An overview of the current business systems used in Riordan Manufacturing are as follows: At the Corporate office in San Jose, the company have in place a fully integrated window based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for manufacturing, distribution and financial, the Georgia facility operate on a AS4000’s with UNIX operating system on PC’S (Windows) as workstations with RPG400 capability. In addition, Michigan plant is run on a pair of DEC Alphas system.
There is need for a TCP/IP to hold the network together, having in place a SNMP will help the company to manage its network infrastructure effectively, a FTP for WAN/LAN is thus considered as necessary for wide file transfers and DNS without any doubt will be a great application for the company name resolution.
It is equally important that China plant replace the three, 24-port hubs with 24port switches, at Pontiac there is need to replace the 4 hubs and 3 patch panels with four 24 port switches and San Jose 24 port switches. Increase uniformity in the company’s infrastructure.
At the Michigan entities there is in place a Finance and Accounting VMS operating system that is run on a VAX4000 workstation, although it is equipped with application source code, but unfortunately the vendor to this system is out of business, therefore making maintenance very difficult. At the Georgia plant, Finance and accounting functions operate on a pair of AS400’s UNIX systems with PC’s window as workstation on RPG4000. This situation caused by complication of varied systems at various entities of the company makes it difficult to achieve remote resembling and compatibility to the corporate systems. This thus results in conversion, reentry and redirecting of data via data files and hardcopy reports, which invariably become time consuming, coast inefficient because of the use of manual labor in processing data. For example, general ledger and income statement takes 15 to 20 days to consolidate at the end of the month....