INF 325 Week 2 DQ 2 Managed Switches
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Managed Switches. What are managed switches and what benefits do they bring? Refer to figure 6-15 and provide a simple written example as it applies to business outlining and what type of command, manageability, and problem diagnosis managed switches are capable of. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
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Focus of the Research Paper Use at least one project you have been a team member of, or a project manager for, as an example to contextualize the research topics below: All of the following topics must be addressed in order for the paper to be complete: a) The definition of purchasing and supply management and the importance to the business world. b) The steps of the creation of a project supply, service, and material budget from detailed requirements. c) How to select the most qualified suppliers and strategies for negotiating prices. d) The benefits and costs of outsourcing, and the growth pattern of outsourcing. e) Evaluation of the various organizations that are benchmarks in purchasing and supply management, and their best practices. Provide specific examples of companies who show market leadership in purchasing and supply management. This is an assignment with a length of eight to ten pages that should integrate the reading, multi-media and class discussions. It is mandatory to have research from the classroom text, as well as three sources from the internet or online library to support your views. Consider the validity of your resources carefully before using them in academic papers. It is recommended to use examples from your professional experience where possible, or build from your learning in the discussion boards.
Liability. Personal liability is a serious issue in purchasing and supply management. Provide details from the text or your personal experience where a supply officer or project manager has been held personally liable for conditions of a contract. Comment on how you will proceed in the future to avoid any personal liability for contracts if at all possible. The text provides excellent examples that can be researched starting on page 311.
Procuring Services. Many projects need to procure services to execute successfully no matter what industry you are in. There is a personal relationship with the service provider, which makes collaboration much more important than when selecting goods products. Describe a project you have been involved with, or have knowledge of, where services were a major part of the deliverables. How were references checked for service suppliers and what lessons were learned from the process? What contributing factors ultimately led to the service supplier being selected?
Sustainability. Sustainability is an important ethical and environmental issue in purchasing. Describe one material, product, or service that can contribute to sustainability in a project you have been involved with, or in your current organization. Describe how these decisions enable the organization to avoid violations in terms of environmental issues.
Target Pricing. Target pricing is experiencing growing use in North America. Should businesses use target pricing? Do you think target pricing can only be used for manufactured goods, or can it also be applied to services? Defend your choices. Respond to at least two of your classmates‟ posts
Case 11-3 Budget. Refer to the City of Granston Case 11-3 at the end of Chapter 11. Using the „Current Year Q-3‟ data found in Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3, create a project supply and materials budget based on the information in the case. Your budget must include a one paragraph introduction on the importance of a materials supply budget. This can be submitted in a MS Word Document, with title page, or as an MS Excel sheet with a clear one-paragraph introduction on the importance of a materials and supply budget.
Quality. Suitability and reliability are two examples of quality in terms of buying materials, goods or services. Provide an example of a “best buy” from your professional experience where quality aspects were not met in accordance to the text definition of quality dimensions. What aspect of quality could be improved for future projects?
Capital Goods. A project manger needs to understand the importance of the acquisition of capital goods. There are many choices for capital good procurement, including buying or leasing new equipment, or buying used equipment. Describe an example from the text or your personal professional experience where your project or organization had to procure capital goods for strategic reasons. What was the type of equipment (new, used) and how was it purchased? Please comment on the benefits of the choice selected. Respond to at least two of your classmates‟ posts
Outsourcing. The process of outsourcing the creation of a product or a service is a controversial, yet critical strategic decision for many employers. Describe one example from your professional experience, or that you are familiar with, where a process or function was outsourced. What are the financial implications of this change? Did the quality of the product or service stay the same, improve, or decline?
Need Definition. From the end of Chapter 6, complete the following questions out of the section titled “Questions for Review and Discussion.” Each question should be thoroughly answered in a minimum of 150 words, using support from the text and examples when appropriate. a. Why is it preferable to separate need identification and defining commercial equivalents into two separate stages? b. Why is early supply/supplier important? c. What are the disadvantages of specifying by performance? What are the advantages? d. How does a supply professional know that a certain requirement is strategic?
Supply Process Improvements. Examine the steps of the supply process in Chapter 4 of the text and identify a project where improvements could be made in one or more of the steps. Would the project have been more successful with the implementation of any or all of these steps in the supply process?
Article Review. Review the following article from ProQuest: Avery, S. (2009, February). MRO sourcing goes global. Purchasing, 138(2), 48-52. Retrieved from ProQuest Database In a 1-2 page paper, identify three best practices in the article and describe how your organization, or an organization you are familiar with, could improve with the practices.
Organizational Structure. The structure of an organization can influence the overall success of a project from initiation to closure. Identify if your organization is centralized or decentralized and evaluate benefits and weaknesses of the structure. Would you change from centralized or decentralized to meet the needs of your projects? Why or why not? Respond to at least two of your classmates‟ posts.
Risk Management. Risk management is a critical aspect of project management. The supply chain decisions that are made have risk involved like any other project decision. Comment on two examples of risks that can occur in the supply chain that can affect a project. What can you do as a project manager to reduce or eliminate the risks that you defined? Provide professional examples, if at all possible, from a project you have managed or of which you have been a team member.
Final Analysis Using APA form and style, answer the following items from Chapter 3 in the text on policy and implementation in network security: a) What is a policy? b) Distinguish between policy and implementation. c) Why is it important to separate policies from implementation? d) Why is oversight important? e) Compare the specificity of policies, implementation guidance, and implementation. f) Distinguish between standards and guidelines. g) Must guidelines be considered? h) List the three types of oversight listed in the text. i) What is vulnerability testing, and why is it done? j) Why is it important for policy to drive both implementation and oversight? Use complete sentences integrating vocabulary from the course and citations from the text and other sources to support your thorough analysis of each item.
Questions for Managers. As a manager, how would you monitor the driving forces of change mentioned in the text? How would you tackle a gap analysis? How would you handle scalability issues? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings