Purdue University, School of IE, Fall 2009
IE 332 Computing in Industrial Engineering
Assignment No. 2 Solution Guidelines
Monday, September 14, 2009
* * * Note: These are guidelines for checking
full answers, these are NOT complete solutions.
Computing and Information Systems in Industrial Organizations
Ethics, Privacy, and Information Security
Organizational Information Systems
Product Design Using AutoCAD; CAD, CAM, CAE, and CIM
(1) Knowledge Questions (know the answers, but do not submit.)
For the case of Chevron Corp. (pp. 30-1), what were the problems caused by non-
integrated, non-purpose-aligned functional information systems? What are some of
the main engineering, economic, and social reasons for integration in this case? How
does computing enable this integration, allowing cost-effective information sharing?
Could it occur without computing? (Explain!)
Some problems caused by non-integrated, non-purpose-aligned functional information
systems are (1) needs to handle lots of function, such as exploration and production in
“upstream side” and refining, marketing, transportation and sales in the “downstream
side”. (2) handles lots of information transaction, eg. 1 million e-mail messages every
day and deal with data at 2 terabytes per day. (3) management wanted a stronger
business focus and stronger alignment between IT and business strategy
The main reasons for integration are to have higher profits and higher collaboration
between employees, business partners, and customers.
Chevron has standardized desktops, laptops, and operating systems, integrated
company’s network and standardized its servers, and employs SharePoint for
communication and collaboration.
What are the CBIS used in the case of CarMax (p. 34)?
What key advantage do they
Through the use of RFID technology, CarMax built an inventory control and tracking
system which allows the company and customers to locate a particular car, to know how
long it has been in inventory, how much interest there has been in test driving it and to
transfer it to a different location if necessary.
In addition, buyers can access the data to
These abilities aid in understanding the optimal combination of inventory
The access to information is what differentiates CarMax from its competitors.
can view the information nationwide in a non-threatening environment.
computers give customers access to the catalog of over 20,000 cars.
(Other examples can be given.)