Reflect on the following in a minimum of 500 words each. (4 x 500 = 2000 Words) Complete your reflections by responding to all prompts.

1. CRM, SCM, and ERP in Start-Ups

Reflect on the following questions. Demonstrate your understanding of the concepts, as well as how these concepts will affect your thinking and practice in the future.

  • How can an SCM add value to an organization?
  • Are there cost-effective SCM solutions for small      businesses?
  • How would a small-business, large business with      operations within a small part of one country, and a large international      business have different needs for an SCM?
  • How has globalization over the last 30 years impacted      the use and value of SCM? 

2. Customer Relationships

Reflect on the following questions. Demonstrate your understanding of the concepts, as well as how these concepts will affect your thinking and practice in the future.

Compare SCM and CRM from an IT manager’s perspective:

  • What problems do SCMs solve for an IT department and      for a business? What problems do they create for an IT department?
  • What problems do CRMs solve for an IT department and      for a business? What problems do they create for an IT department?
  • How do SCMs and CRMs impact a business and its IT      operations differently?
  • Is an IT manager’s involvement in the setup of SCMs and      CRMs different? Is it different for day-to-day management of the two      software tools?

3. Integrating SCM, CRM, and ERP

Reflect on the following questions. Demonstrate your understanding of the concepts, as well as how these concepts will affect your thinking and practice in the future.

Find and research an example of a company that started to integrate an ERP, but stopped or stopped using it after a short period of time.

  • Why would an organization need to integrate an ERP? Why      did the specific organization in your example want to integrate an ERP?
  • Provide a summary of the example you researched.
  • What risks did you identify in your example? Which      risks are related to the IT department?
  • Who was at fault in your example?
  • What advice would you provide a company that is trying      to decide if implementing an ERP is right for its organization?

4. Tapping Online Service Providers 

Demonstrate your understanding of the concepts, as well as how these concepts will affect your thinking and practice in the future, by reflecting on the following questions:

  • Why are SCM, CRM, and ERP targets of hackers?
  • What are examples of decisions that need to be made      during the integration of SCM, CRM, and ERP that directly impact the      security of the data they hold?
  • What responsibility does a retail store have in      protecting data in its SCM, CRM, and ERP solutions?
  • What are some best practices for securing data in SCM,      CRM, and ERP solutions?

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