Metric machine parts and supplies corp.

Scenario: Metric Machine Parts and Supplies Corp.


With 75,000 customers worldwide, 250 employees working in four locations in the U.S. and three European offices, and a catalog of over 100,000 parts, Metric Machine Parts and Supplies Corp. (MMPS) relies on its network for its survival. In the last decade MMPS has seen its business grow from just one location and a few local customers to the worldwide supplier it is today. But, in the process of growing exponentially, it has overwhelmed its telecommunications network, which is currently managed by an outside telecom network management company. The network crashes frequently, resulting in customer service and email interruptions that are costly to the company. The network management company is not responsive to this relatively small customer of theirs and often disagrees that there is even a problem. Since the contract with the service provider is about to expire, MMPS has decided to seek a better network solution.

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The Chief Information Officer (CIO) has outlined the key requirements for a new network for MMPS. He has explained to the executive board that a new network would have the following characteristics:

1. Availability: Business operations require maximum uptime, and quick repairs when needed.
2. Reliability: The network must function as designed and produce accurate results.
3. Scalability: MMPS continues to grow at a rapid rate, and there are plans for acquisition of several small parts suppliers and the network must support this growth.
4. Security: The confidentiality and integrity of MMPS’ data is of great importance, as well as the protection of their customers’ data.
5. Flexibility: It must be responsive to the changing needs of the business.
6. Performance: The network must provide quick access for employees and customers.
7. Manageability: The network must be designed and implemented so that it can be managed by a small team of centrally located IT specialists.
8. Economic efficiency: The ongoing operations and maintenance costs should offset the initial investment costs, reducing the long-term total cost of ownership of the network.
The MMPS executives have agreed that they need a business network with higher reliability, security, and scalability, but lower costs, than the existing externally managed network. The CIO has proposed that MMPS design and implement its own network that uses advanced technologies for high availability, efficiency and security management, which can be operated by a very small IT department. He proposes to use virtual private network technologies to connect remote offices and users securely and to facilitate company expansion.

The CIO has asked you to develop a three-page white paper that provides the following:
• definition of the business or technical problem
• discussion of the problem within the context of the scenario
• recommendation of the application of technology, processes, and policies that solve the problem
• discussion of the impact or risks of the applied solution within the context of business strategy and managerial perspective
• identification, analysis, and mitigations of risks of the recommended solution.

The Assignment:
Briefly define the business problem and discuss it in the context of the scenario. Briefly describe the proposed technology solution, processes and policies to solve the problem. Then discuss the impact or risks of the applied solution within the context of the business strategy and managerial perspective. Then discuss the challenges and security risks that result from implementing the proposed solution. Propose mitigation strategies for the challenges and risks identified.

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