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Introduction To Approach section, Terms of Reference (slide 8)

The Introduction To Approach section of the Terms of Reference for the Acme Fashion case study, s8
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This piece of work will be carried out following a version of the Feasibility Study approach, as formally defined in the Structured Systems Analysis and Design method, but tailored by the business analysis workstream to the specifics of this project.

The feasibility study will be carried out at a sufficiently high level, in line with the need to deliver maximum benefits quickly via a phased approach, but also at a low enough level to ensure nothing significant is missed.

When doing any formal analysis at a high level, it is usually best to go to to one more level of detail (but still using a broad brush) and summarise evething up a level.

That way you reduce by a long way the risk of missing something major.

The objectives of the study are:

  • To document at a high level the current business processes and data used
  • To document any issues identified with the current as-is business system
  • To document at a high level the requirements of a refined set of business processes and supporting IT system(s)
  • To determine the phases and their sequence of development / implementation to deliver maximum benefits in the minimum of time, whilst having minimum effect on staff achieving current sales targets.
  • To identify major dependencies between the defined phases
  • To identify possible synergies that could be achieved if an appropriate company website were available and with staff having internet access
  • To challenge the perceived benefits of:
    • Increased productivity through efficiency improvements, leading to..
    • ..ability of operations to handle higher sales volume without staff cost increases
    • Reduction in consumables and printing costs
    • Improved stock control, leading to reduction in stock holding / working capital

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