LYT2 Current and Emerging Technology
Simple Gateways Request for Proposal
Simple Gateways was a positively easy task to setup with fundamental administrative operational functions. However, the drawback to progress in growth and expansion was probable. The company makes more revenue due to the rapid increase of customer demand for the company’s service, known as economies of scale. However, Simple Gateways could possibly fall into difficulties running the day-to-day operations of a small business, also known as diseconomy of scale (Ordóñez et al, 2012). The company’s growth is existent but also in diseconomy of scale. Communication is crucial for Simple Gateways, and as such it is preeminent that communication be faultless. The daily operations within the company are setup by an inefficient system of collective problems in terms of efficiency, accuracy and time management. Key stakeholders are affected negatively by the lack of an effective communication system. Information is not easily disseminated between departments, interrupting the operations within the company and creating redundancy in record keeping. Much improvement needs to be done to salvage the situation. Information should be readily available for all the stakeholders on demand. There should be a smooth transparency of information between department managers and subordinate staff alike. In addition, Simple Gateways must have an effective system implemented for further future growth and efficiency. The information system currently being used by Simple Gateways is not practical. There are time wastage, record redundancy and lacks security measures to its data. The system is not working for the company. An ideal system should supply to every need of Simple Gateways, including the security, access and processing of documents flawless and efficient.
The best technological solution I propose Gateways RFP to use is to implement a distributed system. A distributed system is an application that has several autonomous components that are connected by a computer network (Coulouris, 2012). Users of a distributed systems share resources and cooperate to perform a single or small set of related tasks. The system is very scalable as it can operate correctly even as some aspect of the system is scaled to a large size. The system is also very secure as it authenticates people who want to access data and services. A distributed system can be extended to accommodate more processing and storage by upgrading or replacing individual components without major disruption. The proposed distributed system will eliminate multiple versions of documents because it has the capability of mutual exclusion. Since Simple Getaways has multiple processes, the proposed system will be programmed using critical regions (Misra, 2010). A critical region refers to a section that holds a shared resource and this resource can only be accessed by one process at a time. Mutual exclusion (MUTEX) allows only one process at the critical section at a time thus preventing multiple updates of a document by different staffs. The proposed system will use distributed file system to facilitate information and documents sharing which can either permanently store information or only share information. The distributed file system will provide storage and retrieval, naming, sharing and protection of documents. Offices will share information through remote information sharing that allows a document to be transparently accessed by any office irrespective of the document’s location. The proposed system will also facilitate information sharing by the use of diskless workstations. The proposed system will digitize and automate the workflow by having an interface to facilitate interaction between the user of the system and the system itself. In case a user make, a request will only results of the request provided and implementation details hidden (Langsford & Moffett, 1993). The...
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Ordóñez, . P. P., Tennyson, R. D., & Zhao, J. (2012). Global hospitality and tourism management technologies. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference.
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