Planning the Needs of Other Organizations

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Planning the Needs of Other Organizations

Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) are databases used for keeping track of essential personnel data within organizations. They can be designed and customized to fit the needs of various companies in many different industries (Tatum, 2011). The primary purpose of an HRIS is to make the management of employees more efficient. The HRIS System can be used to identify and track job applicants and maintain status on current employees. All stages of an employee’s life cycle from initial hire to retirement can be automated and tracked within an HRIS System (Tatum, 2011). One of the best features of an HRIS System is how easily it can be customized. It can be expanded by adding additional
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The third factor that they should have considered was project control and monitoring. This element involves having a written plan, following timelines, and communicating progress. It is vital to have a strong project team or steering committee (Kavanagh & Thite, 2009, p.167).
Benefast Partners set out to merely make improvements to their current system by focusing on expanding the purchased system they already had in order to save revenue. They did not fully consider the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) which should be used as a structured guide to steer organizations as they update existing systems or create new ones (Dr. Golabek, WK 3, Lecture Notes). The SDLC is the set of steps involving the formal design of an information processing system. The steps involved are planning, analysis, design, implementation and maintenance. The planning phase of the SDLC includes both long-range or strategic planning and short-range operational planning. It is during the analysis phase that current capabilities are documented, new needs are identified, and overall scope is identified. In the design or development phase, the detailed specifications are laid out. Implementation takes place when the HRIS system is built, tested, and rolled out. It is here that old system is terminated. The final phase is maintenance which is often overlooked or forgotten. Maintenance can be corrective adaptive, perfective and even preventative. The primary function of the