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1 IS465: Adv. Info. Sys. Problem Solving Min Song Information Systems Dept.

2 What is a “Problem?” How do people approach and solve problems? What are the major obstacles to problem solving?

3 Preparation The problem has already been identified. Now try to “understand” it. –well-defined to ill-defined, depending on nature of problem and perceived info requirements

4 Kinds of Problems Arrangement –rearrange or recombine elements to satisfy criterion –anagrams, jigsaws Inducing structure –identify the relationship among elements, construct a new relationship –“what comes next in the series...” Transformation –use methods to get from current state to goal state –Tower of Hanoi

5 Missionaries&Cannibals “Five missionaries and five cannibals are initially on the left bank of a river, with a rowboat having a maximum capacity of three persons. The task is to find a sequence of crossings that will leave all ten persons on the right bank. No missionaries may ever be left with a larger number of cannibals (on either bank or in the boat), for the cannibals would overpower and eat the missionaries).”

6 Missionaries & Cannibals What kind of problem is this? What is the solution? –as you work it out, either “think out loud” (make an audio recording of your verbalization) or “think in writing” (take notes on the various options/steps you consider).

7 A Solution for Missionaries & Cannibals

8 A New Ordering System for Girl Scout Cookie s Problem: Inefficient manual procedures, high error rate. Solutions: Eliminate manual procedures, design new ordering process, and implement database building software to batch and track orders automatically and schedule order pickups. QuickBase for Corporate Workgroups software service increased efficiency and reduced errors. Demonstrates IT’s role in updating traditional business processes. Illustrates digital technology as the focus of designing and building new information systems.

9 Interactive Session: Girl Scout Cookies A New Ordering System for Girl Scout Cookies Think of a time when you were charged with the task of selling a product How did you keep track of your orders? How did you keep track of your inventory? What were some of the weaknesses of your methods? How could information systems have improved your transaction and supply chain processes?

10 Problem Solving and Systems Development New information systems are built as solutions to problems Four steps to building an information system Define and understand the problem Develop alternative solutions Choose the best solution Implement the solution The first three steps are called systems analysis

11 Developing an information system solution is based on the problem-solving process. Problem Solving and Systems Development Developing an Information System Solution

12 Defining and Understanding the Problem What caused the problem? Why does it persist? Why hasn’t it been solved? What are the objectives of a solution? Information requirements Problem Solving and Systems Development

13 Developing Alternative Solutions Paths to a solution determined by systems analysis Some solutions do not require an information system Some solutions require modification of existing systems Some solutions require new systems

14 Evaluating and Choosing Solutions Feasibility issues Costs and benefits Advantages and disadvantages Business value of systems Change management Problem Solving and Systems Development

15 Implementing the Solution Systems design Completing implementation Hardware selection and acquisition Software development and programming Testing Training and documentation Conversion Production and maintenance Managing the change Problem Solving and Systems Development

16 Interactive Session: Problem Solving Problem Solving and Systems Development Think of a problem you recently attempted to solve How did you define the problem? What solutions were available to you? Which solution did you choose? Why? How did you implement the solution? What changes resulted from implementing the solution? How did you manage these changes?

17 Making the Business Case for a New System Understanding the Business Value of Systems and Managing Change Financial issues Tangible benefits Intangible benefits Capital budgeting methods Nonfinancial issues Strategic advantages Information systems plan Portfolio analysis Scoring model

18 Companies should examine their portfolio of projects in terms of potential benefits and likely risks. Certain kinds of projects should be avoided altogether and others developed rapidly. There is no ideal mix. Companies in different industries have different information systems needs. A System Portfolio Understanding the Business Value of Systems and Managing Change

19 New System Challenges User interface design Costs to implement or run User involvement and influence User-designer communications gap Management support and commitment Level of complexity and risk Quality of project management Understanding the Business Value of Systems and Managing Change

20 Managing Change Successfully Outsourcing and external consultants Formal planning and control tools User education and training Ergonomics Organizational impact analysis Understanding the Business Value of Systems and Managing Change

21 Purchasing Solutions: Application Software Packages and Outsourcing Request for Proposal (RFP) Application software packages Generalized systems for universal functions with standard processes Customization Outsourcing Application service providers (ASPs) Offshore outsourcing Alternative Systems-Building Approaches

22 Rapid Application Development for E-Business Agility and scalability Rapid application development (RAD) Creating workable systems in a very short period of time Joint application design (JAD) End users and information systems specialists working together on design Alternative Systems-Building Approaches

23 Structured methodologies Data flow diagram Process specifications Structure chart Object-oriented development Based on concepts of class and inheritance Component-based development and Web services Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) Modeling and Designing Systems: Structured and Object-Oriented Methodologies

24 This figure illustrates how classes inherit the common features of their superclass. Class and Inheritance Modeling and Designing Systems: Structured and Object-Oriented Methodologies


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