Question;INF220;IS Principles ashford university week 1;Discussions;To participate in the following;Discussion Forums, go to this week'sDiscussionlink in the left navigation;1.;Information Systems and Globalization;How are information systems transforming;business and what is their relationship to globalization? Give examples to;illustrate your answer. Respond to at least two of your classmates? postings.;2.;Organizational Performance;How do enterprise applications, collaboration;and communication systems, and intranets improve organizational performance?;Give examples to illustrate your answer. Respond to at least two of your;classmates? postings.;Assignments;To complete this;assignment, go to this week'sAssignmentlink in the left;navigation;UPS;and the Utility of Information Systems;After reading chapter;one, watch thevideo: (Real Media Player can be downloaded for free atwww.real.com);and read the additional write-up on page 16 of your text. Answer the questions;listed below using APA format. Be sure to integrate vocabulary from the text to;demonstrate your understanding of concepts. The paper should not exceed 2;double-spaced pages (excluding title page).;United Parcel Service's;operations are driven by its information systems technology. Beginning as a;local delivery service in 1907, UPS expanded on the West coast initially;reached New York in the 1930s, and went international in the 1970s. Today, UPS;delivers over 14 million packages daily to 200 countries and territories. A;$1.5 billion technology investment in the 1980s buoyed the growth of UPS. The;investment enabled the development of the International Shipments Processing;System (ISPS), which is the key to the company's overseas operations. The;technology infrastructure enables UPS to offer its customers services in;addition to the basic shipment of packages. UPS drivers play an important role;in the company's services by capturing information at the endpoints of each;delivery segment. Volume, cultural differences, and hardware readiness all;impact the development and continued growth of UPS.;1.;What external factors;affect international operations at UPS?;2.;How do these factors;cause UPS to adjust its operations?;3.;What are the inputs;processing, and outputs of UPS? tracking system.;4.;What technologies are;used by UPS? How are these technologies related to UPS? business model and;business objectives?;5.;What problems do UPS?s;information systems solve?;Week 2;NF220;IS Principles Ashford university week 2;Ashford;3: - Week 2;Discussions;To participate in the;following Discussion Forums, go to this week's Discussionlink in the left navigation;1.;Role of BPR;What is the role of business process;reengineering (BPR) in enhancing competitiveness? Give examples to illustrate;your answer. Respond to at least two of your classmates? postings.;2.;Hardware and Software Selection;Why is selecting computer hardware and;software for the organization an important business decision? What factors;should be considered? Respond to at least two of your classmates? postings.;Assignments;To complete this;assignment, go to this week's Assignmentlink in the left navigation;Identifying OpportunitiesSelect a company described in the Wall Street;Journal, Fortune, Forbes, or another reputable business application. Visit the;company?s Web site to find additional information about that company and see;how the firm is using the Web. On the basis of this information, briefly;identify important business processes and the firm?s business strategy. Suggest;information systems that might give that particular business a competitive;advantage, including those based on Internet technology. Your paper should be;two double-spaced pages in length (excluding title page) and in APA format. Be;sure to integrate vocabulary from the text to demonstrate your understanding of;concepts.;Discussions;To participate in the following;Discussion Forums, go to this week's Discussion;link in the left navigation;Database Development;To what;extent should end users be involved in the selection of a database management;system and database design? Respond to at least two of your classmates?;postings.;RFID;Should all;major retailing and manufacturing companies switch to RFID? Why or why not?;Respond to at least two of your classmates? postings.;Assignments;To complete this assignment, go to;this week's Assignment link in the;left navigation;Network Design;In a two-page APA formatted paper;provide analysis answering the following;Network design is a key business;decision as well as a technological decision. Why? Provide an example of a;company you believe has a good network design, providing supporting rationale;on why that network is effective and what types of business decisions or;reports can be made from its utility.;Week 4;Discussions;To participate in the following;Discussion Forums, go to this week's Discussion;link in the left navigation;Security in Business;Respond to;the following: ?Security isn?t simply atechnology issue, it?s a;business issue.? Be sure to include business examples in your post. Respond to;at least two of your classmates? postings.;Supply Chain ManagementSupply;chain management is less about managing the physical movement of goods and more;about managing information. Discuss the implications of this statement. Respond;to at least two of your classmates? postings.;Assignments;To complete this assignment, go to;this week's Assignment link in the;left navigation;Evaluating Security Software;In a two-page APA formatted paper;provide analysis answering the following;Use the Web to research and evaluate;security products from two competing vendors, such as antivirus software;firewalls, or antispyware software. For each product, describe its capabilities;for what types of businesses it is best suited, and its cost to purchase and;install. Which is the best product? Why?;Ashford 6: - Week 5;Discussions;To participate in the following;Discussion Forums, go to this week's Discussion;link in the left navigation;Impact of the InternetThe;Internet may not make corporations obsolete, but corporations will have to;change their business models. Do you agree? Why or why not? Respond to at least;two of your classmates? postings.;Moral Dimensions of Information SystemsRefer to;page 413 Figure 12-1 in your text ? The Relationship Between Ethical, Social;and Political Issues in an Information Society. ?The introduction of new;information technology has a ripple effect, raising new ethical, social, and;political issues that must be dealt with on individual, social, and political;levels. These issues have five moral dimensions: information rights and;obligations, property rights and obligations, system quality, quality of life;and accountability and control.? Give a business example of each. Respond to at;least two of your classmates? postings.;Assignment;To complete this assignment, go to;this week's Final Paper link in the;left navigation;Final Paper;The final paper will demonstrate the;students? ability to assimilate, synthesize, and apply the concepts of;management information systems, specifically how information systems transform;business, how information systems help to solve business problems, how;information systems support major business functions, and how information;systems affect business careers.;Focus of the Final Paper;Your final paper should demonstrate;understanding of information systems and how they contribute to forming;competitive advantage in business. Prepare a 4-6 page paper that addresses the;following questions in narrative form (APA form and style). Be sure to provide;examples and supporting rationale throughout the paper.;1.;How are information systems;transforming business and what is their relationship to globalization?;2.;Why are information systems so;essential for running and managing a business today?;3.;What exactly is an information;system? How does it work? What are its people, organization, and technology;components?;4.;How will a four-step method for;business problem solving help you solve information system-relations problems?;5.;Identify and describe the major;features of a business that are important for understanding the role of;information systems.;6.;Describe the information systems;supporting the major business functions: sales and marketing, manufacturing and;production, finance and accounting, and human resources.;7.;How will information systems affect;business careers and what information systems skills and knowledge are;essential?;Writing the Final Paper;The Final Paper;?;Must be four to six double-spaced;pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the;approved APA style guide.;?;Must include a cover page that;includes;?;Student?s name;?;Course name and number;?;Title of paper;?;Instructor?s name;?;Date submitted;?;Must include an introductory;paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.;?;Must address the topic of the paper;with critical thought.;?;Must conclude with a restatement of;the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.;?;Must use APA style as outlined in;the approved APA style guide to document all sources.;?;Must include, on the final page, a;Reference Page that is completed according to APA style as outlined in the;approved APA style guide.
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