AIS Recommendation


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BeGood Baking Supply is a small bakery supply company formed as a  closely held corporation. The company supplies raw baking materials,  paper goods, and equipment to restaurants and bakeries in three states  in the upper mid-west. Most of its business, however, is located in a  large metropolitan area. BeGood wants to increase its presence in the  region and serve five states. In fact, the owners of BeGood would like  75% of their business to come from throughout the region rather than the  current metropolitan area. In order to do this, the owners understand  they must diversify offerings and lines of business.
Currently, BeGood has a phone center where customer orders are taken;  these orders are then sent to shipping where the order is filled in its  large warehouse and shipped within four days. BeGood outsources its  shipping to a local trucking company. Once the order ships, all  paperwork goes to the accounting department where it is entered into the  accounting system. BeGood still uses the same accounting system it has  used since the inception of the company. All aging of receivables and  other analysis is done using Excel spreadsheets. Purchasing and tracking  of inventory are done solely by the warehouse manager. Invoices for  inventory purchasing are sent to the accounting department when goods  are received.
The owners at BeGood are wondering how they can utilize an online  presence and further automate its systems in order to facilitate its  growth and diversify its business. The owners may also like to expand  into the retail business.
You have been hired as a full-time staff accountant at BeGood Baking  Supply and have been given the task of evaluating and recommending a  viable accounting information system for the accounting and financial  data of BeGood in order to facilitate expansion and diversification. As  you begin your research, you realize that many departments are involved  in the information system, and communication is key.
BeGood Baking Supply is considering adding an automated ordering  module to their current AIS system. As the accountant pushing for this  change, you are in charge of the analysis and presentation of the  information and recommendation for the new system. In performing the  analysis for your presentation, you have identified two possible modules  that will fill the needs of the company. Both modules return a positive  NPV.

Module Vendor                 A              B   
Useful Life                     5 years   5 years   
Acquisition Cost            300,000  250,000   
Yearly Operating Costs 95,000    100,000  
Yearly Benefits              205,000  150,000   
Cost of Capital                 10%       10%   
Payback                       1.5 years  2.5 years     

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Your task is to present to management a proposal outlining your  analysis and recommendation of which system to purchase. Write a  proposal to management outlining the decision-making process and the  system you recommend. Include in your proposal:

The steps necessary in evaluating and recommending an AIS module.  Note: these are the steps you would take to educate yourself on the  need for a new model, the options available, and the choice of the best  module.
List of needs BeGood has with respect to this automated ordering module. Include present needs as well growth needs
List of criteria you used in choosing a module. Include financial  criteria, expansion and growth criteria, and current needs. Be sure to  address internal control and audit needs.

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