CIS319 - Riordan Final Analysis Whitepaper - LT C (V4)

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Riordan Manufacturing SDLC Implementation 1 Riordan Manufacturing SDLC Implementation Dustin Howard, Scott McLaurin, Patricia Harrimon CIS 319 - Computers and Information Processing Dele Adeogun June 4, 2005
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Network Infrastructure Systems Infrastructure Database Application Users\Computers The Foundation of Information Technology
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Riordan Manufacturing SDLC Implementation Overview Riordan Manufacturing was founded by Dr. Michael Riordan. It is a leader in the field of plastic injection molding. The company has facilities in San Jose, California, which is the corporate headquarters, Albany, Georgia, Pontiac, Michigan and Hang Zhou, China. Riordan Manufacturing is owned by Riordan Industries, a Fortune 1000 enterprise. Some products manufactured at Riordan include plastic bottles, fans, heart valves, medical stints, and custom plastic parts. The company currently employs over 550 people with projected annual earnings of $46 million. Riordan's major customers are automotive parts manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, Department of Defense, beverage makers and bottlers, and appliance manufacturers. At first glance, the company appears to be on the leading edge of the business. After further investigation, it appears that the company is in a slow decline. Over the last three years, from 2002 to 2004, the employee satisfaction surveys have indicated a less than desirable workplace. From a technology standpoint, the four geographic locations are not on consistent and standardized in their technologies. Implementation of a system that will meet the business critical requirements is the focus of this implementation. However, the most important aspect of any implementation is in quality assurance evaluation processes that ensure the scope of the implementation meets the requirements of the business. This document is the implementation and evaluation of the Finance and Accounting Program (FAAP).
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Goals The goals of this project are to: Create a centralized application of all company finance and accounting data Increase technology capabilities of Riordan Manufacturing so users can take best advantage of the new application Lower the time to close monthly books to 10 days or less Problem There are many problems in the Riordan business environment. Riordan is a growing business, and as the company grows in sales and revenue, so, too, do the costs of doing business increase. Payroll, marketing, and other expenses all will increase commiserate with the growth of the company. Additionally, business processes will become far more complex and difficult, resulting in many different problems manifested as or solvable by Information technology. While there are many problems in the Riordan business environment, the inability to quickly and accurately consolidate finance and accounting information from each of Riordan’s four locations stands out as the most impacting. However, this problem is not limited to only the variety of accounting packages used; it is larger than that. Obviously,
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