Bis Assignment 1

Topics: Computer, Personal computer / Pages: 21 (5166 words) / Published: Apr 24th, 2006
Tutor: Sean Boylan-Toomey.
Student: Owen Mc Crudden.

I have been set this assignment be my tutor Sean Boylan-Toomey who teaches System Analysis & Design. This assignment requires me to analyse a case study of a medium sized organisation. It is open to a degree of interpretation. I can make any valid assumptions as long as I indicate my reasons. From this case study, which is of the Belfast Independent Food & Household Enterprises (B.I.F.H.E.), I am to answer a set of tasks.

I will begin by summarise the stages of the Systems Development Life Cycle (Water method). The Systems Development Life Cycle is something that consists of a set of series of distinct phases or stages. These phases or stages must be achieved so that you can proceed onto the next stage and so forth. The first point that you must achieve is:

Requirements analysis & Definition. This is the stage that you have to analyse or inspect the problem at hand and say what exactly is the problem is. In this case the task is to look at the current BIFHE. It says that it is a Wholesale Cash & Carry warehouse and it is situated on the outskirts of Belfast in the Millfield Industrial Estate. It serves the local retail trade with the supply of foodstuffs and other household needs. It is comprised of 3 main areas: 1) Sales / Marketing. 2) Warehousing / Purchasing. 3) Accounting / Finance.
Each of these areas is managed by one of three Department Managers.
They have set the task of wanting a new up-to-date system that will be able to cope with their problem which is: At present the systems that support these activities are all paper based, i.e. they rely on all the data being held on paper files. And as a result of this the Senior Management Team of BIFHE has now realised that the operation and development of the organisations is being severely restricted by the limitations on their ability to use and maintain the data files. And now they have decided to

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