Quiz 14: Information Security and Computer Fraud

Business

Economic Justification: In general, it is the comparison among various alternatives and chooses the most economic alternative from them which is in the favor of the company as well as other things which get affected from that decision. For the improvement in the working of the company, IT plays a major role. It must include complementary changes in business processes. In Balance score card companies placing the investment in a cause-and-effect structure to assess their business requirements for IT. As per the economical strategy a company comes to know about, how the proposed investment either improves the organization's value and therefore leads to revenue growth (both in customer financial perspectives) or reduces business process cost (process perspective). It also shows that how the investment is reliable with the organization's strategy which helps to mitigate alignment risk. Additionally, it also helps in required training and employees incentives necessary for making the IT effective and also results in reduction of change risk.

Organizations today are growing in scale and have made improvement in their processes, practices of the project management. It assesses their current practices compared to the recognized best practices of the industry. It also helps in focusing on opportunities which can initiate developments in the performance and the results too at business level. But there are various other IT projects for which alternatives available to implement. Hence, they need to be evaluated before their implementation. The series of questions generally upsurge while making an IT investment which can be depicted as: 1. What is the purpose of that project? 2. Which business issues will be covered by this project? 3. What will be the cost of this project (as the project needs to be at the limit of finance available in the firm)? 4. What is the return of that project and possible associated risks to it. It implies that the return should be more than initial investment and minimum risks should be present. 5. Are there any alternatives available in respect to the project, which requires less finance or heavy returns? 6. If the project had implemented, what techniques will be required to measure its success? After getting answers of above all questions only decision is required to be taken. Option a is correct as cost is the important part of project implementation as specified above. Option b is correct as associated risks to project are the important part of the project implementation as specified above. Option c is correct as alternatives are the important part of project implementation as specified above. Option d is correct as the evaluation of success is the important part of project implementation as specified above. The option e indicates that all the options (costs, related risks, available alternatives, techniques for success evaluation) is correct because firms require minimum investment and maximum return from any large IT project. Thus, the option img is correct.

Pay Back Period: It is the time period required to cover the cost of Investment. It is relevant for decision making to Investors. Net Present Value (NPV): It is the difference between the present value (PV) of cash inflows and present value (PV) of cash outflows of the project and it is relevant for decision making. Internal Rate of Return (IRR): It is that rate of return under which, the present value (PV) of cash inflow is equals to the present value (PV) of cash outflow. In other words, the net present value (NPV) of the Investment becomes nil. Accounting Rate of Return (ARR): Accounting rate of return means the return earned by an investor in the proposed project. Under this method the time value of money is not considered. a. Company ABC has following information without considering the risk factors and it is presented in the table using Excel sheet is given below: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img Net benefit from the project is calculated through the deduction of cost element from the benefits earned in the project. From the information given above it is required the following: (1) Calculate the Payback period of the project: img Hence, the payback period of the project is img (2) Calculate the Net Present Value (NPV) of the project. Following is the calculation of NPV using the Excel sheet: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img Hence, the Net Present Value (NPV) of the project is img (3) Calculate the Internal rate of return (IRR) of the project. Following is the calculation of IRR using the Excel sheet: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img Hence, the IRR of the project is img (4) Calculate the Accounting rate of return (ARR) of the project. img Hence, the ARR of the project is img b. The following information after considering risk factors is presented in the table given below using Excel sheet: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img Net benefit from the project is calculated through the deduction of cost element from the benefits earned in the project. Working Note 1: Following is the calculation of Increase in gross margin when sale is increase by 3% using Excel sheet: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img Working Note 2: Following is the calculation of reduction in carrying cost when inventory turnover is increase by 5% using Excel sheet: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img (1) Calculate the Payback period of the project: img Hence, the payback period of the project is img (2) Calculate the Net Present Value (NPV) of the project. Following is the calculation of NPV using the Excel sheet: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img Hence, the Net Present Value (NPV) of the project is img (3) Calculate the Internal rate of return (IRR) of the project. Following is the calculation of IRR using the Excel sheet: img The result of the above Excel sheet is given below: img Hence, the IRR of the project is img (4) Calculate the Accounting rate of return (ARR) of the project. img Hence, the ARR of the project is img c. Value proposition is the final step which assembles the cost, benefits and risks of the project outlined above. Based on the above financial measures and risk analysis, company should pursue the project. However, this analysis has not considered whether company's employees will be willing to change (change risk) or whether this investment is consistent with company's strategy (alignment risk). Additionally the sensitivity analysis is limited.