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Maximum word count: 3000 words
Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction in grade by the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.
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You have been engaged as a MIS consultant for the following organisation. Walmart is the largest retail company in the United States . Currently Walmart operates over 4,700 retail facilities globally (Walmart Inc., 2020) with revenues of more than 510 Billlion U.S. Dollars (according to the Fortune 500 index). Recently, Amazon implemented a new innovative strategy called ‘Amazon Go’ convenient stores, where customers can simply pick up items and walk out of the store without checking on a cashier. In the same vein, Walmart is currently looking for counter-strategies in order to increase their e-commerce shares.
For the specified focal organisation (Walmart), you should contact your own research in order to provide a report to the board of directors, which will answer the following:
Describe how the different business units of Walmart are interconnected. In your analysis, you should provide an organisation chart and data flow diagrams to represent the dependence of each of the business units to each other and the direction of data flows within the organisation and provide the reasons behind this structure. (900 words) (30 marks) (LO1,2)
Describe the different forms of data and the role of data warehousing in Walmart. In your analysis, you should evaluate the current Information Systems and provide recommendations to the board of directors about big data solutions. In order to fully answer the question, a detailed description of the proposed solution is needed providing the advantages and disadvantages of the system in response to Amazon’s strategy. (1200 words) (40 marks) (LO3)
Fortune. (2020). Walmart. [online] Available at: https://fortune.com/fortune500/2019/walmart/ [Accessed 1 April 2020].
Walmart Inc. (2020). Unites States Securities and Exchange Commission form 10-K. Retrieved from Securities and Exchange Commission website: http://d18rn0p25nwr6d.cloudfront.net/CIK-0000104169/af5415d9-0e07-4ba1-a6cc- bb3058a7f4e8.pdf
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