INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM
In the current era of technology, an organization cannot afford to ignore the use of an adequately developed information system. Management becomes easy with an information system. Just like any other organization in operation, International Machine, and Tool IMT should come up with a complete information system to enable it to handle its global business of custom made engineering. June Page, IMT’s vice president, and division manager is not, however, technology savvy and does not use the information system of the company regularly. Due to her tight work schedule, she can only manage to handle basic tasks such as preparation of short documents, sending an email and construction of reviewing reports. Such basic computer tasks are far much below the requirements of an information system of a large global company like IMT. As a result, she has sought consultancy services of Charles Browning, who has an extensive scientific computing background (Brown et al.,2008).
This paper will discuss the options presented by Browning to the vice president.
Suggested options. As found out by Charles Browning, support for Fort Wayne’s information system was divided into an engineering group and management information system. The ES group was comprised of eight of the 25 people who reported to the development engineering manager. Members of the support staff reported to Bill Gears, who in turn reported to the MIS division director, Joe O’Neil. O’Neil assured Browning that even though he lacked a formal mission for the MIS group, he was primarily looking to provide an adequate, responsive, and economical network structure of data processing support for all sites within the division. The department operated an IBM mainframe that could be used by anyone in the division with no direct charge.In providing options, Brown advised Page that they needed to develop a vision, architecture, and strategy statement for all information systems consistent with the objectives of the business (Brown et al.,2008).
Option 1: Centralized computing environmentThe first option was to adopt a more centralized, likely IBM, computing environment. Under the option, the mainframe would be maintained for all critical applications, discourage the use of the Sun and IBM workstations, and perhaps allow the use of Linux on the mainframe, and eliminate the AS/400. The AS/400 was replaced by the IBM with eServer iSeries after an acquisition of the system. The new platform would run the current operating system, OS/400, AIX, and Linux. The approach would maximize the use of the lower cost, energy-efficient mainframe. Maintenance of a large central mainframe and acquisition of new applications (Brown et al.,2008). The older packages employed in Fort Wayne would be phased out over the next years. Spreadsheet and word-processing work would be done by PCs connected through LANs to the mainframe, with most of the computational work being done on the mainframe (National Research Council et al.,2003). One of the limitations of this option is that most employees would not be comfortable with it. This is because the engineers have become used to using the Sun and IBM …