Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to develop your skills in (1)
identifying ERP and profitability issues relevant in today’s business
climate, involved in the planning and
profitability of their information systems, (2) developing an the idea into a
manuscript, (3) presenting the results of your efforts in oral and written
Required: Identify a topic related to profitability
analysis and ERP systems that is relevant to today’s business environment,
and develop the topic into a manuscript suitable for publication in a
nationally distributed journal or magazine for a professional audience, and
present the results of your efforts to the class.
Reading current business periodicals such as the Wall
street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Business Week, etc.
will help you identify topics that are interesting, relevant, and
timely. Reading recent issues of
publications such as IS Audit & Control Journal, Computer Security
Journal, EDPACS, Journal of Systems Management, Management Accounting, Journal
of Accountancy, CPA Journal, Internal Auditor, Journal of Cost Management and
Strategic Finance will help you decide a topic that is interesting to you. You can also access the following website
of the IIA to view their numerous emerging issues topics (left hand side
bottom of screen “forum column index” and toggle to emerging issues). Their website is: http://www.theiia.org/itaudit/
The length of the manuscript is to be 10 to 15 pages of
text, typed and double-spaced (excluding appendices, figures, table, and
other materials). Preparation
guidelines for the manuscript should follow the APA format.
general topic areas to consider are:
Improving business processes and business process controls.
Using technology to improve audit quality and efficiency.
Using technology to add analysis to support executive decision making.
Ensuring proper controls in a distributed computing environment.
Leveraging new technology (EDI, image processing, workflow and process
automation, communications technologies) to increase profitability for an
Using quick response as a strategy for improving inventory movement
with automatic identification of materials and products (e.g. bar coding).
Earned Value concepts and analysis.
Comparative Analysis of BPC, Hyperion and other consolidation
An extension of any of the material covered each week.