Question Description

You are currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for an innovative 
Internet-based company with gross revenues of more than $35 million dollars per 
year. During an executive leadership meeting, you were told that your company 
will be merging with a multinational company of equal size and you will be 
responsible for developing a project plan to strategically integrate all 
systems, including databases and infrastructure. The Chief Executive Officer has 
given you sixty (60) days to deliver an information technology project plan in 
anticipation of the company merger. Your company will be expanding from one (1) 
floor to three (3) floors within six (6) months. Since this merger will be 
bringing two (2) fairly equal-sized companies together under one roof, the 
infrastructure must be redesigned to accommodate the increased needs. Your 
company currently uses operational systems and relational databases but desires 
to expand into data warehousing. All information technology (hardware and 
software) must be redesigned to meet organizational needs. The solution should 
be implemented in either a hosted solution, on-site solution, or a hybrid model. 
The CEO is expecting you to integrate different technologies from different 
solution providers and incorporate industry best practices in connection with 
the development of technological systems. In addition, the CEO is extremely 
interested in cloud technologies and virtualization but is leery of security 
issues; however, the CEO is sure that you will implement proper security 
protocols. The company currently consists of twenty five (25) employees but is 
expected to increase to sixty five (65) employees when the merger is 
complete. 

Section 1: Project Introduction

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Write a four  to six (4-6) page project introduction that documents the 
current state of the organization prior to any development or enhancements, 
takes into account all the information given above, and includes the 
following:

  1. Background information of the company.
  2. Details regarding the type of business activities that the company is 
    involved in.
  3. Speculation on outsourcing and offshoring opportunities.
  4. A description of the current information systems that the company has to 
    support the business. The description should include an overview of the 
    following: operational systems, databases, and data warehousing; 
    cloud technology and virtualization; and  network infrastructure and security.
  5. The use of at least two (2) quality resources in this assignment. Note: 
    Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 
    resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch 
    margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or 
    school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional 
    instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s 
    name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and 
    the reference page are not included in the required assignment page 
    length.

Section 2: Project Plan

Use Microsoft Project to create a project plan (summary and detailed) 
template. The project plan should:

  1. Record all tasks, subtasks, resources, and time related to the project.
  2. Outline the planning, analysis, design, and implementation phases.
  3. Develop in accordance with the SDLC.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment 
are:

  • Describe the integrative functions and activities within the information 
    systems area, including the role of the CIO and technologies managed within the 
    organization. 
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in information 
    systems.
  • Write clearly and concisely about leadership issues and strategic insight of 
    the Information systems domain using proper writing mechanics and technical 
    style conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / 
organization of the paper, and language and writing skills. Click here to access the rubric for this assignment. Click here to review the Capstone Project

 
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