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Create two alternative design strategies for a new system that has been proposed.

The owner of two ice-cream parlors wants to computerize and integrate sales transactions and inventory management within each parlor and between both parlors. The systems at each parlor should be connected to each other so that the owner can determine the inventory levels for each parlor and for both parlors combined. The owner can allocate $60,000 for hardware and $30,000 for software. The owner's requirements are that each system should be fast and easy to use, should require minimal training, and should be operational within 4 months from project initiation.

Describe two alternative design strategies, and explain how each would meet the owner's requirements. What are the constraints in this situation?

Write your answers in 3"4 pages in a Word document.

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Electronic commerce is related with buying and selling of information, products and services with the use of computer networks mainly through internet (Wen, Chen and Hwang 2001). E-commerce provides new ways of doing business to companies. The main objective of companies behind using E-commerce is that it helps in finding global customers, trading partners to conduct businesses and also to create an effective advertising of products and services. This paper discusses about two alternative design strategies to computerize and to integrate sales transactions and inventory management within each ice-cream parlor and between both parlors.

Alternative Design Strategies
There are three distinctive strategies to effectively design E-commerce in businesses that are presented by successful e-players. Two alternative design strategies for ice-cream parlor are as below:
Process Redesign:
First alternative design strategy for Ice-cream parlor is to process redesign. In this strategy, ice-cream parlor will re-design their overall business process in order to attain competitive advantage over competitors, to provide better customer services and an effective bundle of product or services. To implement this strategy in an effective manner, it is important that a company understand about the economies of an industry. With the help of this strategy, companies can eliminate those processes from regular business cycles that are unproductive for them and can attain lower cost position in the industry (Fazlollahi 2002).

To computerized sales within each parlor and between both parlors, both parlors redesign their sales processes by developing a virtual market place for distributions, so that they can purchase directly from their suppliers (Yang 2006). It will help both ice-cream parlors to reduce their cost of sales as well as their cost of purchase. Use of E-commerce for managing both sales system and inventory management will help both ice-cream parlors to manage their transportation and carrying costs associated with these transactions that further help in improving ...

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