Project #36353 - Strategy Analysis Case Study

I find this course to be very difficult, and it is not due to just the subject, but the teacher, as well. Please review this carefully before deciding to give it a try. So far, I have yet to have a lecturer do it correctly. Can YOU handle the challenge?? Please help. 

Below is the details pulled from the course. If I can help with anything else, please let me know. Don't forget the case that is attached. 

Thanks in advance! 


Strategy Analysis Case Study

  • Given a scenario and some data, you will analyze the data using a choice of tools, draw conclusions, and write up the analysis (**For SACS Evaluation)


Strategic Analysis Case Description

  • Using the guidelines given by your instructor, and given a scenario and some data, you will analyze a case study using your choice of tools to draw conclusions, and write up the analysis. The report will be written in such a way that you would be willing to provide the report to your boss or client. In other words, your workup needs to be a professional product. In this assignment, you will need to evaluate a course of action based on your analysis of the data, which may include investments in new technologies, total cost of ownership (TCO), or other quantitative factors. In terms of IT, this might include all of the software, hardware, support, floor space, electricity consumption, security, or loss of business, opportunity costs, recurring license fees, and so forth. It is up to you to define the boundaries of the problem, and derive a solution
  • Total cost of ownership, especially as it applies to information resources and technology, includes all of the expenses, costs, and opportunity costs associated with a decision. For example, where ROI is defined as revenues or gains/expenses or costs (simply stated), total cost of ownership (TCO) includes but is not limited to:
    • costs of R&D
    • computer software and hardware purchase
    • testing cost
    • installation
    • overhead costs of acquisition and installation
    • licensing
    • electricity cost
    • costs of floor space
    • downtime, outage and failure expense
    • diminished use (e.g. cost of wait times for delays or outages)
    • security overhead (including breaches, loss of reputation, recovery and prevention)
    • storage backup and retrieval
    • auditing cost
    • insurance costs
    • personnel to perform each function


Scenario Example

  • Upgrade existing systems or purchase new ones? You have been given the following definitions, parameters, and data:
    • There are three local area networks – one that hosts the Website (the Web presence), another that hosts the internal systems (e.g. marketing, accounting and finance) and a third that hosts all of the other internal workings (R&D and QA testing). In the Web presence, there are 10 systems running Ubuntu Linux and Windows Version 7 systems. The internal systems consist of 125 desktop computers running that all host the corporate data running on Microsoft Vista, using Access and MySQL databases and MS Office and Open Office. The internal systems (R&D) have four servers that host all of the corporate development programming and data. The current run-rate for these systems is $1.25 million per year
  • You are tasked with consolidating the systems and gaining efficiencies based on the following data:
    • Current TCO = $2.75 million per year
    • Current Primary Provider = Microsoft
    • Current Expenditures = $3.25 million
  • Almost all of the systems are depreciated or obsolete
  • Budget = $4.75 million for current operations and upgrades
  • Work up an optimal solution and write a report suitable for your boss

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Due By (Pacific Time) 08/05/2014 11:59 pm
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