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DEVELOPING A BUSINESS CASE FOR IMPLEMENTING RFID IN MANUFACTURING

Author: William M. Scott
Company: LGS, an IBM Company
Date Published: 9/25/2005   Conference: SMTA International


Abstract: There have been several developments in recent years in RFID technologies and data collection systems. In manufacturing, there are some RFID solutions that use fairly standard products and other solutions that use specialized engineering for environments that handle large amounts of metals or liquids or that have environmental issues such as EMI and RF. Whether the RFID solution is standard or specialized, the importance of this business case evaluation approach is critical to success.

Most projects require at least some elements of a business case to gain approvals for resource usage, schedules, and funding. The business case must be in a clear, understandable form so that management can easily recognize the business benefits associated with the project - the competitive advantages that will result. To this end, IBM/LGS have developed a Business Case Methodology for RFID and other information related technology projects. This approach results in a concise, complete view of the scope, benefits, costs, and other elements of the project.

Key Words: RFID, Business Case methodology, business benefits, Business drivers



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