By reading and discussing with our fellow students about these articles, we get to know the power, as well as the importance of IT in today’s business. We also had chance to delve into what really can IT does to empower the business processes. Additionally, in our opinions, these articles also illustrate very well how IT initiates, facilicates, and enables business processes by using many examples. It makes these technical texts much easier to understand and to digest.
Here is the summary of Article 2 and 3 (we couldn’t get in touch with the member who is responsible for Article 1) 1. Article 2 – Information Technology in Business Processes - Rengineering
Business Process Re-engineering- fundamental rethinking and radical (new styles of working. change should be made at the root) redesign of business processes to achieve dramatic improvements in cost, quality, service and quickness and IT helps it to do it.
Managed by top management
Changes should be managed
* to improve business inefficient processes * to be the industrial leader * to reorganize business functions * to improve current industry position * to be among the industry leaders * to dramatically turn the company 's position around
Advantages of IT * cost and time savings * accuracy and avoiding human mistakes concerning repetitive tasks * reduces errors and time * integrating and coordinating several services at once * improving efficiency in organization by eliminating delay, redundancy processing steps
Enablers- elements that act as vehicles for processes to change and IT acts as enabler for BPR
How IT make change easy? * Shared databases --different functions are allowed to take part by using the information stored in the databases. * Imaging technology--many people work at same time * Electronic data exchange and electronic funds transference * shared resources with different communication technologies(emails,