Riordan Manufacturing Service Request Paper

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Organizations that maintain a competitive edge recognize the role information systems play in achieving business goals. Careful planning must take place to ensure the information systems' goals are in line with the business goals. Once the goals have been articulated, IS departments call upon outside consulting firms to formulate a plan that may involve modifying the current system or a complete overhaul of the system. The following paper will make use of the systems development life cycle to explain how DRDAN Consulting firm will work with Riordan Manufacturing Company to realize the company's goals.

History of Riordan ManufacturingRiordan Manufacturing is an industry leader in the competitive field of plastic injection moldings. The company creates unique and innovative plastic designs that have earned both domestic and international acclaim. The company was founded in 1991 by Dr. Riordan, who is a professor of chemistry. Dr. Riordan had obtained several patents relative to processing polymers into high tensile strength plastic substrates.

Some of the cross-section of products includes plastic bottles, fans, heart valves, medical stents, and custom plastic parts. Today, Riordan Manufacturing is a global plastics manufacturer based out of San Jose California, with manufacturing facilities in San Jose, Albany, Georgia, Michigan, and China. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary, owned by Riordan Industries, a Fortune 1000 enterprise with revenues that exceed $1 billion. Riordan's clients include: automotive parts manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, the Department of Defense, beverage makers, bottlers, and appliance manufacturers (Apollo Group I. , 2004).

Executive SummaryRiordan's teams of engineers and managers have received an increased fiscal year budget to accompany them in fulfilling certain aspects of driving the business forward. The forecast is unsure for any organization however, Riordan has implemented a strategic set of plans to heighten their probabilities and secure their relationships with their stakeholders. Riordan...