Due date is August 8th (Friday) (08/07/15) @ 7pm Pacific Time
Guidelines for submission: This paper should be submitted as a one- to two- (1-2) page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and citations in APA format (Please cite atleast one or two sources).
Milestone 3 - Additional Considerations and Conclusion (Sections IV and V)
The overview: section below is just a description of what’s expected for the final project. This is NOT the final project. This is Milestone (Project 3). For what is required, please read the prompt: part below.
Overview: In the final project for this course, you will imagine that you are an intern at the small business in the scenario provided and have been asked by the owner to research options for improving the business’s performance through the use of technology. Specifically, the owner wants to expand the business’s retail presence into online sales and ensure a positive customer experience by incorporating intelligent systems into the website. You will create a memo for the business owner that analyzes the business’s stated and anticipated technology and information system requirements, compares and contrasts different technology solutions available, and provides suggestions on technology opportunities that would support the business venture. You should explain in detail how the different options could help grow the business and/or improve operational efficiency and client satisfaction, using real-world examples and references to support the suggestions. You should also keep in mind that the business owner is not a technology specialist. Consequently, you should use nontechnical language in crafting the memo and remember that the owner may not always know what technology is needed to carry out a particular option or how much it costs.
Prompt: For this paper, you will submit a paper that explains other factors the business owner should consider when making IT decisions related to the proposed expansion. Also, summarize your findings for the business owner and suggest some next steps. In the first portion of this paper, consider what compatibility issues exist with the different options and what factors the business owner should consider when deciding whether to use in-house or external IT resources and services. Finally, suggest how you would go about selecting the best options for this business given the IT needs and available solutions you found and any potential next steps for the business in light of your findings.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
IV. Additional Considerations. Use this section to explain other factors the business owner should consider when making IT decisions related to the proposed expansion. Your memo should cover the following:
A. What compatibility issues exist with the different options? Be sure to explain your response in terms of how these issues affect the business process. For example, how can the current system be used with the new technology, or, if it cannot, what needs to be done to migrate from the current to the new technology? To illustrate your points, you may want to include real-world examples of what has or has not worked for other companies.
B. What factors should the business owner consider when deciding whether to use in-house or external IT resources and services such as cloud computing or companies that specialize in hosting online stores? Be sure to discuss short-term and long-term trade-offs in your response.
V. Conclusion. In this section, you should summarize your findings for the business owner and suggest some next steps. Specifically, you should complete the following tasks:
A. Suggest how you would go about selecting the best options for this business given the IT needs and available solutions you found. Are there particular solutions you would recommend? Why or why not? In presenting your suggestions, use language and arguments that the business owner can easily understand. Justify your response.
B. Suggest potential next steps for the business in light of your findings, using language the business owner can easily understand. Justify your response. For example, should the business purchase an e-commerce package from a vendor for a comprehensive solution? Should the business owner order additional order additional hardware and/or software to support the expansion internally? Should he or she consult with a web designer? Why or why not?
I have attached the scenario guidelines and grading rubric document (PDF format) for information. Please message me if you need any additional information.
Thank you so much
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||08/07/2015 07:00 pm