Analyze user needs to develop a requirements document including a feasibility study.
GEL-1.02: Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English.
You as the Systems Analyst have practiced analyzing business cases and will now produce documentation that may lead to a viable project. You will also be asked to start the process of transforming those business requirements into more detailed system requirements, describe what the new system must do to provide the needed value to the business.
This assignment is considered a “Business Case.” An outline is provided to help get you started. You can search online and refer to Chapter 1 for additional details and appropriate ROI formulas or costs. You may create additional details or constraints to define your work.
Review the scenario presented. You will be as asked to analyze the situation, develop a proposed system solution, perform an analysis based on the information presented, and develop a method to gather more information to validate your requirements.
Assignment Instructions and Requirements
Mystic Brewery is a local start-up company formed by two brothers and partners, Jake and Pete. Each has their own brewing equipment and they have recently purchased a small building that was once a car sales/body shop to combine their previous disparate businesses into one microbrewery. They have converted part of the back-mechanic area into a brewing station and the front sales and reception desk into a small taproom. There is no food service. There is ample space inside that can be used for expanded capacity or growth. The space includes access to a fenced back car lot accessible by garage doors that they hope to convert into an outdoor entertainment area.
Each brother has previously worked inventory, sales, and costs on his own. They have different styles and personalities. Jake likes experimental and higher ABV beers and has invested in a small capacity canning line hoping to expand their capacity to distribute to local restaurants.
Pete is more practical and down to earth, preferring a classic American lager; he’s recently invested in a meat smoker and hopes to expand the back-car lot to include family friendly entertainment…potentially with food service. Pete thinks that the company would benefit from growlers and refills of their beers.
They currently have no Internet connection. There are two computers with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office. Emails have been accessed via cell phone. Inventory and sales receipts are hand-written on old-fashioned paper forms with carbon copy, and the data is entered later into an Excel file on one of the computers in each store every night. At the end of every night, the Excel file is copied onto a flash drive and transferred to the second store computer as backup.
They need a real database, updated operating systems, inventory and supply tracking, and potentially a Point of Sale/credit card processing system. There is currently no web or social media presence. All business has been generated through word of mouth and previous clients.
What they do have is a high-quality beer and a passion for growth.
Keep in mind that your clients are not particularly technically minded; avoid highly technical jargon and be direct with all statements and questions.