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The accounting firm, for which you work as an IT administrator, consisting of 40 

employees has just merged with a smaller firm consisting of 10 employees. The smaller 

firm does not have an IT administrator on staff. As a result of the merger, a new building 

has been purchased to accommodate the additional employees in the city’s downtown 

historical district. (See attached floor plans below.)

The building has been included on the city’s register of historic buildings. The building 

has significant architectural features on the interior that must be maintained in 

compliance with the city’s historic landmark district and zoning ordinance. As a result, 

the interior can be updated only to make it structurally sound. All other architectural 

features must be maintained or restored to the same state as when the building was 


Currently, the employees of the smaller firm are using older model Dell computers (circa 

2005) with a Windows XP operating system. They are using a peer to peer network. 

Their employees are currently using Microsoft Small Office Accounting® Software, 

Microsoft Works, and Internet Explorer. They use avast!® (free version) for malware Unit 9 [IT190: Foundations in Information Technology]

protection. Backups are performed by individuals when they feel it is necessary. There 

is no company standard for backup.

Your company is also in desperate need of hardware updates. Most employees are 

using older systems with Windows XP. A couple of newer employees are using 

Windows Vista. You have a client/server network using Windows 2000 server. Your 

accountants use either Intuit® QuickBooks® or Sage® Peachtree® software. You are 

currently using Symantec™ Antivirus™ Corporate protection. Your company currently 

performs full back-ups monthly, differential backups weekly, and incremental backups 

nightly. These backups are made to an onsite server.

You now need to integrate all of the employees onto a single network. Your boss has 

requested that you prepare a proposal for integration to present to the city council and 

the investors. Remember, as well, that as an accounting firm, security is of the utmost 

importance. The chapter references following each question should give you a good 

starting point for your research. Your proposal should consider the following:

A. Computers for each employee (Marketing has indicated a preference for Macs due 

to their graphic capability). Be sure to include the make, model, and price for each 

computer you recommend. (Chapter 1)

B. Be sure to include the hardware requirements for each model and why you are 

making the recommendations that you are. You should summarize the key hardware 

requirements for each computer – for instance, hard drive storage, RAM, CPU 

information, etc. For each component, be certain to explain why this is an important 

consideration and how it will benefit your company. (Chapters 2, 6)

C. Application software requirements for each computer (Chapters 3, 4)

a. Accounting software (review what the companies are currently using. What 

functions do they have? Will you keep one or both of the current options, or 

choose something new? Why?)

b. Graphic design software (for marketing) – remember, they will be using this 

for designing such items as the company logo, website, yellow page 

advertisements along with other marketing materials.

c. Browser – explain why you chose the particular browser (i.e. security, 

convenience, ease of use, etc…)

d. Security – be certain to discuss the companies’ original security measures. 

Are they appropriate? Why or why not? Then consider both physical and 

logical security options for your network.

e. Any additional software you feel will be necessary 

D. Operating system recommendations for all computers. (Chapter 5) 

Explain the reasoning behind your choice. Why did you choose this browser for your 

particular firm? Unit 9 [IT190: Foundations in Information Technology]

E. Network operating system recommendation (Chapter 7)

F. Network hardware – you should include anything you think you will need based on 

your reading from the book and any web research that you have done. (Chapter 7)

G. Backup System – remember that you should consider the location of your backup, 

and not just the software and schedule. (Chapter 9)

H. Additional devices that employees may require (PDAs, Cell Phones, Printers, 

Scanners, etc. (TiF – IT Ethics, Chapter 8)

I. Security – how will you secure your system? Remember to include both physical and 

logical security in your discussion. (Chapter 9)

Remember to give your justification for each of your decisions. Don’t just provide a list 

of your final recommendations. Assume that your audience has only basic computer 

knowledge. Also, please be sure to cite your sources! Everything should be 

summarized in your own words!

Project Format

Your final project may be in one of the following formats. If you would like to make your 

presentation in a format not listed here, please check with your instructor.

1. PowerPoint Presentation

a. You will prepare a detailed presentation for implementing your plan to the city 

council and investors. 

b. For the presentation you can use PowerPoint and incorporate various tools 

like Jing screencasts, Authorpoint (where you can narrate the PowerPoint 

presentation), Videos, Animoto, images, etc. 

c. The PowerPoint presentation should be at least 10-15 slides (excluding cover 

and reference slides)

d. Remember the requirements for a good presentation. Search term: 

Powerpoint tips

e. Please use the Notes section on your slides in order to fill in any information 

that you are not including on your slide. You can also include an audio file 

with your presentation.

f. Please remember to include a slide with references you used in preparing 

your presentation.Unit 9 [IT190: Foundations in Information Technology]

2. Video/Audio

a. You may also choose to prepare a video or audio presentation (Podcast)

b. The video/audio presentation should be at least 5 minutes in length and 

include all the required information

c. The video/audio can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo®, Screencast® 

d. Provide the link for the video/audio in a word document along with your 

citations for the presentation

e. Please provide a separate outline and reference page with your submission.

3. Written Paper

a. Finally, you may choose to present this information in the form of a written 

paper in Microsoft Word

b. The paper should be 3-5 pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) 

and include all the required information

c. Please include a reference page for your citations

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