You have determined hardware and software needs based on the organization’s profile, production, and tasks to be completed. Your next task is to determine the type of network. As you complete this milestone, consider the company’s needs and how employees would access and implement a network. Be sure to review the material discussed in last week’s module.
Overview: Basic knowledge of computers is practically essential for productively engaging in twenty-first-century life. Working knowledge of computer platformtechnologies impacts everyone from help desk personnel and field technicians to project managers and business executives. In order to make sound businessdecisions, one must have the ability to analyze business needs and compare available computer technology options for effectively meeting those needs.
Scenario: You have been hired as an IT consultant by an entrepreneur starting a small advertising company called MilleniAds. As a start-up, your client’scompany is relatively small and has a limited budget. There are only 10 employees, including a few creative directors, graphic designers, sales staff, a financialaccountant, and an office administrator, with the entrepreneur acting as CEO. The current IT budget cannot exceed $25,000 and ideally should come in as farunder that number as possible. MilleniAds will produce customized sales flyers, brochures, and other branded items, such as letterhead and business cards, thatapply a youthful, fresh perspective targeting millennial demographics. Therefore, the company needs the ability to store and manipulate digital images and toproduce physical copies of their products for their clients. The CEO wants to keep track of inventory, sales, and expenses digitally, but she does not anticipatehaving very complex records for the first year. She projects having only a dozen or so accounts but hopes to scale up in the coming years. It would be ideal tohave a simple and user-friendly system for sharing information and files between employees. Many of the employees are millennials themselves who haveindicated that their current desktop PCs are limiting their capabilities and that they prefer using their phones and other mobile devices for their professional andpersonal responsibilities. Two of the 10 employees will operate primarily outside of the office, soliciting business from regional firms, and they will need toaccess company information while on the road, in their home offices, and at customer sites.
Prompt: Given the scenario above, what are the best hardware, software, networking, and information security options for addressing your client’s businessneeds?
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
IV. Networking Options
A. Examine the business’s issues to determine network requirements. Illustrate your response with specific examples. For example, to what extentshould there be access inside the business for mobile devices and remote personnel?
B. Then, compare and contrast the options for meeting the requirements. Be sure to cite specific evidence that supports your conclusions. Howwould you ensure security of information over the network? Which type of network connection is preferable?
C. Make final recommendations for network solutions based on your evaluation of the options. Be sure to logically justify your proposal as the bestpossible choice for meeting the business requirements.