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    Description and Challenge

    Your instructor is tasked with developing an updated IT division in alignment with a business model for a large business reorganization. An old high school friend, James Zilack, Jr., has called your instructor, offering the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Zilack Corporation.

    Zilack Corporation is a medium-sized manufacturing company that has just received a large sum of money from a venture capitalist. The venture capitalist and James Jr. are predicting 100 percent growth in one year. To achieve that growth, productivity will need to increase by a similar amount. This is where you come in. The IT division must be updated to assist Zilack's business model to plan for and predict future growth and profits.

    This is a unique opportunity. James Jr. has taken over from his father, James Sr., CEO of Zilack for 37 years. The problem lies in Zilack's current IT division, which has been separate from the other Zilack divisions without connections. Zilack's business model and IT division are outdated and in need of new ideas and new employees to implement the ideas. James Sr. did not believe in delegating management responsibilities to others. "I am in charge of everything!" James Sr. would say. Furthermore, he has not been seeking and implementing new ideas nor has he paid much attention to issues facing his company or employees. The 100 percent growth projection has James Jr. concerned with these questions:

    Network Architecture Department Plan (N) by [insert Networking Manager name].
    Research on issues and trends pertinent for the Network Architecture department. Present ideas for the updated IT division that addresses these trends and issues for Zilack's business model in two of the following categories:

    o Network.
    o E-mail.
    o Internal and external connectivity.
    o Internal application and desktop support.
    o Other: please specify.

    The Network Architecture department must be focused on the networking technology required to support other organizational departments to assure the following:
    ? Acquires, selects, and keeps employees and customers.
    ? Creates value for its employees and customers.
    ? Goes to the market with promotion strategy and distribution strategy.
    ? Defines and differentiates its product offerings.
    ? Defines the tasks that the business will perform.
    ? Develops a sustainable presence with respect to the environment and society.
    ? Plans for its resources to capture profit.
    ? Adheres to an established organization code of ethics.

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    Network Architecture Department

    As the organization grows, it faces more challenges. To meet the challenges, it needs high quality support. With the growth of the organization, network infrastructure complexities also increase. To provide connectivity across the organization, network infrastructure plays an important role. IT infrastructure's one of the key component is network. It covers all the areas which are necessary to provide the connectivity across the organization. For instance, it covers all the hardware, software and transport capabilities. For the success of the organization, it is essential for the organization to adopt and implement the network architectural standards for the whole organization.
    Network architecture can be defined as the design of a computer network or structure of communication network. Network architecture is a basis of providing the design, construction, modification and operation of a communication network. Network architecture also includes the physical configuration, operational structure and procedure, facilities and the data formats in use for the structure of communication network. In the present times, the distributing computing has become very popular and the network architecture defines the classification and implementation of the computing architectures. To take the benefits of the network architecture, it is important for the user to know about the installing and configuring the proper network. Computer provides many services like exchanging files, storing files on a file server, sending and receiving e-mail, sharing information, browsing web pages, printing to the department printer etc.
    Network Architecture Plan for Zilack Corporation
    In this case, Zilack Corporation is a manufacturing company. It is a medium sized company which wants to expand its business. Financial resources are arranged by a venture capitalist. Venture capital is the capital which is provided for the risky ventures or for the creation and expansion of the business. James Jr. has taken over the responsibility of the business from his father who is the CEO of the Zilack Corporation from last 37 years. James Jr. and funds provider venture capitalist are predicting the 100 percent growth in one year. To achieve this growth target, it is essential that the productivity of the Zilack Corporation also increases by a similar amount. To improve the productivity of the business, it needs a developed IT division. IT division should be updated so that it can provide assistance to the Zilack's business model. Its division should be such that would help the ...

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