MIS 535 Week 2 Course Project – Business Problem
Provide an opportunity for students to apply a technology solution to a business problem in a specific company or organization that adds value to the organization.
The Course Project’s focus is on the use of technology to solve specific business problems. Although the list of technologies that you can choose for your Course Project is vast, the following are some current technical topic suggestions appropriate for specific business sectors that you could consider in solving your business problem.
Some Ideas to Identify a Business Problem
- Lack of competitiveness or profitability
- Inefficient processes
- Slow product development
- Obsolete IT organization and technologies
- Poor corporate communications
- Ongoing personnel issues
Some Benefits it Will Provide the Organization
- Financial—profitability, revenue, product costs
- Improved competitiveness
- Better marketing positioning
- Efficiency in key processes, for example, sales, manufacturing, and development
- Improved product or service quality
- Improved product development
- Better and more accurate support turnaround
- Preparation for the future—how is the organization positioning itself for future growth
Some Ideas on How the Project Could Tie Together
- As an example, you could write your paper on some aspect of e-commerce. You might tie it into targeted advertising. You could then tie the back-end databases that are necessary to support e-commerce. For example, how databases contain information that allows vendors to target their audience and what those databases are.
- Another example might be the functionality of enterprise systems. You might choose a specific enterprise system like ERP, CRM, or SCM and detail how the functionality is delivered. This could be how a business person would access this type of information.
- The business problem is high cost of IT and product development, and the benefits are profitability, faster development time, or increased sales. The solution might be Cloud computing describing the Cloud computing approach taken; for example, SaaS or Cloud virtualization.
Summary of Course Project Requirements
The project should follow the APA style of citing references in the text and on the bibliography page. No fewer than five references must be used for research and properly cited in the paper and in the bibliography.
Ensure correct spelling and grammar (use built-in tool with MS Word).
Credible reference sources are available through the DeVry Library and other sources. Please do not use Wikipedia.
The project must be 10–15 pages in length (excluding the cover page, table of contents, bibliography and any attachments which includes images, tables or graphs), double spaced, using Times New Roman font, 12-point, using 1 inch margins and headings for the paper format requirements.
The table of contents for the Course Project:
- Cover page
- Table of contents
- Brief company background
- Discussion of business problem(s)
- High level solution
- Benefits of solving the problem
- Business or technical approach
- Business process changes
- Technology or business practices used to augment the solution
- Conclusions and overall recommendations
- High-level implementation plan
- Summary of project
In addition to the paper, please include a PowerPoint presentation, including substantive speaker notes for each slide and add an audio track for each slide. Please include references (more than five) in the slides and have a separate bibliography at the end of the presentation.
Instructions for recording the audio track in PowerPoint 2010/2013
- Connect a mic to your computer
- Turn on and test the mic
- Open MS PowerPoint
- Create presentation and save
- Go to the slide show tab
- In the slide show tab press either
- Start recording from beginning
- Start recording from current slide
- When you are finished with the audio for the current slide, press the right arrow to continue to the next slide.
- Continue to speak into the mic until you finish showing your slides, and press stop to stop recording.
The PowerPoint presentation is due no later than 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday of Week 7.