Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Haomin Wang

Second Advisor

Ronghua Shan

Third Advisor

Renee Hejna


Applied Engineering, Inc. (AEI) is always looking for ways to make new technology work for them. As AEI strives to stay competitive, automation is a key tool in our future success. The current ordering system is cumbersome and time consuming. It is an excellent candidate to be replaced by an automated system. This document outlines the group's proposal for a new system that will enhance the capabilities of our existing requirements. The current ordering system required someone to recognize that material needed to be ordered, do the data entry to create a purchase order for the material, and then send that information to the supplier to place the order. When a repetitious process like this can be automated, it will reduce the workload, reduce the potential for errors, and reduce the stress that goes along with getting the process done. This was our goal when we looked at automating the way our raw material was procured. The new system will add automation to our raw material procurement process. Automation will allow Applied Engineering to become more efficient and accurate when it comes to ordering raw material for our manufacturing process. The AEI Supplier System will also save Applied Engineering time and money by speeding up the material ordering process and reducing the chance of late material shipments.