There are 3 parts to the assessment.
Part 1: Executive Summary of IT Infrastructure.
Part 2: Identifying Current IT Standards and Protocols and Making Recommendations.
Part 3: Reflection
Complete and save each file separately.(I will separate the files) Include your name in the upper left corner of each file.(Separate references if used, for each Part please)
Part 1: Executive Summary of IT Infrastructure
Assessing the current state of the business before starting the full project is a necessity when it comes to working with infrastructure. International Plastics, Inc., a manufacturing company, hired you as a technology consultant to work with the company to review its resources and develop a plan for its infrastructure needs. Your first step is to become familiar with the company’s current documentation and provide a status update to the executives.
Review the ZIP file for International Plastics, Inc. documentation.
Write a 1 to 2-page executive summary of International Plastics’ business requirements for an upcoming discussion with the CEO. As a general guideline, executive summaries are typically 1 to 2 pages in length, at 12 pt. font, and single-spaced.
Include the following information:
• A high-level descriiption of International Plastics’ current IT Infrastructure, including network, information systems, applications, mobile computing, data management, business intelligence, and security
• An overview of International Plastics’ operational environment
• An explanation of how a new IT infrastructure will improve business performance
• A chart listing at least three examples of technology hardware upgrades and how they will improve business performance
Part 2: Identifying Current IT Standards and Protocols and Making Recommendations
Review the existing International Plastics network diagrams located in the International Plastics, Inc. documents ZIP file. Assess the current telecommunications protocols, standards, and collaboration tools used for International Plastics. Determine if improvements are needed, and if so, list your recommendation with how the improvement will affect the standard or protocol (you will use this to prepare the required chart).
Prepare a chart/table, using Microsoft® Word or Microsoft® Excel®, to document at least 6 current standards or protocols used at each location. Use the following table headings:
Current Telecommunications Standard, Protocol, or Collaboration Tools
International Plastics Location
Recommendation for Improvement with anticipated effects of Improvement
Decide on a recommendation that will have the most beneficial impact to the company.
Write a 1-page explanation on how you made the decision to move forward with this recommendation. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this recommendation?
Complete your reflections by responding to all prompts.
IT Manager Role
A clothing manufacturer with 400 employees wants to start a large social media campaign. They want their customers to post videos showcasing their clothing and hope to have hundreds of hours of video submitted daily. An additional goal is to retain the right to use the videos in future online advertising campaigns.
Reflect on the following points:
Should the IT manager be involved in decisions related to this project?
What three IT-related questions need to be asked about this project?
Justify why your questions need to be asked by discussing this campaign’s potential impact on the company network.
Designing Networks for Different Companies
One of the most important decisions a company can make in terms of its IT infrastructure is the design of its network.
What type of networking equipment and network model would you recommend for the following companies?
Reflect on your choices and justify.
A small one-office company that is using 20 computers and two printers in their suite
A company with multiple locations and a data center located in one of their facilities that all the other facilities connect to for company information