision. The report also offers the hypothesis of Porter's Competitive Forces model and advocates that this model is the foundation to understanding the strategic forces affecting businesses. The report characterises the role of information system and how the manipulated these forces give small business a strategic advantage. This report will identify the information requirements of RTE by advocating that the basic process of systems development involves defining the project, creating a model, deriving a model, measuring the costs and benefits of all alternatives, selecting the best option, designing the new system, completing the specific programming functions, installing and testing the new system, and completing a post-implementation audit (Chad, Yu-An & Shu-Woan 2007). Collaboration and communication among key stakeholders is then discussed outlining the role of the internet, intranet and extranet and how these tool can be used in business to archive a more efficient and effective operation. Further details to IS implementation are explored with a focus on identifying problems that are generally associated with the implementation of IS, this report then offers solutions by utilising planning to combat these problems. The report then discuses the ethical and security issue that are associated with information systems in business. In finalising the report if offer a summary of conclusions and recommendations that include the use of that information to facilitate the business function is of vital importance and by using Information system effectively RTE will be in a better position to sustain growth and productivity. The report recommends the utilisation of office information system transaction processing system to improve the productivity day-to-day operational and financial elements. Further, the use of Management Information systems (MIS) were recommended so as to provide the information necessary to manage and organisation effectively.
It is a recommendation of this report that information system be utilised as a as tool to gain a strategic advantage by aligning the business goals with the influence of the five forces described in the report as Porter's Competitive Forces model to obtain competitive advantage by influencing direction or strength of one or more of the forces in Porter's model.
Table of contents
Table of contents3
The benefits that information systems can provide for your business6
Types of information’s system available for to RTE7
Operating Support System8
Transaction Processing Systems8...