FINAL_EXAM-Spring_09 - FINAL EXAM ITEC 630 Information...

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FINAL EXAM ITEC 630- Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design 1. This is an open-book individual examination. You may use other resources in addition to the textbook, such as other books, articles and the Web. You must, however, do your own work and you may not collaborate with your classmates or anyone else. 2. Questions should be answered in your own words, answering only what you are asked. Use quotation marks if not using your own words, and do not forget to cite full reference . Remember to show your work. 3. Answers will be evaluated on the following criteria: key content, logical flow, and clarity. 4. Post your answers (marked as "Final Exam" and with your name) to your Assignments Folder in WebTycho in a MS-Word, or MS-RTF, or PDF file. The exam is due 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time , Wednesday, April 22, 2009 .
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Problem I - (25 points) "You'll be happy to know that we made a strong case to management that we should hire a new systems analyst to specialize in ecommerce development," says Al Falfa, a systems analyst for the multi-outlet international chain of Marathon Vitamin Shops. He is meeting with his large team of systems analysts to decide on the qualifications that their new team member should possess. Al continues, saying, "In fact, they were so excited by the possibility of our team helping to move Marathon into an ecommerce strategy that they've said we should start our search now and not wait until the fall." Ginger Rute, another analyst, agrees, saying, "As long as the economy is healthy, the demand for Web site developers is far outstripping the supply. We should move quickly. I think our new person should be knowledgeable in CASE tools, Visual Basic, and JavaScript, just to name a few." Al looks surprised at Ginger's long list of languages, but then replies, "Well, that's certainly one way we could go. But I would also like to see a person with some business savvy. Most of the people coming out of school will have solid programming skills, but they should know about accounting, inventory, and distribution of goods and services, too." The newest member of the systems analysis group, Vita Minn, finally breaks into the discussion. She says, "One of the reasons I chose to come to work with all of you was that I thought we all got along quite well together. Because I had some other opportunities, I looked very carefully at what the atmosphere was here. From what I've seen, we're a friendly group. Let's be sure to hire someone who has a good personality and who fits in well with us." Al concurs, continuing, "Vita's right. The new person should be able to communicate well with us, and with business clients, too. We are always communicating in some way, through formal presentations, drawing diagrams, or interviewing users. If they understand decision making, it will make their job easier, too. Also, Marathon is interested in integrating ecommerce into the entire business. We need someone who at least grasps the strategic importance of the Web. Page design is such a small part of it." Ginger interjects again with a healthy dose of practicality; saying, "Leave that to management. I
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