Information security: Review the attached “Request for Proposal” (RFP) from Simple Getaways and submit a written response containing a suggested solution for the issues outlined in the RFP

Jan 6th, 2016
Sigchi4life
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Computer Science
Price: $50 USD

Question description

Scenario 1:

Simple Getaways, Inc. is a fictional, midsize travel and tourism company. After several years of growth, including expanding from a single office in California to 12 offices in various areas of the western United States, Simple Getaways now finds itself struggling with the effects of that growth. Communication and information-sharing between offices are problematic. Ensuring that two people in the same office are looking at the same data has been an ongoing issue as well.

After determining that further growth of the business is dependent on more efficient processing of information both within and between offices, management has budgeted for the design and implementation of a new system to address these concerns.

For this task, you are to act as a consultant for Simple Getaways. You are expected to review the attached “Request for Proposal” (RFP) from Simple Getaways and submit a written response containing a suggested solution for the issues outlined in the RFP. You may include additional information in your response if you feel that it would help Simple Getaways make a decision on which vendor to choose for the project.

Task:
 

A.  Write a response (e.g., proposal, letter) to the Simple Getaways RFP by doing the following:

1.  Describe how the challenges in the Simple Getaways RFP affect key stakeholders.

2.  Discuss the differences between the actual performance and the desired performance of Simple Getaways.

3.  Recommend a technological solution to the challenges in the Simple Getaways RFP.

a.  Justify how the recommended solution will address the challenges in the Simple Getaways RFP.
 

B.  If you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.
 


Note: Please save word-processing documents as *.rtf (Rich Text Format) or *.pdf (Portable Document Format) files.

Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.

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Scenario 2

Northeastern Health Services, Inc. (NHS), a fictional health services company, was created to address the health and welfare needs of underserved patients in rural Maine and its environs. Despite the remote locations of its clinics in small townships along the Canadian border, NHS’s goal is to provide state-of-the-art health services to its client base, including offering complete medical imaging services with rapid turnaround of results and diagnoses. This is accomplished by partnering with the medical imaging analysis unit of a major hospital in the greater New York area. This requires the rapid transmission of electronic imaging files that can be extremely large in size, upwards of 100 MB each, via a secure, encrypted Internet connection.

Lately, as NHS has built out its network of clinics to the remotest areas of northern Maine, it has faced increasing difficulty in procuring the high-speed Internet services that are required to transmit the large imaging files. Because of this, they have asked your consulting firm to evaluate its options for bringing Internet connectivity to these remote locations.

Your initial review of the locations has revealed a number of facts:

•  All locations are within reach of landline telephone company wiring.

•  All locations are served by a local cable television provider.

•  All locations are within reach of existing cell towers, but signal strength varies widely from office to office, and often within each office due to prevailing weather conditions. Solar flares also appear to affect cell reception more in these locations than at the more southerly-located clinics.

•  All locations are subject to heavy rainfall and snowfall that affects the performance of satellite services.
 


You have been asked to compile research on possible technological solutions.

Task:
 

A.  Develop an annotated bibliography containing ten references that can be used to evaluate five potential technological solutions for the scenario.

Note: The bibliography should consist of a minimum of ten entries from peer-reviewed journals, professional organizational websites, blogs, magazine articles, or any other academic reference.
 

1.  Discuss the following for each reference:

•  The potential technological solution

•  Its use

•  Its application to the given scenario
 

B.  Recommend one of the technological solutions from part A for NHS to adopt.

1.  Justify your recommendation based on the goals of NHS.

2.  Discuss where NHS would fall on a technological acceptance curve.

a.  Explain whether your proposed solution would be accepted by NHS management, based on your knowledge of their business.
 

C.  If you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format

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Scenario 3:

Seabreeze is a fictional, midsize city in southern California. Once prosperous due to its enviable location on the coastline, the city has undergone a change in fortune. The city has experienced several consecutive years of decreasing revenues. The once-burgeoning real estate market in Seabreeze has contracted significantly, resulting in a decline in property tax revenues for the city. The disappearance of most people’s discretionary spending income has resulted in less retail and tourism activity, which translates into less sales tax revenue. On top of these direct hits to the bottom line, the California Legislature has passed a bill requiring cities to transfer 20% of their gross property tax revenues to the state to offset a very large budget deficit. Because of these drastic reductions in revenue, the city is now looking for opportunities to cut costs in all operational segments.

You are the IT director for the city of Seabreeze. The city manager asked you to identify where the elimination, replacement, or addition of technology would result in a cost savings to the city. After investigating a number of potential options, you have determined that the initiative with the greatest savings would be the virtualization of the city’s physical server environment, which consists of 72 servers; the storage environment, which consists solely of direct-attached storage (DAS); and the desktop computer environment, which consists of 350 end-user computers.

You now face several challenges.

•  Though implementation of physical server, storage, and desktop virtualization will result in significant savings over time, it will also require a large upfront investment to purchase the virtualization software, storage area network (SAN) hardware, desktop virtualization hardware, maintenance, training, and consulting services.

•  The city manager and the Seabreeze city council, while generally pro-technology, do not possess technological backgrounds. Thus, concepts such as virtualization are not readily understood.

•  The employees of Seabreeze possess a wide range of computer skills, but the majority of employees are not well-versed with technology. They have received minimal training over the years and are comfortable completing day-to-day tasks but do not have a deep understanding of the complexities of computers, networks, and the Internet.

•  The citizens of Seabreeze are very attuned to the expenditures of the city and demand fiscal responsibility. Additionally, the local newspaper has been running pieces highlighting local government spending.
 

It is your responsibility to present a virtualization adoption plan in order to convince the city manager that virtualization is a viable technology that will result in long-term savings.

Task:
 

A.  Develop a virtualization adoption plan applicable to the scenario by doing the following:

1.  Explain how the benefits of virtualization would impact the city of Seabreeze.

2.  Explain how to offset potential negative implications of the adoption of virtualization for the city of Seabreeze.

3.  Analyze the current state of diffusion of virtualization technology.

4.  Discuss potential barriers to the local government’s adoption of virtualization.

5.  Discuss how to gain the support of opinion leaders in Seabreeze.

6.  Explain where the city of Seabreeze falls on the technology adoption curve, using a theory of adoption or diffusion of technology.

a.  Discuss one strategy for addressing the technology adoption type of the city of Seabreeze.

7.  Discuss one strategy for addressing the technology acceptance of potential users in Seabreeze.
 

B.  If you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.


Note: Please save word-processing documents as *.rtf (Rich Text Format) or *.pdf (Portable Document Format) files.

Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.



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