Final paper | INF 220 IS Principles | Ashford University

Final Project – IT System Recommendation

For the Final Project, you are asked to write an eight-to ten-page research report (typed, double-spaced) in which you describe a company of your choice, the nature of its business, a specific product or service, and how that product or service is produced and distributed by the company and then recommend the information technology system you think should be in place and why. Address the following questions in narrative form (according to APA style). Be sure to provide examples and supporting rationale throughout the paper.

Company Background and Information Systems

  • What is the name, nature of business, and specific products or services of your chosen organization?
  • How are the products or services produced and distributed by the company?
  • Why are information systems essential in managing the organization’s business?
  • Describe the existing information systems supporting the major business functions of the organization (e.g., sales and marketing, manufacturing and production, accounting, human resources, etc.)

Information Technology Recommendation

  • What is your recommendation for the information technology systems you think should be in place and why? Your recommendation should include the following:
    • Information needs:
      • What types of decisions do users need to make by accessing the information systems?
      • What are the different levels of information groups?
    • Need for system automation
    • Benefits of the proposed system (savings, quality improvements, faster processing, etc.)
    • Types of database data elements (data, images, photographs, sound, video, etc.)
    • Networking and interactive processing
    • Centralization versus decentralization
    • End-user computing needs
    • Your recommendation to develop or acquire the system software

Potential Security Threats

  • Describe the various threats and security threats to the proposed information system. What security controls are required to address the threats?

Social, Political, and Diversity Impacts

  • Summarize the social and political issues raised by the proposed information system.
  • Discuss the impact of diversity to the development and management of the proposed information system.

Conclusion

References

The Final Project – IT System Recommendation

  • Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Resources

Multimedia

Ivy, K. (Director & Producer). (2015). INF220 Week Five information systems – Security, ethical, and social impacts part one (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from http://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/INF220+Week+Five+Information+Systems+-+Security%2C+Ethical%2C+and+Social+Impacts+Part+One/0_kof13iex 

  • The INF220 subject matter expert discusses real-world industry experiences relating to the strategic use of information systems in the organization. This week’s part one of two video focuses on the security, ethical, and social impacts of information systems.
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Ivy, K. (Director & Producer). (2015). INF220 Week Five information systems – Security, ethical, and social impacts part two (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from http://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/INF220+Week+Five+Information+Systems+-+Security%2C+Ethical%2C+and+Social+Impacts+Part+Two/0_w4tpdnky 

  • The INF220 subject matter expert discusses real-world industry experiences relating to the strategic use of information systems in the organization. This week’s part two of two video focuses on the security, ethical, and social impacts of information systems.
  • Privacy Policy (Links to an external site.)

Recommended Resources

Articles

Johnson, S. (n.d.). What globalization means for diversity and inclusion efforts (Links to an external site.). Profiles in Diversity Journal. Retrieved from http://www.diversityjournal.com/

  • The article discusses the changing face of organizations due to globalization and the need for organizations to understand differences between countries as well as the internal diversity of each country. In order to transform a business environment, inclusion practices must be imbedded into an organization’s bottom line and throughout its culture. This is critical when developing information systems in global organizations.

Leal, G. C. L., Huzita, E. H. M., & Tait, T. F. C. (2012). Globalization and socio-technical aspects of information systems development (Links to an external site.). In C. Kalloniatis (Ed.), Innovative Information Systems Modelling Techniques (pp. 99-122).doi:10.5772/36867

  • This article discusses the impact of globalization and socio-technical aspects on the development of information systems.

Multimedia

TED. (2014, Jun 10). Hackers: The Internet’s immune system | Keren Elazari | TED talks (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erCAp_Bd0AQ 

  • According to cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, the beauty of hackers is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.
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