Tasks: System Architecture Tasks
- Jesse wants me to recommend a vendor who offers an ERP strategy. I need to review the SAP and Oracle Web sites, and at least two others that offer ERP solutions, and reply to her with the results and the reasons for my recommendations.
- Visit SCR's data library to review SCR's network configuration and then send Jesse a recommendation for the TIMS system architecture. She wants me to suggest an overall client/server design, number of tiers, and network topology. She also asked me to comment on these issues: legacy data, Web-centricity, scalability, security, and batch processing that might be needed. Jesse said it was OK to make reasonable assumptions in my proposal to her.
Now you can visit the SAP and Oracle sites, then do an Internet search for other ERP solutiuons. You should read about Internet search tools and techniques in Part 5 of the Systems Analyst's Toolkit.
In Task 2 you have to make a comprehensive recommendation for a system architecture. A reminder: it is perfectly OK to make any reasonable assumptions you need to make when you develop the proposal. This will be a challenge, but I know you can do it.