“Planning to buy” or “Buying to plan”

  1. From the reading material, briefly provide an example of a decision that IT should not make?
  2. What are the three key resources to a Management Information Systems?
  3. What is “fuzzy” about a fuzzy logic system?
  4. If the bullwhip effect can be overcome, what manufacturing method allows components to arrive as they are needed without first stocking them, and finished goods to be shipped without first storing them?
  5. Briefly explain why a neural network is not an effective business decision tool?
  6. Briefly identify an inter-model channel that may be required to move a product from source to destination?
  7. Which main business process and its related enterprise application would be involved with a large influx of phone calls related to customer complaints of a recently-released product?
  8. Recall the ERPsim distribution game. Your company wants to now sell Muesli.  This cereal is comprised of oats, nuts, and dried fruit, which are purchased from separate vendors.  Your company sells this Muesli to grocery stores (ie. not distribution centers) in the three regions in the German market. Given this information, identify and briefly explain how one report (other than your financial report) will be different from the Water Game?
  9. Recall the ERPsim distribution game. Your company wants to now sell Muesli.  This cereal is comprised of oats, nuts, and dried fruit, which are purchased from separate vendors.  Your company sells this Muesli to grocery stores (ie. not distribution centers) in the three regions in the German market. Given this information, which value should you keep under careful observation in your Financial Report?
  10. Identify and briefly explain the aspect of an enterprise application that prevents a warehouse worker to purchase (ie. procure) a product?
  11. EcoEnergy manufactures two types of commercial batteries (SlimServe and PlotPower) especially suited for exterior mounting in extreme temperature climates. Because power distribution is not as reliable in rural regions, EcoEnergy’s batteries have been especially popular in central Canada.  The time is right to make the most of its manufacturing using its current resources.  The first type of exterior battery, the SlimServe, requires 200 kg of graphite, 300 kg of lithium oxide, 15 liters of coolant, and 50 custom circuit boards.  The second type of battery, the PlotPower, requires 500 kg of graphite, 700 kg of lithium oxides, 25 liters of coolant, and 80 custom circuit boards.  Under current market conditions, EcoEnergy can sell the SlimServe for $5,000/ea and the PlotPower for $7,500/ea.  EcoEnergy only has 17000 kg of graphite, 20000 kg of lithium oxides, 800 liters of coolant, and 1500 custom circuit boards. The prices of resources are the same for both batteries.

 

  1. Recall LP Model approach; No computer work is necessary here (eg. Excel formulas, Solver). Identify the detail necessary in order to convey understanding.

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