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Unit 9

[IT190: Foundations in Information Technology]

Unit 9 Final Project
Requirements:
Proposal
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 constructed.

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 protection Backups are perfor med 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 c ouple of newer employees are using W indows 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 backups 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. R emember, as well, that as an accounting firm, security is of the utmost importance. Your proposal should consider the following:

Unit 9

[IT190: Foundations in Information Technology]

A. C omputers for each employee (Marketing has indicated a preference for Macs due to their graphic capability)
B. Be sure to include the hardware requirements for each model and why you are making the recommendations that you are
C. Application software requirements for each computer
a. Accounting software
b. Graphic design software (for mar keting)
c. Browser
d. Security
e. Any additional software you feel will be necessary
D. Operating system recommendations for all computers
E. N etwork operating system recommendation
F. N etwork hardware
G. Backup System
H. Additional devices that employees may require (PDAs, Cell Phones, Printers, Scanners, etc).
R emember 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.
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. R emember the requirements for a good presentation. Refer to the following websites for some tips:
i. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-tips-for- preparing- a-professionalpresentation/ ii....
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