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C10; Introduction to Computers

Assignment 4; Business Start Up Proposal

Bill, a close friend of your parents wants to start a business. Your parents refer him to you since you are presently working on a technology related degree. In your first discussion, you discover the following facts:

  • Bill has been a sales representative for a major restaurant supply company for many years.

  • His prior skills are very low tech. He drives from city to city, visiting restaurants and either provides his customers with supplies, or visits new restaurants to try and convince them to purchase supplies from him exclusively. He phones his orders in to the manufacturer, and other than accounting for his expenses while on the road, he does no record keeping.

  • Other than basic email skills and a vague familiarization with Microsoft Word Bill has little or no experience with existing communications technologies or software applications.

  • Bill’s business plan is to start a new restaurant supply business in his home. He wishes to spend more time at home and travel much less than he did in the past. He knows he will sometimes be required to travel to negotiate deals or meet with clients, but he would prefer to be able to do all this at home whenever possible.

Bill has already implemented the following actions:

  • He has found an accountant who has agreed to help him set up his accounting system. (Do not consider any accounting software for this assignment. The accountant will provide that.)

  • He has contacted six different restaurant supply companies and negotiated a fee and commission arrangement that will allow him to represent them and sell their products.

  • He has found local training and certification company that has classes in all the major software packages (Apple OS, Windows 7/8, Word, Excel, etc.), which will allow Bill to start classes immediately.

Although Bill has minimal technical skills, he does know what he wants. As the discussion proceeds, the following items are added to the plan:

  • Budget: Bill has funds for the start up, but the budget has some limits. He doesn’t want the fastest, biggest or best, but he will spend what it takes to have equipment that will suit his needs.

  • Security: Bill has heard horror stories about computer information being hacked, and he wants your assurance that his business information will be secure, if he follows your suggestions.

  • Hardware: Bill knows of no special requirements for hardware, but he does know he will need to store somewhere between two and three terabytes of catalog information from the companies with whom he will be working. He needs to be able to access this info at all times from any location. He has no knowledge or preferences about hardware and says he will go with what you recommend.

  • Operating System and Software: Bill feels comfortable with the Windows environment, and prefers not to learn another operating system.

  • The Cloud, Wi-Fi, Mobile Computing: Bill has no idea how these technologies tie in to his business, but he does know he needs to be able to do the following from his home office, from his car, or from any remote location: Check his email and compose/send emails at any time, place a supplies order via the Internet to any of his suppliers, be able to answer phone calls, and be able to set up video conferencing phone calls.

The Proposal:

Prepare and submit a proposal to Bill that gives your suggested solution to his business plan. Provide Bill with the details of what he needs to purchase in order to have what he needs to conduct his business using today’s technology. Make sure you include the following items in your report:

  1. Hardware: What items of hardware (computer, laptop, tablet device, telephone, etc.) should Bill purchase. For items like a computer, include minimum specifications for all major internal components. Justify the need for any major hardware items recommended.

  2. Operating System: With the recommended hardware, what operating system choices are available and which would be best? Why?

  3. Other Technologies: Include the details on any peripheral devices and technologies that you propose (“The Cloud”, mobile computing devices, Bluetooth, wireless networking, etc.) and explain how they fit into the business plan.

  4. Software & Training: List the software applications that should be purchased. Include the training courses that Bill should attend to gain basic skills in the software packages you recommend.

  5. Cost: Provide Bill with an estimated cost for him to implement all of your suggestions.

Your proposal will be evaluated using the rubric below. Make sure you read the rubric and have a clear idea of what is expected. If there are any additional questions that you would have asked Bill be sure to note them as you explain to Bill what networking options he has so that you can explain what additional information could change your suggestion if any.

C10; Introduction to Computers; Assignment 4 Rubric

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                                                                   Assignment 8; Business Consulting

Remember Bill? He was the gentleman that you helped to start up his business in week 4. Well his business is doing well, but he has come to you with some questions and concerns. You discuss each of these with Bill and promise to send him a written report with your suggestions and recommendations. Submit your written response to Bill’s questions and concerns below.

  1. Bill has set up a spreadsheet in Excel that will help him keep track of expenses. So far, he has this:

Tell Bill how to do the following tasks:

  • What formula or function does he put in Column F that will show the total expenses for each day?

  • What formula or function does he put in columns B through F in Row 13 that will give him the total expenses for the week in each category?

  • Bill wants the entry in Column G to remind him of expenses that require receipts for the accountant. Tell Bill what to put in Column G to do this:

    1. Print the word “Yes” in any row where the total daily expenses are greater than or equal to $100.00.

    2. If the daily expenses total is less than $100.00, leave the Column G entry for that row blank.

  1. Bill’s business is already expanding. He thinks that in a few weeks, he will need to hire one or two employees to help him. He knows that each new employee will need their own computer. He is also making the necessary changes so that the new employees will be working in a spare room in Bill’s house. Explain to Bill what networking options he has. Go through each type or configuration of network possible for him, making sure that you explain the pros and cons of each configuration. Finish with your suggestion for the network that he should set up and explain what new hardware will be required to do this.

  2. With the possibility of three business computers in his home, and all of his business records possibly vulnerable, this would be a good time to advise Bill on how to set up a routine plan to protect and defend his new network. Provide a list of the five most important concerns for safety and security of the network and the computers in the network. For each concern, specify the action to be taken, and if applicable, what software you recommend be added to the system. Justify each of your recommendations.

Your proposal will be evaluated using the rubric below. Make sure you read the rubric and have a clear idea of what is expected. If there are any additional questions that you would have asked Bill be sure to note them as you explain to Bill what networking options he has so that you can explain what additional information could change your suggestion if any.


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Running Head: BUSINESS START UP PROPOSAL

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Running Head: BUSINESS START UP PROPOSAL
The proposed business however small, is expected to start at a high notch in term of technology
application. The main aim of the proposed business’ operation is to make efficient provision of
products and services to the customers and at the same time to reach and retain as many
customers as possible within the shortest period of operation.
This makes it necessary for the business to use the modern technology in marketing including
advertisement or sales promotion so as to reach many customers as possible. Effective
management of the business includes taking and keeping of records, one should have appropriate
management skill and enough competence to operate technological data handling equipments
such as computers and other complementary equipment like photocopier.
1. Bill decide to stay at home for most of the time and to deal with clients online for that he
should purchase a computer, tablet, and a Smartphone. Computer system will require
approximately hardware storage capacity of about two-to-three terabytes, medium sized
RAM and ROM. These must be installed with effective anti-viruses like the AVIRA.
Moreover, business owner will have to consider purchasing web security system to protect
the business information from online hacking and the network together with computer that
will be interconnected in the network. The computer network should be bus topology since
only a few computers shall be used.
2. The hardware should be equipped with simple operating system such as windows 7/8 which
will be easier for the less skilled to operate. Windows operating system are preferred as bill
decided not to learn other operating system.
3. In additional, and for the purposes of easy information access, the business owner will
require to install light internet rooters, Wi-Fi, within his home premise so as to be able to
access information through cloud and mobile computing while just at the home comfort, and
good data bundle packages for phone browsing incase he is on transit. This will assist in
managing the business or just placing an order to the suppliers even when travelling.
Bluetooth would help with communication, however is not completely required.
4. The software can be a PowerPoint creator, spreadsheet creator, antivirus/antimalware, video
conferencing capable software, and perhaps a Cloud monitor. Owing to the smaller size of
the business, operation of the busi...


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