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  • Aggrey Kegome Kenya A well developed software solution takes into consideration all steps and processes.
    2014-10-30 07:10:18

  • Prabhu Ramraj India 3RRR method is good on alison learning.
    2014-10-29 12:10:09

  • Ishag Hamza Sudan Documentation helps to study what has been done how and where by whom and compare new and old experience .
    2014-10-29 10:10:50

  • Nothando Gumpo United Kingdom This phase stress the importance of documentation when developing a programme software so that the any future programmer can understand the process and the code that was developed through technical documentation.
    2014-10-27 23:10:40

  • Ralph Webster South Africa When developing a software solution the developer or programmer will document all steps of the process. The software product should be fully supported with technical documentation so that any programmer in the future can understand the process and the code that was developed.
    2014-10-19 06:10:40

  • Manasseh Taloafiri Solomon Islands Do different projects have different program documentation(s) or more of uniformity?
    2014-10-07 06:10:30

    • Victor Osioh United Kingdom Different project , different documentation but there some standard docs e.g Status report, Progress repor, Checkpoint reports, Checklist etc just to name a few.
      2014-10-09 17:10:17
  • Segedin Dragan United Arab Emirates What type of document must be included in Project delivery?
    2014-09-28 07:09:29

    • REAGAN IKIE Zaire many documents as: all steps of the process. user guide
      2014-10-02 11:10:04
  • Aung Kyaw Minn Myanmar How many type technical doc of project management ?
    2014-09-13 14:09:28

    • Tony Ngoma Matondo Cameroon il ya plusieurs mais les plus utilises, sont: dictionnaire de données,les diagrammes de flux de données, et les diagrammes de reseaux
      2014-09-21 23:09:38
    • Mutea Al Nuzely United States of America As much as needed
      2014-09-16 14:09:14
  • ANNETTE ROBINSON United States of America Where would you store programming documentation of a software? Can it be saved on a hard drive?
    2014-09-08 21:09:15

  • George Fragos Greece On a sofware external backup who can have access?
    2014-08-30 15:08:22

  • Ige Omoluakhe Urowayino Greece what is the technical aspect of documentation
    2014-08-24 18:08:57

  • Tlaki Nnete South Africa Can a sofware have a backup like external backup?
    2014-08-19 11:08:29

  • Mawlid Ali Somalia how can i get my certificate and how can i pay the charge of the certificates
    2014-08-12 14:08:53

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Through the following of procedures that are given at the end of the course.
      2014-08-24 13:08:28
  • Je Rouse United Kingdom I found that looking through old IT prohects documentation that is does go out of date quite quickly
    2014-08-07 14:08:46

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan I don't think what you said is true because what I know is that any document has its own importance.
      2014-08-24 13:08:52
  • Samuel Kofi Odoi Ghana The Program documentation assist in gathering future and further information on a data platform.
    2014-07-26 06:07:35

  • Vikram Vasant Rotkar United Kingdom what about upgrading the existing dat?
    2014-07-21 16:07:55

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan It is only possibe when there is information gathered about the past document.
      2014-08-24 13:08:32
    • Samuel Kofi Odoi Ghana Is only the programmer or anyone has an access code that can upgrade a data.
      2014-07-26 06:07:51
  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Service industry logistics While they do not move large tonnages of product, service industries have logistical needs of their own. Their transportation needs are met by the postal service or carriers of small parcels that make overnight deliveries. Banks must process checks quickly and deliver cashed checks to the issuing bank promptly. Often service industries process paper records and must set up steps to move papers that are analogous to procedures that manufacturing firms employ to move goods. Linked computers are used increasingly for many of these paperwork-integrating tasks. Hospitals must have medicines and a wide range of materials and supplies ready for use. Before a surgeon is scheduled to perform a procedure, the needed instruments must be selected, placed in their order of use, sterilized, and held ready. Coordinating and managing logistics The individual elements of a firm's logistics system must be tied together. The firm's management may have a separate logistics department that is equal in status with other major departments such as finance, production, marketing, and so on. However, most firms are more likely to have these functions spread throughout various departments loosely coordinated by a logistics staff. (A more traditional firm had its logistics activities associated with inbound and interplant movements handled by the production staff, and these activities grouped were known as “materials management.” The traditional firm's logistics activities involving outbound products leaving the assembly line and bound for customers were handled by the marketing staff, and these activities grouped were known as “physical distribution management.”) Today, some firms rely on “third-party” logistics, wherein they contract with an outside firm to coordinate, manage, and sometimes perform the various functions. The second way that logistics activities are linked is by communications. In recent years, improved communications have taken the place of inventory. Some chain stores have scanners at checkout counters where a customer buys merchandise. These scanners are linked directly to the chain's home office so that it has instantaneous information as to what is being sold. Knowing this, they can restock the store and intermediate channels immediately, rather than having a large inventory at that store in anticipation of what might sell. Third, control systems help link the elements of logistics systems. The reason for this is that the goods moving through a system are valuable and therefore are targets for pilferage by employees or organized thefts conducted by outsiders. Hence, a logistics system needs a control system that tracks the goods as they move from place to place to ensure that some do not disappear. The system is designed so that when goods do leave the system, they must be exchanged for proper documentation or payment. Computers also help link a firm's logistics activities. As of 1992, more than 1,500 different computer software packages were available for use by logistics managers. Public-sector logistics Governments have logistic needs of their own. They buy supplies and must distribute them within agencies to the points where they are needed. Military logistics is a field in itself, incorporating all the needs for supplying forces in the field. In combat situations, military logistics also includes the handling of wounded casualties who are being returned from the front. In military situations, a disadvantage of advancing is that one's supply lines become longer. Accounts of the American Civil War (1861–65) often mention the use of railroads by both sides to supply armies and to move large numbers of troops from one combat area to another. Horse cavalry was used to raid behind the enemy's main lines and to cut the railroad tracks that the enemy was relying upon for supplies. During U.S. involvement in World War I (1917–18) congestion at East Coast ports was so great that it was necessary for the government to take over operations of the railroads for the duration of the country's involvement in war. World War II (1939–45) proved to be a major logistic challenge for many of the nations involved, especially for the United States, which had to send supplies to Great Britain, Russia, and China and supply its own armies in both Europe and the Pacific. Shipping space was scarce, and there were many losses to German submarines. More recently, in the dispute between Great Britain and Argentina regarding the Falkland Islands, the British pulled cargo and passenger ships out of commercial service and placed them into military service. Tankers also were called out of civilian service and used by the military. These tankers were stationed every several hundred miles between Britain and the Falklands and used for refueling ships. In the 1990–91 conflict between the United Nations and Iraq, an armada of merchant ships and aircraft carried troops and supplies from both Europe and the United States to the Persian Gulf. One of the major requirements was for potable water. Related to military logistics are the operations of relief organizations. They must be prepared to respond instantly to catastrophic accidents or natural disasters, often shipping personnel, supplies, and equipment over long distances. Other operations may be planned and sustained for a period of time—for example, efforts made in the 1980s and early 1990s to combat hunger in Ethiopia and nearby nations. At times the problems are almost military in nature because “rebel” forces will sometimes fight the efforts of relief organizations. For a time in Ethiopia, aircraft had to be used to carry relief food supplies, because truck convoys were subject to attack. Upon arrival at the relief stations, the aircraft carrying bags of wheat were unloaded by workers who carried the bags on their shoulders. A major problem of relief organizations in Ethiopia was maintaining their own transport equipment. The aircraft were ruining at least one tire per day, and the truck routes were littered along the sides by trucks that had broken down or had been victims of attack. Government, military, and relief organizations adapt commercial logistics principles to their own needs. Some objective other than cost-saving or profit-making is employed. However, in any application, logistics involves the orderly planning, implementing, and controlling of a flow of goods and services.
    2014-07-17 20:07:54

    • Thabo Ishmael Lejone Lesotho Great
      2014-09-23 13:09:33
  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Returned products There are many categories of returned products. A few are subjects of product recalls, meaning that a safety defect or hazard has been discovered. These products are removed from the shelves, and both retailers and consumers attempt to return them to the manufacturer. This is a form of reverse distribution, with goods moving in the opposite direction of their usual flow. Eventually, the manufacturer must repair the defect, offer a substitute product, or refund the payment. A second form of returned goods are those that have been on the shelves too long and are no longer fresh. In the United States, many food products have a “pull date” code on the package, indicating that the product should not be sold after that date. These “old” items are removed from the shelves and sent to salvage centres, where the goods are sorted. Some are donated directly to local charities and food banks. Goods that cannot be donated are emptied from their packages, so that the packages can be recycled. The food contents are sold to firms that convert it into various forms of animal feed. Salvage s disposal A firm's waste materials must be positively managed. The firm attempts to both sell them at a profit and follow environmentally sound practices. The key to many recycling efforts is to have s and waste materials properly sorted, so that they can be sold to various processors who specialize in recycling glass, plastics, and metals. The public is becoming increasingly concerned about each firm's environmental “scoreboard,” and more and more care is needed to make certain that environmental concerns are addressed in one's s disposal methods. Traffic management Planning, arranging, and buying the transportation services needed to move a firm's freight is known as traffic management. It is probably the most important element of logistics. The traffic manager is concerned with freight consolidation, carrier rates and charges, carrier selection, documentation, tracing and expediting, loss and damage claims, diversion and reconsignment, demurrage and detention, movements of hazardous materials, and use of private carriage. Freight consolidation means the assembling of many smaller shipments into a smaller number of large shipments. The reason for this is that the carriers charge less per pound for handling larger shipments, because less paperwork and individual handling is involved. Hence, a traffic manager would like to see a customer's daily orders consolidated into a single weekly order or have orders for several customers in a distant city handled as a single shipment to that city, where it would be broken down for delivery to each of them. Carriers establish their rates in several ways. In the United States, motor carriers of less-than-truckload shipments (say, 50 to 10,000 pounds) have point-to-point tariffs using the first three numbers in ZIP codes. The tariffs are stored on personal computer diskettes. The rates vary by length of haul, size of shipment, and the product's classification (a number that reflects the ease with which the carrier can handle the product; for example, gravel has a low classification number, bees—in hives—have a high classification number). The traffic manager pays these rates or may be able to negotiate a percentage discount if she or he is willing to make a long-term commitment of traffic to a specific carrier. For regular shippers of truckload, railcar load, and shipload quantities, it is possible to negotiate contracts with carriers. At one time carrier rates in the United States were heavily regulated by the government, but traffic managers had some input into the regulatory process. Today, oil pipeline traffic, some interstate rail traffic, and intrastate truck traffic in many states are regulated, so those traffic managers involved with that traffic must be willing to express their concerns to regulatory bodies. Carrier selection is a two-step phase. First, the company must decide which mode—water, rail, pipeline, truck, or air—to use for each segment of traffic it handles. Air is the fastest way to carry intercity shipments, but it is also the most expensive. Truck is less expensive and more widely used. Rail is usually even less expensive, although often it is neither as consistent nor as high-quality as motor carrier service. Water and pipeline transportation are cheaper, although they are not available at all sites. In terms of ton-miles (one ton carried one mile equals one ton-mile) of intercity freight within the United States, in the early 1990s, about 37 percent moved by rail; 25 percent by truck; 21 percent by oil pipelines; 16 percent by water; and less than 1 percent by air. However, in terms of dollars spent for intercity freight transportation, trucks received 81 percent; rails, 11 percent; and the others 2 or 3 percent apiece. Once the modal choice is made, the traffic manager must choose which carrier firm or firms should get the business. After the selection is made and contract signed, the carriers' performance is monitored to make certain that its quality does not deteriorate. Documentation is the preparation and handling of all the documents accompanying a shipment; most must be completed before shipping. In the late 20th century, computers and electronic date interchange (EDI) have made documentation less of a burden. Tracing and expediting are related; both involve paying attention to a shipment that is in the carrier's hands. Tracing is the effort to find a delayed or misplaced shipment. Expediting is an attempt to have a specific shipment move faster than normal through the carrier's system because it is needed immediately by the consignee. Loss and damage claims reflect the carrier's responsibility to deliver merchandise in good order. If packages are missing or damaged, the shipper must determine which of these problems were the carrier's fault and attempt to collect the amount of the damages from the carrier. (An effort also must be made to reduce the overall volume of damaged and lost freight.) Diversion and reconsignment cover the practice of starting freight on its way and then deciding to alter its destination. A customer may ask that the freight en route be delivered to the warehouse in city B rather than in city A. In that case, the shipper's traffic manager has the shipment diverted from city A to city B; reconsigned goods are rerouted after delivery to their original destination. Demurrage and detention reflect the traffic manager's responsibility to load and unload carrier equipment promptly. If he does not, then the carrier assesses daily detention or demurrage charges until the traffic manager's firm frees the carrier's equipment. This is to prevent the shippers and consignees from using the carriers' equipment as warehouses. Hazardous materials movements require special attention. Sometimes only certain routes, warehouses, and vehicular equipment can be used. Communities along the way may have special requirements affecting the movement and storage of the materials. For some hazardous material movements, specialized carriers must be used. Containers and vehicles have special markings, and additional documentation is needed to accompany the shipment. Lastly, the firm may decide to operate its own fleet of vehicles—trucks, planes, or ships. Their operation and control is the responsibility of the firm's traffic manager, who must become familiar with the many federal and state regulations that control the operation and safety of various types of vehicular equipment and the people operating this equipment. Warehouse and distribution centre management This logistics activity involves management of the locations where the firm's inventories are stored. Warehouses and distribution centres are similar but have different emphasis. A warehouse is used for the storage of goods. Canned foods, for example, are canned during one month of the year at the end of a growing season and then are shipped out in a fairly even flow for the next 11 months. Or, as a contrary example, Christmas decorations are made throughout the year, but their sales are concentrated in a four- to six-week period. Distribution centres emphasize a faster turnover (or throughput) of goods. Chain grocery stores use distribution centres for receiving railcars and trucks filled with pallet loads of individual grocery products. Inside the warehouse all the products are placed in individual stacks. Then orders are “picked” from these individual stacks for each retail store. They are assembled, loaded aboard pallets, placed aboard trucks, and delivered to the stores. Moving people The logistics of moving people may be handled in two ways. Individuals can be given instructions to meet at a certain point, nearby or far away. They then assume responsibility for making their own travel arrangements and showing up as directed. If larger groups of people are to be moved, a firm may assume responsibility and charter a bus or airplane and arrange for lodging. When the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built during the 1970s, it was necessary to build housing for the construction workers and to continually supply them with food and other goods. On an international scale, some nations often supply the work force used in other nations. The workers are recruited in their home country and moved to where they are needed. International logistics The discussion to this point has emphasized domestic logistics—i.e., that carried on within the borders of one nation. International logistics involves movements across borders, and these movements are considered more complex for several reasons. First, there are delays at the border. Goods must be inspected, and often import duties, or charges, are assessed. Additional inspections at the border may be conducted to determine whether the goods meet that nation's health, safety, environmental protection, and labeling standards. Most nation
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  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Order processing Order processing starts with the receipt of an order from a customer. It may be obtained by a salesperson, be telephoned in, or arrive by mail. Regular buyers and sellers are often linked electronically. As the buyer's inventories become low, an electronic purchase order is generated. It is communicated to the seller, whose computers will determine that the goods are available, and the seller will inform the buyer, still using electronic methods, that the order will be filled and shipped by a certain date. The first step in most order-processing systems is to verify the accuracy of the order—that is, to make certain that the document contains no internal errors that might mean the customer was uncertain about what he or she was ordering. The next step is to verify the customer's credit or ability to pay. After determining from which inventory point to ship the goods, instructions are sent to that warehouse to fill the order. At the warehouse an “order picking list” is given to a warehouse worker, who assembles the specific order. In the packing area, it is checked and packed for shipment, and the package is labeled. The traffic manager prepares the transportation documents and notifies a carrier to pick up the shipment. An invoice for the goods is sent to the buyer, and various inventory and financial records are updated. The shipper uses the term “order cycle” to indicate the span of time between receiving and shipping the order. The buyer uses the phrase to indicate the span of time between placing and receiving the order. Packaging Two purposes are served by packaging: promoting the product and protecting it. The promotional effort is to make the product stand out on a store shelf and say “take me home” to the customer walking down the store aisle. The protective function is to protect the product and, in some instances, to keep the product from damaging surrounding items. Retail packages of food and drugs must be tamperproof to the extent that the consumer can determine whether the package has been tampered with. Choice of packaging materials also is influenced by concerns for environmental protection. Containers that can be recycled, or are made of recycled materials, are enjoying increased demand. Many local and state laws encourage the recycling of beverage containers. Most retail products are packed in a hierarchy of packaging. The concept can be compared to building blocks—the smallest size is the shelf container that the customer buys and takes home. These containers fit into boxes that are about one cubic foot in dimension and are unloaded, item by item, by the person stocking the shelves. These boxes in turn are handled on pallets, wooden platforms about 6 inches high and 40 inches by 48 inches along the top. Pallets are loaded two or four boxes high and moved by mechanical devices known as forklift trucks, tractorlike vehicles with two lifting prongs in front that fit into slots in the pallet and then lift it. Loaded pallets are moved by forklift trucks into and out of warehouses, railcars, and trucks, Pallet loads are also called “unit loads” and are the most common way of handling packaged freight. Goods that are not packaged are often handled in bulk. Examples are iron ore, coal, and grains that move in trainload, truckload, and shipload lots. They are loaded, unloaded, and transferred by large mechanical devices. Liquids such as petroleum are pumped through pipelines or carried in vessels called tankers. Flour and cement are moved between dry tanks pneumatically (i.e., by large vacuum devices). Parts and service support Equipment that has been sold must be maintained. For example, automakers frequently stock parts for all models of automobiles up to 10 years old. Buyers of capital equipment insist on knowing that their purchase will be kept in running order for many years. Prompt delivery of repair parts also is necessary. Farm implement manufacturers will sometime charter small planes to deliver needed parts to combines that are broken down in wheat fields. Plant and warehouse site selection Firms often must find the location for a new facility. Usually this decision follows a process of system analysis and design, wherein a determination is made of how many facilities the firm should be operating. A firm that needs to distribute repair parts overnight within a large country could probably reach nearly all markets by air from a single warehouse location if the firm were willing to use air-express services. If the same firm wished to use trucks to make surface deliveries from warehouses to these same markets, it would probably need to scatter a number of warehouse sites throughout the country. Or a growing firm may decide that it needs a new warehouse to serve a certain region. Several layers of analyses would be performed, each with a finer focus. After a region was selected, then a city within the region would be chosen. Criteria to this point would include markets, availability and wage rates of labour, tax rates, climate, and transportation. Within that chosen city, various sites would be examined, taking into account such factors as land-use controls, street traffic capability, room for expansion, soil stability, water- and sewer-line capacity, police and fire protection, and proximity to rail tracks. Some firms serve contracting, or shrinking, markets. They must decide which production or distribution facilities to close, and the closure must be scheduled in a way that reduces adverse impact upon the firm's overall operations. Production scheduling Scheduling of production is done by others in the firm but with the assistance of the logistics staff. Production is scheduled in an attempt to balance demand for products with plant capacity and availability of inputs. Inbound materials and components must be scheduled to fit into the production process. The production process itself is scheduled to fulfill existing and planned orders. Manufactured products must be scheduled for shipment to wholesalers, retailers, and customers. If the firm is running a special advertising campaign to promote its product, then additional products must be available for sale. The logistics staff advises as to the costs of moving materials. They hope to develop back-and-forth hauls of materials in order to better utilize transportation equipment. Just-in-time philosophies call for disciplined, on-time deliveries. On the other hand, scheduling must be flexible to the extent necessary to react to unforeseen events. Shippers and receivers of freight sometime establish “windows” of two to three hours' length within which trucks must arrive to pick up or deliver freight. Related to scheduling of specific shipments is routing—that is, choosing the exact route that a vehicle should take. Many truck delivery routes are now determined by computers. Routing also is used to avoid areas of anticipated congestion. Purchasing Closely related to production scheduling is purchasing, because many of the inputs needed for production must be purchased from outside vendors. The logistics staff advises as to the transportation services that must be used to ensure that the purchased materials arrive on schedule. If the vendor assumes responsibility for the delivery of the inputs, the buyer's logistics staff monitors the delivering carrier's performance. The logistics staff also may attempt to consolidate the shipments of various inputs to reduce their overall transportation costs.
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  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Documentation flow The paperwork that accompanies the flow of physical product is considered to be the documentation flow. A bill of lading is the contract between the shipper and carrier. A packing list is placed in each carton of assorted merchandise by the person packing it; and upon receipt the consignee verifies both the count of freight on the carrier's waybill and the packing list's entries for each carton. International shipments require many more documents. The typical number ranges from 6 to 10, but the number can climb to more than 50. For example, livestock must be accompanied by a veterinarian's inspection certificate. Documentation also links the shipment to payment for the product—a form of control necessary to ensure that goods are not shipped without regard to their being paid for. Electronic data interchange is often used in place of paper for the documentation process. Interplant movements During the production process a firm moves products between its various plants. A large automobile manufacturer might have several thousand suppliers feeding parts into 100 factories that assemble components that will be used by, say, 20 assembly lines. Flows must be controlled and altered to meet changing demands. The just-in-time (JIT) inventory replenishment system insists on small, accurate resupply deliveries to be made just as they are needed—no sooner and no later. Also, the components must be free of defects, because there is no batch of spare parts from which to pick a replacement. Inventories Stocks of goods or materials are inventories. They often are located at points where there is a change in the rate and unit of movement. A grain elevator might receive grain from local farmers at the rate of two or three truckloads a day during the harvest season and hold the grain until it is shipped out at the rate of several railcars a week over a six-month period. Inventories represent an investment that the owner hopes to sell. (Sometimes they represent an “involuntary” investment that occurs when goods are produced faster than they are sold.) There are costs associated with holding inventories, however, including interest on the money invested in the inventory, storage costs, and risks of deterioration, obsolescence, and shrinkage. A dealer holding this year's automobiles suffers a loss in inventory value when next year's models are announced, because the autos in the inventory are now “one year old” in the buyers' eyes. Inventory “shrinkage” is the term that acknowledges and measures the fact that most inventory records show more goods have entered an inventory than can be found. Many different classes of products are kept in a firm's inventory. They include company supplies, finished goods (made by the firm), packaging materials, labels, promotional materials (catalogs and samples), raw materials and components, resale goods (purchased from other firms for resale—e.g., a firm that manufactures vacuum cleaners may buy vacuum bags from an outside source), returned goods made by others, returned products made by the firm, s and waste to be disposed of, s and waste to be recycled, spare parts, traded-in goods of a competitor's brand, traded-in goods of one's own brand, and work-in-process goods. Inventory must be rotated, or “turned,” with new units replacing old ones. This is referred to as the FIFO (first in–first out) system. Storage and selling racks are often arranged so that the oldest item moves out first. Rotation is especially important in the food industry, where many items are perishable, and even packaged goods have expiration or “pull” dates on them because the manufacturer does not want them sold after a certain date. For products that might be traded internationally, there are additional inventory classifications: the country of origin, because import duties or charges sometimes vary by country of origin; countries where goods can be sold (e.g., some foreign automobiles cannot be sold in the United States because of emission control requirements); and the specific languages used on the product or package or in catalogs.
    2014-07-17 20:07:07

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