For this assignment, use the business that you selected for Homework 1 — unless you clear a new selection with your facilitator in advance. Over the next two years,your organization needs to shift its business model and widen its technology exploitation in order to expand in its existing market, expand into new markets, facilitate new products and services, and reduce costs. Your mission is to provide the CEO or CFOwith technical recommendationson how to accomplish these goals.
Your assignment is to prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the CEO, CFO and the Board of Directors, describing a technology you believe should be adopted, describing the benefits, costs and risks of adoption, and recommending how to proceed. However, all work and ideas not your own should be clearly acknowledged in the PowerPoint notes in accordance with academic standards. Use your own words and do research to back up your assertions!
Use the PowerPoint “Notes” section for comments that you would supply verbally at the presentation.Also use it for explanations to your facilitator.
Address (in order) the sections described below in approximately 15 PowerPoint slides with Notes sections. Typically, an average submission is about 12-13 slides with notes. You may follow this with appendices if you wish. Appendices will be read only asneeded. You need not address every point mentioned within each section – just those most significant for your organization and the technology, and which result in a clear, coherent overall presentation. Give approximately equal space to the sections.
This section of the presentation demonstrates to the CTO/CIO that you clearly understand your organization’s background enough toadvocate the technology you propose. Emphasize the basis on which it competes with similar organizations (or for organizations where there is no relevant basis for competition, describe the organization’s mission). Include mention of technology that your organization uses, but only to the extent that it is relevant or needed to understand this presentation. This will probably differ somewhat from assignment 1 in that it describes the background for the proposals you are making in this presentation: However, you are free to cut and paste from assignment 1 if you wish. The section in this week’s notes on SWOT may help too.
Identify and describe a technology (e.g., virtualization)that your organization should adopt, along with its key capabilities and characteristics. The specifics of “how” the technology would be implemented are not required in this section. If it is to replace technology your organization currently uses, considersummarizing key technology differences. Focus on thehere on the essential technology description,as well as on the problems you expect that adoption would solve. Do not focus on these details about the technology (especially ones extracted from marketing materials). Where possible, focus on the technology, rather than one particular product or supplier’s version. The section in this week’s notes on IT portfolio management may help for this and subsequent sections. In thinking about this, note the section in this week’s notes on “The Technology Hype Curve.”
In considering a technology, it is possible or even likely that you have a specific use in mind (e.g., for a specific project, or to solve a specific problem). However, keep in mind that a technology may be used for a variety of purposes, and that after its first use, others applications may present themselves.
Your task in this section is to be somewhat visionary, and imagine, where possible, a range of potential uses (in part, so that you can justify amortizing any one-time costs of adoption over multiple uses) and benefits, while still remaining pragmatic. Be clear about exactly how features of the technology support the benefits described. Recall the following.
Summarize the preliminary analysis you have done which convinced you that the technology is viable and appropriate for its intended uses in the intended timeframe, and to identify any additional analysis that will be needed as part of the adoption consideration process.
Consider and address the specific points below to the extent that they serve this purpose. The goal is not to necessarily address every point, but to include material and organize this section in a way that provides a clear, cohesive, and diligent analysis of the technology, and how it would fit into your organization’s technology infrastructure. Focus here on “what” the technology is, not necessarily “how” it will be implemented in the organization. You may find the section “IT Architecture Planning” – and, of course the section on “Technology Analysis” – in this week’s notes helpful for this part of the assignment.
Think about where the technology currently falls on the reality curve, where you think it will fall at the time you believe it should be adopted, and what that says about whether your organization should adopt it. What successes and difficulties have been reported in both experimental and actual deployments, especially in situations similar to the uses you imagine? How stable and mature are the companies developing and supplying the technology?
The purpose of this section is to describe the impact of adoption and the approaches needed to ensure that any related issues and risks are addressed successfully.
Consider including the following.
In regard to issues and risks, consider the following.
In regard to processes, structures and approaches needed for successful integration and deployment, consider the following.
The purpose of this section is to summarize the key reasons why you believe, on balance (considering costs, risks etc.), that the technology is seriously worth considering for adoption, and the reasons for the specific timeframe you are recommending.
Consider and address the specific points below only to the extent that they serve this purpose. The goal is not to necessarily address each and every point, but to include material and organize this section in a way that provides a clear, cohesive and compelling overall analysis that supports your recommendation.
End with a list of references following the standard reference format, as described in References and Citations document.
Use the Ask Your Facilitator Discussion Board if you have any questions regarding the objectives of the assignment or how to approach the assignment.
Save your assignment as LastnameFirstname_assign6.doc and submit it in the Assignments section of the course.