Project deliverable 4 due friday 11-22-13

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Project Deliverable 4: Cloud Technology and Virtualization

Due Week 7 and worth 120 points

With the merger of your company with a multinational company, you have come
to realize that progressive solutions are necessary to defray some of the
associated information technology costs.  Company executives believe that using
cloud technology and virtualization is becoming the standard for companies that
are engaged in Internet-based technologies. Your company is on the verge of
global marketing and competition; therefore, your company needs to make smarter
decisions and improve global business performance. Cloud technology and
virtualization are believed to provide business insights without enormous
infrastructure enhancements. The executive board is aware of the profound
benefits of cloud technology and virtualization but is apprehensive because they
are unfamiliar with the look and feel of the technology. The executive team is
interested in your recommendations and eagerly waiting for your forward-thinking

Section 1: Design Document

Write a four to six  (4-6) page design document in which you:

  1. Support the need for the use of cloud technology and virtualization within
    the company.
  2. Assess expected cost savings in hardware infrastructure.
  3. Determine the possible reductions of human capital that can be realized from
    implementing cloud and virtualization technologies.
  4. Create a diagram through the use of Microsoft Visio or an open source
    alternative such as Dia to illustrate how cloud and virtualization technology
    could align with the company’s business processes and assist with attainment of
    organizational goals. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in
    the required page length but must be included in the design document
  5. Provide a compelling recommendation for solution providers and partners that
    could help the company secure a firm competitive advantage by using cloud and
    virtualization technologies.  

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
  • 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.
  • Include charts or diagrams created in MS Visio or Dia as an appendix of the
    design document. All references to these diagrams must be included in the body
    of the design document.

Section 2: Revised Project Plan

Use Microsoft Project to:

  1. Update the project plan (summary and detail) template, from Project
    Deliverable 3: Database and Data Warehousing Design, with three to five (3-5)
    new project tasks each consisting of five to ten (5-10)

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment

  • Demonstrate an understanding of existing and emerging information
    technologies and strategic impact on organizational operations.
  • Explain how to develop reasoned responses to the major forces shaping the
    role of IT in organizations competing in a global economy. 
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in information
  • Write clearly and concisely about leadership issues and strategic insight of
    the Information systems domain using proper writing mechanics and technical
    style conventions.

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