Part A. Research Component: Software and Hardware Solutions
For Enterprise X to adopt a more strategic business model and embrace the inevitable paradigm shift to internetworking, it will need to do more than adopt a new Systems Architecture, it will also need to replace the components that make up its IT-Infrastructure. An obstacle for quick adoption of a new strategy is the legacy IT-Infrastructure. Analyze the challenges faced by the IT personnel in replacing legacy hardware and software. Moreover, analyze the pros and cons of the decisions regarding replacement. Bear in mind that there may be data issues and training issues to consider and address. Real-life cases that corroborate your findings and recommendations in this area will be very helpful in gaining acceptance for your plan. You should also analyze the positioning on McFarlan’s Strategic Grid in order to position the relative importance of these components with respect to cost and other factors that you might be able to identify.
To submit your assignment:
- Use Microsoft Word to write a 750- to 1000-word position paper that describes your findings and recommendations.
- You may include diagrams and illustrations to enhance and/or clarify your position on the technical issues addressed.
Part B. Presentation Component: IT/IS Models
You have already researched pertinent issues and prepared a Position Paper that will guide you in presenting your proposed strategy for Enterprise X. Now you must also prepare a new part of your strategy proposal for Enterprise X where you will evaluate the trade-offs with respect to costs and importance of the hardware and software components that make up the IT-Infrastructure of the company.
Keep in mind that each week you will work on a new component of your proposal presentation and, combined, these weekly presentations will become your final project proposal that will be published to the class in Week 5. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation with five to ten charts covering the aspects of your strategy described above.