Computer sciences and Information technology

Computer sciences and Information technology

Technology Assessment Plan

The paper must be at least 13 pages, have a minimum of 5 resources, APA STYLE and follow the below outline verbatim:

1 Purpose
< Enter a brief description of the purpose of the technology plan. >

Example:
The purpose of this technology plan is to evaluate the organization’s existing technology infrastructure and usage in order to make recommendations for future planning and direction.

1.1 About <Company Name>
< Enter a brief description regarding your company’s core business model. Include company classification, the industry and target customer segment for your company. What service or goods does your company offer? Are they a leader in the industry? >
1.2 IT Management Structure
< Identify the IT management structure of the company. CIO, CTO, IT VP (how many and what functional areas?) A reporting chart is highly recommended. >

1.3 Technology Plan Goals
< Identify the goals of the technology plan. >

Example:
The goal of this plan is to identify the IT Infrastructure needs for the next 2 years for <Company Name> by providing:
• An inventory of current technology assets.
• IT Infrastructure documentation identifying future needs.
• A prioritized plan, including a budget, for addressing these needs.

1.4 Plan Review
< Who is responsible for the plan? How often should the plan be updated or reviewed and by whom?>

2 Executive Summary
< Describe the highlights of the technology plan. What does executive management need to know from this plan? By reading the Executive Summary, one should be able to identify and understand the technology position of the company. This section should be at least 1 page in length. It may be better to fill this out last, after all of your information has been identified.>

2.1 Statement of Needs Summary
< What are the technology needs of the company? This section may be bullet points and is at a high level. This must coincide with the recommendations made below in section 2.2.>

Example:
• Future networking expansion needs of the company
• Technology refresh program
• Business continuity plan
• Improve information security
2.2 Recommendation Summary
< After reviewing the technology needs of the company, you are to identify and explain the recommendations you think that will carry the company forward into the future. Enter a brief introduction to the below recommendations for the company. A minimum of 5 recommendations are required. >
2.2.1 <Recommendation 1>
• < Provide the high level description of each task or activity needed to accomplish the recommendation. Details will be later in the plan. >

2.2.2 <Recommendation 2>
• < Provide the high level description of each task or activity needed to accomplish the recommendation. Details will be later in the plan. >

2.2.3 <Recommendation 3>
• < Provide the high level description of each task or activity needed to accomplish the recommendation. Details will be later in the plan. >

2.2.4 <Recommendation 4>
• < Provide the high level description of each task or activity needed to accomplish the recommendation. Details will be later in the plan. >

2.2.5 <Recommendation 5>
• < Provide the high level description of each task or activity needed to accomplish the recommendation. Details will be later in the plan. >

2.3 Projected Budget Summary
< Provide a summary description of the budget for your company. The budget summary is the overall budget of the technology plan recommendations. Try to use close to real dollars figures, search the Internet for technology pricing for hardware and software. Identify how long the budget is allocated. >

Sample
Table 2.3 Total Budget for the Technology Assessment Plan (in thousands)

Recommendation Salary Software Hardware Other Costs Total

< Recommendation 1 > $ $ $ $ $
< Recommendation 2 > $ $ $ $ $
< Recommendation 3 > $ $ $ $ $
< Recommendation 4 > $ $ $ $ $
< Recommendation 5 > $ $ $ $ $
Total Estimated Cost $
3 IT Infrastructure – Current State
< Discuss the current state of the IT infrastructure of the company. >

3.1 Current Information Systems
< Identify the current high level systems that currently exist. For each system, state how these bring value to the organization? Identify the competitive advantages these systems bring to the organization. What types of systems are these, ERP, Decision Support, Database Management, Reporting, Human Resource, Customer Relationship Management, E-commerce, E-Business, etc. >

3.2 Current Information System Components
< Identify the hardware, software, data, telecommunications and networks needed to support these systems. >

3.2.1 User pc’s
< How many end users do you support? What are the current pc specifications for the users? >

3.2.2 Servers, Mainframes
< Are you running a client/server or mainframe environment, or both? Provide details of the environment setup for your organization. What types of applications are running on these? What value does it bring to the organization? >

3.2.3 Database(s)
< What database types is your organization utilizing? Identify the database types and discuss the data that these store? What value does it bring to the organization? Is the data used for any specific purpose? >

3.2.4 Network Configuration
Network diagram works great!
< Identify the type of network, topology, bandwidth and medium used in connecting your company. Most companies have multiple media types they utilize. Consider the number of users, locations, and geographic locations and barriers. >

3.3 Information Security
< Identify current security measures in place today. Consider policies, procedures, physical security, antivirus, external and internal threats, user rights/privileges, password security, etc. >

3.4 Business Continuity Plan
< What is your organization’s current business continuity plan. How will the company react in case of vital system downtime? Discuss the current data backup plan. How long does it take to completely restore from backup? Are these backups onsite or offsite? >

3.5 Technology Use Policy
< What is your organization’s current technology use policy(s)? Consider the following: Ethic code of conduct, Email and Internet usage, Information access and distribution, Company software usage, freeware usage, etc. >

4 IT Infrastructure – Future Enhancements
< Brief introduction of the technology recommendations for the company. >

< Each recommendation will cover a separate technology area at a high level, i.e. security, networking, software, hardware, human resources, external barriers. Then under each recommendation there must be at least 3 components to support the recommendation. >
4.1 Recommendation 1
< Provide an assessment or summary of your recommendation. Explain the deficiency of the current state of the company and how this recommendation will satisfy the needs of the company. Each recommendation section needs to be as thorough as possible. Bullet points, tables, graphs are acceptable and encouraged. A budget will need to be identified for each recommendation area (if applicable). >

4.1.1 <Recommendation Subcategory 1>

4.1.2 <Recommendation Subcategory 2>

4.1.3 <Recommendation Subcategory 3>

4.1.4 <Recommendation 1 Detail Budget>
< Create a table to identify the budget needed for this recommendation. >
4.2 < Recommendation 2 >
< Provide an assessment or summary of your recommendation. Explain the deficiency of the current state of the company and how this recommendation will satisfy the needs of the company. Each recommendation section needs to be a thorough as possible. Bullet points, tables, graphs are acceptable and encouraged. A budget will need to be identified for each recommendation area (if applicable). >

4.2.1 <Recommendation Subcategory 1>

4.2.2 <Recommendation Subcategory 2>
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