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Evolving IT in to a Cloud Computing System.

Melissa McCord
Managerial Applications of Information Technology
Keller Graduate School of Management
August 15, 2012

Table of Continence

Abstract............................................................................................................................................3 Company Background.....................................................................................................................3 Business Problems...........................................................................................................................4 High Level Solution.........................................................................................................................5 Benefits of Solving Problems..........................................................................................................5 Approach..........................................................................................................................................6 Business Process Changes...............................................................................................................8 Solution............................................................................................................................................8 Recommendations……………………………………………………………..............................12 Implementation plan……………………………………………………………………………..12 Summary…...…………………………………………………………………………………….13 Reference.......................................................................................................................................14

Abstract
The business problem is not having enough space on the servers to run all applications as needed, reducing maintance cost on servers and other equipment, increasing our overall productive in all departments by eliminating down time, and allow the ability to increase our processing power at peak times. Company Background

Buckeye Power company was formed in 1936 by a group of farmers who wanted to get electric services out to the rural communities. In the beginning there were only five members and it took the company a year to get the first electric pole up and ready for service. They spent the next decade developing their memberships, trustees and employees and learn how to function as an organization. After WWII the company really started to develop by hiring more employees, purchasing trucks and installing new services. In the 1960’s is really were you see the most growth in the company. In that year the doubled there service territory by purchasing another company, and in 1962 they again doubled their service territory thru the acquisition of another company.

Today we are governed by a board of directors that are in charge of making policies, procedures, decisions, and choosing a president to see that these things are done. There are a total of two hundred and fifty people that are divided into five different offices that server over 110,000 members that span over 24 counties in Ohio that puts the Co-Op at one of the largest in the country. With all of that said the company is structured so that the main head quarters is in a central location which houses all of the main functions of the business such as IT, accounting, human resources, dispatching, all of the vice presidents, and the president. This central location houses all of the company’s servers and computer infrastructure. So if we have a problem with a system that requires someone to visit another office we are looking at between one hour to eight hours for a round trip. This in its self causes a lot of downtime for the other offices while they are waiting for their computer issues to be fixed. Business Problems

Buckeye Power has several different software programs that are essential to the company being able to run. These programs are Oracle, Command Center, Ersi and our core operating system that it custom made the...
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