IT Infrastructure Assignment | Real Simple Streaming (RSS)

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KOGOD BUSINESS SCHOOLIT InfrastructureReportABC[Pick the date]
ContentsA.Introduction........................................................................................................................................2B.The applications portfolio what is.......................................................................................................2B.1 Strategic Grid.....................................................................................................................................4B.1.1 Factory........................................................................................................................................5B.1.2 Strategic......................................................................................................................................6B.1.3 Support.......................................................................................................................................7B.1.4 Turnaround.................................................................................................................................7C.Business benefits & opportunities.......................................................................................................8C.1 Individual...........................................................................................................................................9C.2 Function...........................................................................................................................................10C.3 Organization....................................................................................................................................10D.1. Business transformation and development.......................................................................................11D.1.1. User’s exploitation -....................................................................................................................14D.1.2. Internal integration –...................................................................................................................14D.1.3. Redesign of Kogod’s overall process-.........................................................................................15D.1.4. Redesign of Kogod’s network-...................................................................................................15D.1.5. Kogod’s redefinition of scope-....................................................................................................16E.1. Strategic information plan..................................................................................................................16E.1.1. Enhancement of the student facing system..................................................................................17Feasibility factors..............................................................................................................................17Strategic factors.................................................................................................................................18E.1.2. Enhancement of the advanced student queries routing system....................................................18Feasibility factors..............................................................................................................................18Strategic factors.................................................................................................................................19F. Conclusions & Recommendations.........................................................................................................20References.................................................................................................................................................21
A.IntroductionThe Kogod Business School operates in the educational industry in America. It is associated withthe American University in Washington, D.C. It is one of the top business schools of Americaand attracts the students from 60 or more countries. The business school offers both the graduateand the undergraduate programs to its students who come from all over the world. So, this showsthat the organization is involved in the business of providing education to the students. Thevision of this business school is to support the value of the mobile technology on its campus andto enable its students to access the technology via mobile phones. So, to fulfill its vision, thebusiness school plans to become the first business school that provides BlackBerry devices to the300 business students of graduation and the faculty of the school. The mission of the schools isto engage the students of the college in a meaningful way by creating a wireless strategy forthem and to empower them with the technology so that they feel the experience of the educationis a different way. The goals of Kogod business School is to extend the BlackBerry EnterpriseSolution beyond the e-mails so that the students of this business school remain engaged with thecourses and the faculties throughout the academic experience. Further, in order to fulfill thevision and mission statements of the University the director wanted to implement the technologyof streaming media which will help the campus to remained connected and will evolve aroundthe university goals, improvise communication and develop community to a great extent, etc. So,the university decided to come up the RSS (Real simple streaming) technology is defined as atechnique for transferring the data which can be processed at a continuous and a steady stream.The RSS technology includes the audio and a video content which is delivered in a form ofcompression through the internet and it is being played spontaneously instead of being saving tothe hard drive. In the RSS technology, the media is transferred through a server application and itis being received and shown in real time by an application.The Kogod business school chose
Real Simple Streaming (RSS) as a way to push out student-selected web content to BlackBerry®devices, including coursework, admissions, job listings and news media. RSS is based on atraditional web model for viewing content, but combined with BlackBerry, it becomes a way topush syndicated, spam-free content according to the user’s specifications. Many newsorganizations, such as the Washington Post, use this on-demand approach to send content to itssubscribers.B.The applications portfolioThe application portfolio is referred to the collection of applications of software along with theservices which are relied on the software which helps in attaining the mission, vision and thegoals of the organization.The concept of application portfolio brings together the existing,planned and potential information systems and it helps in assessing the contribution of these inthe business of the company. In the applications portfolio, a “matrix” approach is adopted inwhich the management is willing and able to categorize the systems in a particular way (Stettina,2015). The matrix is being used in the application portfolio as it will help in determining theadoption of the systems of information technology and how they will impact the functioning ofthe Kogod business school to a great extent. Further, this will help the university to find a waywhich will lead to the engagement of students in a vibrant experience of education and providevaluable information beyond the traditional web and e-mail communications. The KogodBusiness School have created a system to facilitate the students with access to internet as aresource and an access to the resources of the college that the faculty etc. will provide to thestudents.The Information Technology Assessment and Adoption Matrix (ITAA)
In the applications portfolio, the composite matrix will be used which is the InformationTechnology Assessment and Adoption Matrix (ITAA) developed by Munro and Huff(Davenport, 2013). This matrix helps in determining that how the companies adopt the ITsystems as a competitive weapons. The developers of the matrix have identified that thecompanies are either driven by technology or they are driven by issues. When the organization isdriven by technology, they look for ways in which they can deploy the new technology to theiradvantage. When the organization is driven by issues, the company looks for the newopportunities for its business within the scope and the known possibilities of the existingtechnology. This matrix will help in determining the importance of IT to Kogod School ofBusiness and it will also determine the impact of IT on business processes of the companycurrently and in the near future.HighTechnology DrivenNormative IdealLowOpportunisticIssues DrivenLowHighThe above model is the ITAA matrix. The matrix depicts that when the organization has lowissue and low technology emphasis, that mean it is opportunistic, when the emphasis of theorganization is high on the issue and high on technology, then it is technology driven. When theissue emphasis is high but the technology emphasis is low, that means the organization is issuesdriven and finally when the technology emphasis is high and the issue emphasis sis low, theorganization is normative ideal.TechnologyEmphasisIssue Emphasis
As per the composite matrix, the Kogod Business School is technology driven because itemphasizes more on the technology and less on the issues. The organization needs to focus moreon the technology or the IT because the school emphasis on using the mobile technology forcarrying out its business processes and for using its mobile technology applications in theeducation environment. The school wants to streamline the technology so that the spam-freecontent is pushed to the students on their devices. This will improve the communication in thecampus regarding the events, the current events could be shared with the students in the class andthe students will get a competitive edge in the market. Therefore, the RSS technology will be themost suitable one for the Kogod business school which will help in accomplishing the vision andmission statements along with the goals and the objectives.B.1 Strategic GridThe strategic grid is referred to enable the visualization of the relation among the strategy ofinformation technology and the business operations and the strategies. The grid helps inanalyzing the impact of present IT application and the future application portfolio. The gridincludes four boxes i.e. strategic which shows that the investment is critical for the futureaccomplishment, turnaround which shows the investment which is strategically important andoffer great opportunities, factory which shows that investment is necessary to sustain thebusiness and it further aims to minimize the cost and improvise the performance, support whichshows that the investment is essential for the improvisation but it is not critical to the business.Furthermore, the classification supports the management to view that the investments of theinformation technology in order to align it to the objectives of the business to support the growthof the business along with the competitiveness.
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