Business Information Systems Research Project in Information Systems (IS4401) Contact Fergal Carton [email protected] 2011 / 2012 Contents • Outline objectives of this module • Introduce supervisors • Answer your questions Course objective • Undertake a research or development project on a topic in information systems or • to get involved in a substantial development project in a commercial environment Weekly project group meetings • • • Supervisor will be allocated to you Time / venue of weekly meeting to be decided with supervisor Dual purpose of meetings – – – • Project management (progress with deliverables) Communication (problems, issues, questions) Group is your “sounding board” Meetings are mandatory Deliverables Deliverable Mark Preliminary Proposal Date mid-October 2011 Project Plan 10% end October 2011 System prototype 20% December 2011 Interim Report & Prototype 10% December 2011 Final Report & Comms diary 15% end February 2012 System 40% end February 2012 System demonstration Innovative Systems Exhibition 2012 early March 2012 5% early March 2011 Ideas from where? • Where information volume is an issue • Where speed of transacting / communicating is an issue • Where automation of a process is an issue • Where information security is an issue • Where duplication of information is an issue Ideas from where? • • • • Delivery technologies (broadband, GSM, …) Content technologies (XBRL, GIS, …) Applications (mobility, productivity, …) Listening to people in business – – – – – – Customers Products Suppliers Inventory Production capacity … Tips on project ideas • • • • • • Ideas from placement? Something you’re interested in … Real business requirements Think of benefits What is the Unique Selling Point (USP)? Can it be done in the timescale? Proposal guideline • Objective : aim of the project • Project client, name of company if relevant • Requirements : describe problem domain / business need • Scope of project proposed : what it does / doesn’t cover • Benefits for users : speed, efficiency, control, quality, ... • Technical specification: – – – • Data requirements (eg. Customers, products, ...) Interface requirements (does system need to talk to other systems) Technologies used (hardware, software) Proposed timeframe When doing a project for a company • • • • • Make sure the requirements are clear Set-up a reliable communication channel Client feedback on system is vital Ensure that the final handover is clean You must be able to demo the system here!