1 1. Global E Business and Collaboration Lecture 2 TIM 50 Autumn 2012
2 Objective of the Learning The Major Feature of Business Systems Performance of Business Organization Levels of Business management The Role of Information System Enterprise Application Importance of Collaboration and Teamwork of Systems The Role of Information systems in the Business
3 Nature of Business Information Systems Business Systems Functions Processes Actions Information Systems Technologies Enterprise System SCMS CRMS KMS Levels After 1900 Business Activities Max Profits Min Cost What About Human Beings?? Business Systems?? TPS MIS DSS ESS Collaboration Team works
4 The Interdependence Between Organizations and Information Technology There is a growing interdependence between a firm s information systems and its business capabilities. Changes in strategy, rules, and business processes increasingly require changes in hardware, software, databases, and telecommunications. Often, what the organization would like to do depends on what its systems will permit it to do.
5 Definition Structure Functions processes Business, Business Enterprise
8 Business Functions Manufacturing and production Assembling the product Sales and marketing Identifying customers Finance and accounting Creating financial statements Human resources Hiring employees
9 Business processes: Workflows of material, information, knowledge Sets of activities, steps May be tied to functional area or be crossfunctional Businesses: Can be seen as collection of business processes
10 Manufacturing and production systems Functional concerns include: Managing production facilities, production goals, production materials, and scheduling Examples of systems: Machine control (operational mgmt) Production planning (middle mgmt) Facilities location (senior mgmt)
11 Sales and marketing systems Functional concerns include: Sales management, customer identification market research, advertising and promotion, pricing, new products Examples of systems: Order processing (operational level) Pricing analysis (middle mgmt) Sales trend forecasting (senior mgmt)
12 Finance and accounting systems Functional concerns include: Managing financial assets (cash, stocks, etc.) and capitalization of firm, and managing firm s financial records Examples of systems: Accounts receivable (operational mgmt) Budgeting (middle mgmt) Profit planning (senior mgmt)
13 Human resource systems Functional concerns include: Identifying potential employees, maintaining employee records, creating programs to develop employee talent and skills Examples of systems: Training and development (operational mgmt) Compensation analysis (middle mgmt) Human resources planning (senior mgmt)
14 Business Environment Near Customers Suppliers Stockholders Regulations Competitors Far Economy, Economic cycle Technology and Science Politics International Changes
15 From Wikipedia Management in all business and organizational activities is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. Management comprises planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organization or effort for the purpose of accomplishing a goal.
16 Management Levels in a Firm Business organizations are hierarchies consisting of three principal levels: senior management, middle management, and operational management. Information systems serve each of these levels. Scientists and knowledge workers often work with middle management
17 Information technology enhances business processes in two main ways: Increasing efficiency of existing processes Automating steps that were manual Amount of Information Speed of Communications Accuracy of Data Stability of Executions Enabling entirely new processes that are capable of transforming the businesses Change flow of information Replace sequential steps with parallel steps Eliminate delays in decision making
18 Benefits of information Systems Operational Excellence New products, services, and business models Customer and Supplier intimacy Improved Decision-making Competitive Advantage Survival
19 Information system: Three activities produce information organizations need Input: Captures raw data from organization or external environment Processing: Converts raw data into meaningful form Output: Transfers processed information to people or activities that use it
20 Feedback: Output returned to appropriate members of organization to help evaluate or correct input stage Computer/Computer program vs. information system Computers and software are technical foundation and tools, similar to the material and tools used to build a house
21 Functions of an Information System An information system contains information about an organization and its surrounding environment. Three basic activities input, processing, and output produce the information organizations need. Feedback is output returned to appropriate people or activities in the organization to evaluate and refine the input. Environmental actors, such as customers, suppliers, competitors, stockholders, and regulatory agencies, interact with the organization and its information systems.
22 Information system: Set of interrelated components Collect, process, store, and distribute information Support decision making, coordination, and control Information vs. data Data are streams of raw facts Information is data shaped into meaningful form
23 Data and Information Raw data from a supermarket checkout counter can be processed and organized to produce meaningful information, such as the total unit sales of dish detergent or the total sales revenue from dish detergent for a specific store or sales territory.
24 Information Systems Are More Than Computers Using information systems effectively requires an understanding of the organization, management, and information technology shaping the systems. An information system creates value for the firm as an organizational and management solution to challenges posed by the environment.
25 Case study The TATA NANO Motors, Nano Car Business Objects : Automobile under US$2,500 Challenges; Old manufacturing system, Manual Works Longer time from design to the market Application of IT; Deploy Digital manufacturing System(DELMIA) Tata s SAP Enterprise resource planning system Results; Time from design to market less than 6 months Manufacturing time < 30% Manufacturing planning cost< 20% Overall design to market cost< 50+%
26 Types of Business information Systems Hierarchy of authority, responsibility Senior management Long term strategies, Vision Middle management Knowledge workers > plan, program Operational management Data workers Production or service workers
27 Transaction Processing Systems(TPS) Serve operational levels Perform and record daily routine transactions necessary to conduct business E.g. sales order entry, payroll, shipping Allow managers to monitor status of operations and relations with external environment Serve predefined, structured goals and decision making
28 The Order Fulfillment Process Fulfilling a customer order involves a complex set of steps that requires the close coordination of the sales, accounting, and manufacturing functions.
29 Example of a Sales Information System This system captures sales data at the moment the sale takes place to help the business monitor sales transactions and to provide information to help management analyze sales trends and the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
30 Overview of an Inventory System This system provides information about the number of items available in inventory to support manufacturing and production activities.
31 An Accounts Receivable System An accounts receivable system tracks and stores important customer data, such as payment history, credit rating, and billing history.
32 An Employee Record Keeping System This system maintains data on the firm s employees to support the human resources function.
33 Management Information Systems(MIS) Serve middle management Provide reports on firm s current performance, based on data from TPS Provide answers to routine questions with predefined procedure for answering them Typically have little analytic capability
34 How Management Information Systems Obtain their Data from the Organization s TPS In the system illustrated by this diagram, three TPS supply summarized transaction data to the MIS reporting system at the end of the time period. Managers gain access to the organizational data through the MIS, which provides them with the appropriate reports.
35 Sample MIS Report This report, showing summarized annual sales data, was produced by the MIS.
36 Decision Support Systems(DSS) Serve middle management Support non-routine decision making E.g. What is impact on production schedule if December sales doubled? Often use external information as well from TPS and MIS Model driven DSS Voyage-estimating systems Data driven DSS Intrawest s marketing analysis systems
37 Voyage-Estimating Decision-Support System This DSS operates on a powerful PC. It is used daily by managers who must develop bids on shipping contracts
38 Executive Support Systems(ESS) Support senior management Address non-routine decisions requiring judgment, evaluation, and insight Incorporate data about external events (e.g. new tax laws or competitors) as well as summarized information from internal MIS and DSS E.g. ESS that provides minute-to-minute view of firm s financial performance as measured by working capital, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash flow, and inventory.
39 Model of an Executive Support System This system pools data from diverse internal and external sources and makes them available to executives in an easy to use form.
40 Relationship of systems to one another TPS: Major source of data for other systems ESS: Recipient of data from lower-level systems Data may be exchanged between systems In reality, most businesses systems only loosely integrated Need Accuracy and Integration in Enterprise Wide
41 Interrelationships Among Systems The various types of systems in the organization have interdependencies. TPS are major producers of information that is required by many other systems in the firm, which, in turn, produce information for other systems. These different types of systems are loosely coupled in most business firms, but increasingly firms are using new technologies to integrate information that resides in many different systems.
42 Systems that Span the enterprise Enterprise applications Span functional areas Execute business processes across firm Include all levels of management Four major applications: Enterprise systems Supply chain management systems Customer relationship management systems Knowledge management systems
43 Enterprise Application Architecture Enterprise applications automate processes that span multiple business functions and organizational levels and may extend outside the organization.
44 Enterprise systems Collects data from different firm functions and stores data in single central data repository Resolves problem of fragmented, redundant data sets and systems Enterprise Resource Planning System(ERP) Enable: Coordination of daily activities Efficient response to customer orders (production, inventory) Provide valuable information for improving management decision making
45 Enterprise Systems/ERP Enterprise systems integrate the key business processes of an entire firm into a single software system that enables information to flow seamlessly throughout the organization. These systems focus primarily on internal processes but may include transactions with customers and vendors.
46 Supply Chain Management(SCM) Systems Manage firm s relationships with suppliers Share information about Orders, production, inventory levels, delivery of products and services Goal: Right amount of products to destination with least amount of time and lowest cost
47 Example of a Supply Chain Management System Customer orders, shipping notifications, optimized shipping plans, and other supply chain information flow among Haworth s Warehouse Management System (WMS), Transportation Management System (TMS), and its back end corporate systems.
48 Customer Relationship Management(CRM) Systems: Provide information to coordinate all of the business processes that deal with customers in sales, marketing, and service to optimize revenue, customer satisfaction, and customer retention. Integrate firm s customer related processes and consolidate customer information from multiple communication channels
49 Salesforce.com Executive Team Dashboard Some of the capabilities of salesforce.com, a market leading provider of on demand customer relationship management (CRM) software. CRM systems integrate information from sales, marketing, and customer service.
50 Knowledge Management Systems(KMS) Support processes for acquiring, creating, storing, distributing, applying, integrating knowledge Collect internal knowledge and link to external knowledge Include enterprise wide systems for: Managing documents, graphics and other digital knowledge objects Directories of employees with expertise
51 But. Investing in information technology does not guarantee good returns Considerable variation in the returns firms receive from systems investments Factors: Adopting the right business model Investing in complementary assets (organizational and management capital)
52 Variation in Returns on Information Technology Investment Although, on average, investments in information technology produce returns far above those returned by other investments, there is considerable variation across firms.
53 Complementary assets: Assets required to derive value from a primary investment. Firms supporting technology investments with investment in complementary assets receive superior returns. E.g.: invest in technology and the people to make it work properly.
54 Complementary assets include: Organizational investments, e.g. Appropriate business model Efficient business processes Managerial investments, e.g. Incentives for management innovation Teamwork and collaborative work environments Social investments, e.g. The Internet and telecommunications infrastructure Technology standards
55 Technical approach Emphasizes mathematically based models Computer science, management science, operations research Behavioral approach Behavioral issues (strategic business integration, implementation, etc.) Psychology, economics, sociology
56 Contemporary Approaches to Information Systems The study of information systems deals with issues and insights contributed from technical and behavioral disciplines.
57 Sociotechnical view Optimal organizational performance achieved by jointly optimizing both social and technical systems used in production Helps avoid purely technological approach
58 Information Networks/communications Intranets: Internal networks built with same tools and standards as Internet Used for internal distribution of information to employees Typically utilize private portal providing single point of access to several systems May connect to company s transaction systems
59 Extranets: Intranets extended to authorized users outside the company Expedite flow of information between firm and its suppliers and customers Can be used to allow different firms to collaborate on product design, marketing, and production
60 New Kinds of Business based on Information systems E-Business (Electronic business): Use of digital technology and Internet to execute major business processes in the enterprise Includes e-commerce (electronic commerce): Buying and selling of goods over Internet E-Government: The application of Internet and networking technologies to digitally enable government and public sector agencies relationships with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government
61 Systems for Collaborations and Teamwork Collaborations? is working others to achieve shared and explicit goals. Collaboration focus on task or mission accomplishment and usually takes place in a business or other organizations, or between business. Why collaboration and teamwork? Changing nature of work Growth of processional works Changing organization of the firm Changing scope of the firm Emphasis on innovation Improve Business Activity in Productivity, Quality, Innovation, Customer service, Financial Performance
62 Collaborations with Information Systems E mail and instant Message(IM) Social networking Wikis Virtual Worlds Internet based Collaboration Environments Virtual Meeting Systems(teleference tech.) Google Apps/Google Sites Microsoft Share Point Lotus Note,... Selecting Collaboration Software Tools Same time Same Place: Face to face Same time Diff Place: Remote interaction Diff time Same Place: Continuous task Diff time Diff Place: Communication and coordination
63 The information systems Function in Business Small firm may not have formal information systems group Larger companies typically have separate department which may be organized along one of several different lines: Decentralized (within each functional area) Separate department under central control Each division has separate group but all under central control
64 Organization of the Information Systems Function There are alternative ways of organizing the information systems function within the business: within each functional area (A), as a separate department under central control (B), or represented in each division of a large multidivisional company but under centralized control (C).
65 Organization of the Information Systems Function B: A separate department under central control
66 Organization of the Information Systems Function C: Represented in each division of a large multidivisional company but under centralized control
67 Experts in the Department Chief information officer(cio) Chief Security Officer(CSO) Chief privacy Officer(CPO) Chief Knowledge Officer(CKO) Information systems manager system analysts Programmer
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