F- Information Systems for Managers

Instructions: All Questions carry equal marks. All Questions are compulsory All answers to be explained in not more than 1000 words for question 1 and 2 and forquestion 3 in not more than 500 words for each subsection. Use relevant examples,illustrations as far as possible. All answers to be written individually. Discussion and group work is not advisable. Students are free to refer to any books/reference material/website/internet for attemptingtheir assignments, but are not allowed to copy the matter as it is from the source ofreference. Students should write the assignment in their own words. Copying of assignments fromother students is not allowed Students should follow the following parameter for answering the assignment questionsFor Theoretical AnswerAssessment Parameter WeightageIntroduction 20%Concepts and Applicationrelated to the question60%Conclusion 20%For Numerical AnswerAssessment Parameter WeightageUnderstanding and usageof the formula20%Procedure / Steps 50%Correct Answer &Interpretation30%1. Suthar Timber Merchants in Patiala, India, features a large selection of building supplies,including timber, fencing and decking, moldings, hardwood flooring, sheet materials,windows, doors, ironmongery, and other materials. The prices of building materials areconstantly changing. When a customer asks about the price on fixtures, fittings, hangings,and other items, sales representatives consult a manual price sheet and then call thesupplier for the most recent price. The supplier in turn uses a manual price sheet, which has been updated each day. Often, the supplier must call back Suthar’s sales reps becausethe company does not have the newest pricing information immediately on hand. Assesshow the use of ERP systems/ softwares can help the business improve their situation.Identify the cons of implementing the ERP solution/ software solution for Suthar TimberMerchants do to avoid a failure in the implementation.(10 Marks)2. Individuals now have unlimited access to health information and, as a result, they havebecome actively involved in improving their ealth. There are now close to 700,000 healthapps that monitor a variety of health data – heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns,calories intake, physical activity, blood glucose, cholesterol levels, and several otherparameters. This self-monitoring information is set to increase, get more accurate, andtransform how healthcare will be delivered to the people. Cloud computing comes to theforefront here as it helps with storage of private and confidential patient data. It enableshealthcare professionals and citizens/patients to access their data at any time and place.Health organizations use cloud computing to reduce costs, simplify management, andimprove services in a safe and secure manner. Clinicians can be more flexible in theirwork as they are not confined to their office to access patients’ health records. Healthcareprofessionals can also exchange information about a patient with their colleagues at otherlocations to inform or negotiate about possible medical options. Cloud services availableto health and life science organizations today extend well beyond email andcommunications, meetings and collaboration. Hospitals and physicians are starting to seecloud-based medical records and medical image archiving services. The objective is tooffload a burdensome task from hospital IT departments and allow them to focus onsupporting other imperatives such as EMR adoption and improved clinical supportsystems. What are the advantages of adopting cloud computing in hospitals? Canintroducing mobile devices for doctors in hospitals help? If so, how? (10 Marks)3. The concept of the “smart city” has recently been introduced as a strategic device toencompass modern urban production factors in a common framework and, in particular,to highlight the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) inthe last 20 years for enhancing the competitive profile of a city. The demand for smartcities has increased in recent years.a. In order to meet the demand of a smart city project in a country like India, with the helpof any smart city project, describe some of the key elements for such smart cities.(5 Marks)b. Mention the importance of smart cities and challenges in managing smart cities.(5 Marks)

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