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This assignment continuous the story of the
two organisations you had selected in the first assignment (preliminary work)
and uses the basis of the second assignment (research paper 1).
In this third assignment (research paper 2)
you now need to address how these two organisations can improve business
operations by changing their communication systems and network elements and by
adopting new network technologies and/or improvements to management
Continuing on your previous work, you are
now required to determine what is needed to support the two organisations
competitive advantage. You have gained a good understanding about these
organisations through these previous assignments, where you used your
assumptions to create a whole picture of the current communication systems and
network elements. This will have to be tailored to the type of the
organisation, their overall history (taking both previous assignments into
Consider that you may have been employed as
a management consultant to advise the organisation on the most cost effective
and most suitable recommendation addressing the organisations particular
needs. You need to determine how each of
these organisations can adopt to improve the existing communication systems and
network elements to build on top of the existing ones.
This requires you to find a balance that
provides a workable custom solution.
Rather than taking the best of everything, financial costs and the
impact of the changes to the organisation will need to be considered and
justified. It would be acceptable to
phase certain changes to find the most suitable solution.
It is vitally important to have a good
understanding of how the organisations services are delivered and how the
different components connect to provide these services. This is fundamental for selecting a solution.
For example, considering the application
layer firewalls require the whole domain of knowledge to be able to make an
appropriate decision. The application layer provides information on the type of
services this can be used on, and things that may be affected by its
implementation, such as the likelihood of bottleneck in processing. The
application layer also provides information about the appropriate network
structure and the separations that need to be in place to make it an effective
solution. This in turn then requires determining if the current infrastructure
and services have the right design to allow the implementation. It also requires determining if employees
have the necessary skills. It questions its suitability for the business needs
and connections with external partners.
Any changes in the IT infrastructure will most likely have some ripple
effect on how services are utilised and delivered, internally and externally,
to the organisation.
When considering these technologies it is
easy to arrive at a conclusion that one type of solution is better than
another. However, the technologies must
be integrated within the existing network, and therefore it is necessary to
determine which new technologies are appropriate for the organisation.
Clarify how the organisation and its
partners use the current services and structure to determine feasible level of
adoption of technologies that are to be integrated into these existing
networks. This needs to be achieved with the least amount of conversion or
rebuilding to provide the predicted benefits.
It also requires keeping in mind that in the industry time is money, and
to get approval for these changes, costs need to be kept reasonable. It is also
important to keep in mind that the costs include not only the new technologies,
but also the cost of rebuilding or converting the existing network and training. When you reflect on your recommendations to
management of these organisations, you need to consider if all of this is
really feasible to implement. Your
recommendations must be something that the organisation can adopt to enhance
their current communication systems and network elements. Your design will need to ensure that it does
not only bring the organisation to a more up to date state, but places the
organisation in a position of further expansion and upgrade.
Therefore, you need to consider what
information is needed to make appropriate decisions of information needs. This should be geared toward understanding
the issues. Anything that is not directly related to the question or
strengthens the argument or aids the understanding of issues is hindering the
objective of this paper. You need to be
very focused and selective on the information you provide and how you present
it. The word limit is aimed at ensuring that you do. Be succinct, use in text citing to back up
your suggestions and view so that you are able to argue your suggestions for
the new technologies. Organisations are very critical of the potential gains
that costly changes will bring to them, and the better you can argue and backup
through citing, the more convincing you will be.
Structure of research paper
The reading of the journal papers for your
first assignment, the Essay, has already provided you with good understanding
on how a paper is written. When you write your research paper, you will be
addressing it to the specific situation of your organisation. However, imagine
that you would want to publish it in a journal so that other organisations can
also think about your guidelines.
Organise your research paper in the
Title (you are required to
provide your paper’s title)
Your name and student number
Abstract (about 100 words)
Body context (you could divide
into several sub-sections if required)
The word-count limit for the introduction,
body and conclusion of this paper is set at about 3,000 words. Use five (5) or
more resources for your citing and referencing in Harvard style. Make sure to provide the name of the
organisation as well as the URL, values, vision, and mission statement.
Please note that all assessment items in
this course must adhere to the correct Harvard citing and referencing. For this purpose links have been provided to
you on the study desk. However, you can consult the library web site for
further details and clarifications.
Submit your assignment into EASE. Please note that the link will be visible to
you only when the assignment is due. Do not email the essay to the course
leader. If you are unable to upload, notify the course leader of the issue so
that it may be resolved so that you can upload the assessment.
Marking criteria for research paper 2
___________________________ Student number: ____________________
Logical flow leading the reader
Reason to support findings:
Understood the course material;
Citing and referencing: Correct format