Systems Development, Life Cycle, global demand, operations efficiency
Over the years, the global demand for operations efficiency and effectiveness during service delivery has seen most corporate leaders prioritize reviewing their strategic tactics to keep up with the dynamic environment. Ordinarily, most organizational cultures emphasize sticking to the practices that yield comparative advantage for the company in the unforgiving global competition. However, the volatile environment is denying such practices to hold any
relevance to their operations.
Integrating technological advancements in the organization's operations has generated multiple solutions applicable to overcome present challenges. Similarly, competitors have incorporated the advancements to bridge existing comparative advantages, subjecting the company operations to a declining trend. In the contrary, the global enterprises are increasingly incorporating new systems founded on technological capabilities to exploit new opportunities while refining their operations to foster efficiency. The information era, has significantly revolutionized consumer preferences to increasing complexity and upgraded their demand for excellence services warranting the integration of new systems with robust
capabilities to withstand the expected quality and magnitude.
[...] Subsequently, outsourcing the development services from a company with deep expertise and exposure to the technologies incorporated in the company would best suit RR Donnelley. Consequently, selection of the 7 Avanade encountered no difficulties owing to its close relationship with Microsoft and deep experience and technical expertise with SharePoint technologies (Giovanetti 2008, 3). Furthermore, previous collaboration tools from SharePoint technologies were worth their value to the company operations. Phase System Analysis At this stage the company strategic team re-examined the business requirements to erect a guiding boundary of the system development to ensure no goals were overlooked in the new system. [...]
[...] The steering committee noted that a front-end system would automate the request process, streamline SDLC and enable users to collaborate on project activities (Giovanetti 2008, 3). Compatibility factor was the major concern since the company had rolled into huge technology investments in Microsoft technologies and SharePoint technologies. Similarly, the preliminary feasibility study revealed that an in-house development of the system development of the new system would not be viable given the strain in the expertise of the IT internal team. Further, they would be preoccupied with running the company affairs through the existing systems to ensure the going concern of organization operations. [...]
[...] What Initiates a System Development Project? In the modern era of the informed consumer, improving service delivery is vital to guarantee inculcating a reputable culture in the competitive market by replacing the invalid strategies that no longer yield the required benefits. In practice, the company initiates a system development project aiming to solve a defect in the existing system, improving the information system and modifying the existing system to incorporate new features (Shelly and Vermaat 626). The reason for the project request emerged from a series of business challenges which the two systems could not solve owing to their insufficient functioning. [...]
[...] This offers continuous audit trails to facilitate compliance with the standardized methodologies while sustaining a project site in which the guarantees members access calendars, tasks, announcements, and web parts bringing the entire workflow into a single centralized location (Giovanetti 2008, 4). During the system testing the offshore developers were of great assistance in facilitating the internal team interacts with the capabilities of the new system, differently from the usual decentralized system. For example, the 10 Custom Point configurable set features enable clients to provide their user maximum flexibility within an organization given its responsive abilities to multiple business units such as procurement, marketing and human resources (RR Donnelley 2009, 2). [...]
[...] This supplemented Economic Value Sourced technic applied to determine the capital outlay comparison and the opportunity cost of preferring the Avanade system rather than other alternative applications (Mead, et al 8). Similarly, the cost-benefit analysis was incorporated to determine the impact of the system to the present printing operations and related services. Predominantly, the steering committee identified that a pilot program would be launched with collaborative support from Avanade to ensure a smooth transition and easy adoption (Giovanetti 2008, 3). In addition, due to the increasing inefficiency of the existing systems, the pilot program would be installed in the beginning of September 2007. [...]
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