Supporting Activity
Lease Versus Buy
Write a 200- to 300-word short-answer response using the operations previously chosen to answer the following questions:

• What are the advantages of leasing hardware as opposed to buying it? What are the financial ramifications of each approach?

Assignment 2
Supporting Activity
Using a Consultant
Write a 200- to 300-word short-answer response to the following questions:

• What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a consultant to determine the hardware and networking needs of an organization? What are some questions the consultant might ask as he or she is performing this sort of assessment?

Assignment 3

You have been hired by the organization of your choice. Your job is to bring them into the 21st century in terms of supporting their staff with state-of-the-art hardware.

Write a 2- to 3-page executive summary that includes the following:

Recommendations for each of the following departments in the organization, regarding the type of hardware that might result in increased productivity:

o Sales
o Marketing
o IT
o Business intelligence
o Executive staff (the CEO and staff)

Price and sourcing options for the organization

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Assignment 4

The company is still Walmart
Part 3: Statement of Work (SOW) and Request for Proposal (RFP)

Develop a SOW and RFP for all IT assets your team recommends supporting via cloud computing.

The SOW must contain the following information:

• Scope of work: Describe the work to be done in detail.
• Period of performance: Specify when you would like the work to start and to be completed.
• Deliverable schedule: Create a list of specific deliverables that the vendor must deliver and when.
• Acceptance criteria: Describe how your organization will determine if the work is acceptable.

The RFP is based on the SOW and must contain the following information:

• Introduction

o Description of your company
o Business goals
o Project goals
o Time constraints
o Budget constraints

• Requirements: Description of what is needed

• Administration Information

o Who may apply
o How to apply
o Confidentiality
o References
o Whom to contact for clarification
o What format the proposal needs use
o When the proposal should be submitted (date information)
o Timeframe for when a vendor will be selected
o Selection criteria
o Other