Technology Architecture Sketch

Your main objectives for this assignment are to read the Laudon and Laudon textbook chapters (5-7) on technologies and then apply this knowledge to develop a technology architecture sketch for the company described in Exhibit1.

Deliverable: You will need to prepare a report that is uploaded to the Discussion Forum (10 points) and then discussed among you to learn from each other about these topics. This report will be the basis of many questions in Exam1 (around 100 points). Basically, the purpose of this assignment is to prepare you for Exam1. Basically, if you don’t do this homework assignment, you will fail the Exam.

Part A: IT Infrastructure and Databases

IT Infrastructure Development
• Based on your study of the chapter, answer the following simple questions:
o How do you see the IT infrastructure evolution? Does Mobile and Cloud computing affect Moore’s Law or the Law of Mass Digital Storage?
o The book talks about cloud computing. It divides cloud computing into 3 types. Come up with 5 examples for each type of service. Give the name of the product or the company that offers the service and a short description what the service is all about and the advantage it will give you when you use this service.

• For the Company in Exhibit1:
o Identify the computer platforms that show the computers and system software (e.g., operating system) that will be used in the company.
o Smart is the trend of today, can you come up with an idea to make this part smart?
o Would you use cloud computing? Why or why not?

Databases and Business Intelligence

• Based on your study of the chapter, answer the following simple questions:
o What is the difference between a database and a data warehouse?
o How does a database support business intelligence?
o What is an OODBMS? What is the advantage and disadvantage over RDBMS?

• For the Company in Exhibit1:
o Develop a conceptual model of databases that will be used in the company. You should list 5 major database tables to be used by the company, their contents (e.g., list of fields) and interrelationships (ER diagram).
o List 10 database queries (in English) that the company will use most commonly with these databases. Then translate the queries into SQL.

Part B: Networks, Internet, the Web and Security
• Based on your study of the chapters, answer the following simple questions:
o What is a computer network and what components should it contain?
o What effect has “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” or Cloud computing on a business network?
o What is the difference between Web and the Internet? Are they the same?
o What are the unique features of a wireless network that do not exist in wired networks
o What is the basic difference between WiMax and Wifi
o Why is HTML5 considered important for mobile devices
o What are the basic security technologies commonly used in organizations (list about 5)

• For the Company in Exhibit1:
o Develop the network (LAN, WAN, wireless) that will interconnect the computers with very rough costs.
o Smart is the trend of today, can you come up with an idea to make this part smart?
o Would you use cloud computing? Why or why not?

• For the Company in Exhibit1, develop a security management plan that will secure the company assets (technical such as servers plus physical such as buildings).

• For the Company in Exhibit1:
o An IT architecture diagram should include Internet and web technologies, the computers, the databases, and the applications (where do they reside and how they are interconnected). This diagram should put all the pieces together and show how they are interconnected and accessed.
o Create the TCO for the architecture, try to be as complete as possible, state your predictions with information you got from the internet.

Optional: Developing a Simple Website and a Simple Database for the Company shown in Exhibit1

Note: This is primarily intended for students with insufficient background in IT.

• Develop a simple website for the company shown in Exhibit1. The site should consist of about 3 web pages (a home page, a products page and another page). You can use any technology you want (MS Word, HTML, other tools)
• Develop a simple database for the company shown in Exhibit1. The database should be developed by using MS Access and consist of 2 tables. You can use Part A results for this exercise.

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