IT Competitive Advantages. 8 3. Case Study. 8

 ITInfrastructure ReportBrentsideHigh School using HP case studyAssignment2 Author:BogdanStefan IonescuStudentID:1400303Unitcode:BSS055-6Unitname:InformationSystems   Universityof Bedfordshire Contents Executive Summary.

4 1.      Introduction. 5 1.

1.       IT Infrastructure Background. 5 1.2.       Paper structure. 5 2.

      IT Infrastructure Literature Review.. 6 Figure 1 – IT Infrastructure. 6 2.1.       Types and Role of Infrastructure. 7 2.

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2.       Importance. 7 2.3.       Implementation. 7 2.3.

1.        Critical success factors. 7 2.3.

2.        Challenges and Competitive Advantages. 8 3.      Case Study. 8 3.1.

       Challenges. 8 3.2.       Critical success factors. 9 3.

3.       Competitive advantages. 10 4.      Analysis of the Case Study. 11 4.1.       SWOT analysis.

11 Figure 2 – SWOT analysis of the case study. 11 4.2.       Porter’s Five Forces. 12 Figure 3 – Porter’s Five Forces analysis of the case study.

12 4.3.       Recommendations and Future Improvements. 12 5.

      Conclusion. 12 6.      References. 13      List of Figures Figure 1 – IT Infrastructure. 7 Figure 2 – SWOT analysis of the case study.

11 Figure 3 – Porter’s Five Forces analysis of the case study. 12                      Executive SummaryNowadaysthe IT infrastructure is one of the important aspects of the IT industry.Because of industry’s progression, the infrastructure will modify accordingly.

For most people on the globe the IT infrastructure is meant to help themimprove their skills as well as shorten the time for achiving the deadlines. If an effective it infrastructure is used then in mostcases it will ensure a business runs without disruption. The report will showthe actual benefits the students can have on the improving of IT infrastructure.Moreover, a literature review about the IT infrastructure will be provided. Aswell, the literature review will help to determine the quality of the casestudy in comparision with the theory. The analysing of the HP technology willbe conducted to determine the strenghts and weekneses.

Based on these aspects,the future improvements will be provided. To conclude the report, theconclusion will determine the aspects discussed in the case study.             1.    Introduction1.1.  IT Infrastructure BackgroundTheIT Infrastructure is very important nowadays and it can be a huge performer inthe education of the teenagers across the globe. In order to develop betterprojects and to fulfill all the necessary documents a person must have the bestposible infrastructure. For this reason the IT infrastructure is developpingcontinuosly.

If the IT infrastructure is not well managed and not wellconsidered it may lead to high costs of processing and high amount of data. (Marques, Sauve and Moura, 2006)1.2.  Paper structureThestructure of the paper will conclude all the important aspects that have to beconducted in order to analyse the case study. The areas covered by the reportwill express as well how the literature review will be used in analysation ofthe case study.Theintroduction chapter will express the details about the report as how it isstructured and what IT infrastructure is. Based on these aspects theintroduction header will have the subheaders:·       ITinfrastructure Background – is a heading which talks about the importance ofthe IT infrastructure and it explains briefly what is it and what impact itcould have on the industry.·       PaperStructure – as a paragraph is determing the structure of all the report.

TheIT Infrastructure heading contains more subheadings which supports theliterature review. In details it will express the meaning of IT infrastructureand the way how it has an impact on the society.·       Types– is a subheading of IT Infrastructure which will structure the types andmostly explains what IT infrastructure is.·       Importance– this heading is showing the impact of the IT infrastructure  ·       Implementation– is describing the way the IT infrastructure interfiers with the society andwhat is the outcome of its impact.·   Criticalsuccess factors – is a subheading of the implementation which describes moreabout the succes factors of the IT infrastructure.

·   Chalangesand Competitive Advantages – a heading of the chalanges and the competitiveadvantages.Analysisof the case study is describing in more detail the importance of the case studyand how the IT infrastructure terminology is found inside the paper. The typesof the analysis conducted are:·  SWOT analysis·  Pestel analysis·  Porter’s Five Forces·  Industry Evolution·  Recommendations and future improvements2.    ITInfrastructure Literature ReviewAccording to Sirkemaa(2002) the IT infrastructure is not only formated from the physical components,but the human impact is very important. This aspect referst to the fact thatthe way is managed the infrastructure can have a positive or a negative impacton the bussiness. Beside of these elements the applications, the experience andthe way the details are processed conclude the infrastructure. (Sirkemaa, 2002)As it can be seen inFigure 1 the IT infrastructure contains more subdomains and is structure insmall management layers in order to be used without malfunctions.

Figure 1 – IT Infrastructure (, n.d.

) 2.1.  Types and Role of InfrastructureThe all infrastructures can be wellconnected between them, as well as beeing dependent on of eac other. Thisaspect reffers to the fact that the infrastructures are reflecting the outcomeof the impact from one to another. If an infrastructure is affected in any way,another infrastructure can be affected as well on another aspect. (Rinaldi, Peerenboom and Kelly, 2001)According to Broadbent et al. (1996) the IT Infrastructure is at the base of all thecompanies when comes the talkin about the technological aspect. One of the mostimportant role of IT infrastructure is to sustain the projects of a company andto be reliable.

In all the cases the businesses must be able to use the ITinfrastructure in the right way in order to fulfill the objectives and thedeadlines.  (Sirkemaa, 2002)The components found in a system aremainly the hardware and software. The IT infrastructure is important and can beused for a longer period of time.

Sometimes depends on the business to selecttheir own methodology and way to invest the capital in the right way. (Hanseth,1996).2.2.  ImportanceThe influence the ITinfrastructure it has is worldwide and the present actions will have futureconsequences for all the companies (Galliers, 1993). For any projectestablished by the company, the information technology infrastructure must beused. Moreover, the ability to manage an IT infrastructure will increase thechances of providing a qualitative mission in time.

2.3.  ImplementationBased on the factthat most of the companies are using software, the IT infrastructure have to bemonitored. The technical parts that have to be assessed during theimplementation as well as after, are the applications and the hardware parts.The information technology of the companies rely as well on the customerinteraction and for this they have to make sure the system is up and runningall the time.

(Hernantes, Gallardo and Serrano, 2015)2.3.1.   Criticalsuccess factorsOver time thebusinesses started to gather big data, fact which is harmful for the IT infrastructure.In order to control it and to manage it Nelson (2002) suggests the use offuture-proofing. This aspect can be an important help for the IT engineers.

Thefuture-proofing can help the information technology by:·  Improve the access of the systems to mediumand small companies but lowering the price·  Lower the complexity of a software inorder for the better understanding and usability·  Improve the quality while the price isaccessible. (Nelson, 2002)2.3.2.   Challengesand Competitive AdvantagesSirkemaa (2002)suggested that a problem of information technology infrastructure can be thereliability. Also, the author explained that the strenght of the infrastructurecan be an issue.The challenges theIT Infrastructure are facing are different and can be associated with thechangings of the service-orientation.

In time the improvement of this aspectwill make the information technology infrastructure to change in terms ofadministration. The service-orientation arhitecture, which is used in the ITinfrastructure, has an important outcome when new technologies are about to becreated. (Chang, He and Castro-Leon, 2006)According to Chang, He andCastro-Leon (2006) a challenge will be the way the engineers collaborates withthe final artefact and how important they will find this relation. Moreover,there are other aspects that have to be considered in addition of theengineers. These can be the characteristics showed by the programs wheninteract with other people and the outcome of them. Also, the IT infrastructuredoes not require the publishing servicies to be published in the application,but only to be kept for management processes by the engineers.3.

    CaseStudyThe case study presented by HPilustrates a highscool which can benefit from the IT infrastructure. The casestudy is ment to ilustrate in detail how the IT infrastructure is used and whateffect it can have when the students benefit from the right infrastructure. Inthe “Brentside High School transforms ICT withprogressive Converged Infrastructure strategy” case study it can be seen thatonce the right information technology infrastructure is choosen the studentshave better performances and their time spent for completing assignments havebeen shorten. (Packard, 2013)  3.1.  ChallengesOne of the objectives seen in thecase study is to create an IT infrastructure which contains both wireless andwired networking connections meant to increase the understanding of the student(Packard, 2013).

Another challenge it was tofind a suitable partner to help modernize the information technologyinfrastructure. HP decided to get a partnership with the highscool and agreedto provide a better IT infrastructure.By setting the target to create aninfrastructure which will increase the social and physycal development of a student,the case study showed a desire to choose the right IT infrastructuremanagement. According to Fett, Kusters andSchmitz (2014) a challenge for the IT infrastructure will be the security. Bymeans of choosing to create an infrastructure based on wired and wirelessnetworking connections the HP partner must create secure connections for allthe teenagers.

The outcome of these challenges willbe benefical for all the students and teachers. The students will increasetheir skills and will shorthen considerably their learning process. As thescope is achived, the teachers can send their ideas in a qualitative mannerwhich will intensificate the student experience inside and outside thelectures. (Recalde, Endara, Quimis and Romero,2017)3.2.  Critical success factorsThe critical success factors can bedetermined by the objectives as well and represents the important actions fromthe IT infrastrucutre.

Through these factors the case study showes theadvantages the highschool have after the information technology infrastructurewas defined. Some of them are:·       Byimplementing the new way of networking from an infrastructure the benefit canbe the improvement of the accessibility and the understandment.·       HPwould offer a very good storage capacity of the data. ·       Thenetwork management is easier and can help the staff of the facility to shortenthe time spent to control the IT infrastructure.·       Theconectivity will be increased drastically and the students will benefit uponthis measure because will have faster access to the important learningservices.According to Liu, Li, Kang and Xiao (2016) the data center is very important in an ITinfrastructure and the company will benefit if it manages it in the correctway.Beside of these factors, otheraspects that can be considered are the business benefits.

This term refersmostly to the business but beeing in close relation with the students, theteenagers can benefit from it. The advantages found in the case study that helpthe school are:·       Thestudent skills can be drastically improved by beeing part of a fully controlledand inter connected ICT environment.·       Becauseof the low replacing rate of the hardware the savings can be invested by themanagement in other development ideas.·       Thereturn of the investment can be increased in time·       Newtechnologies can be researched and adopted in order to satisfy the needs of thenew and old students.

Besides of these features thestudents and the staff will be able to move freely from one room to another allacross the institution without loosing the signal. Moreover the staff are ableto intervine when something is malfunctioning from distance. It is also a factwhich improves considerably the distance learning as well as the networkingconnection and is suported by the new methodologies of the IT infrastructure (Azarov, Gudkov and Dobrov, 2016) (Yassein, Aljawarnehand Al-Sadi, 2017).3.3.  Competitive advantagesThe Case Study shows that thehighschool was in discussion with CSE and HP to update the IT infrastructure.

In order to analyse the situation and to propose a plan a HP partner and a HPnetworking specialist were required. They proposed a plan in less than 3 daysand one of the important aspects that made the Brentside High School to chooseHP was that the IT company treated the education community as an enterprise.For this the HP company proposed the best IT infrastructure posbile which matchthe desires of the high school.

The objective of the education community is tomentain and increase their reputation by having a top ICT program.According toGharamah and Noordin (2016) the investment in technology is very important andthe reputation as well as the performance are in strong relation with thecosts. Once the investments are matching the objectives, the outcome will be aqualitative one. In the case of the high school the decision to make apartnership with HP brought only benefits. For this reason the case studycertify the literature review conducted. Moreover, on the long term the highschool is believed to take advantage of the new modern reestablished ICT.

               4.    Analysisof the Case Study4.1.

  SWOT analysisFigure 2 – SWOT analysis ofthe case studyAcordingto Figure 2 the SWOT analysis of the case study is conducted. In the diagram itcan be seen the strenghts, weakneses, opportunities and threats of the casestudy. Based on the facts specified in the case study the analysation of theBrentside High School is described.4.2.  Porter’s Five ForcesFigure 3 – Porter’s Five Forces analysis of the case studyThe Figure 3 shows the Porter’s FiveForces. In the diagram the threat of new entry, buyers power, threat ofsubstitute and supliers power are analysed. 4.

3.  Recommendations and FutureImprovementsThee-learning is a future networking comunication aspect. The case study presenteda good IT Infrastructured but of course when the time passes the technologieswill advance. These facts show a necesity of continuously improvements. Anecessary improvement for a high school will be the e-learning. Thisterminology created a new methodology for the IT infrastructure which willallow a better progress of the students.

This will allow the teachers to be incontact with the students remotely and will increase the development of theskills. (Azarov, Gudkov and Dobrov, 2016)  5.    ConclusionInconclusion the impact of the IT infrastructure on the case study presented hasresulted in school increase from many points of view. The HP technologyresulted to be very helpful for the high school students and it can be animportant aspect of the increase of technical understanding among the students.The case study showed that the IT infrastructure is important and based on theliterature review, conducted in the report, it can be a very importantcharacteristic for the improvement of the education. Is important for the youngpeople to get in touch with the newest IT technology in order to shorten theirlearning time and to give them the posibility to develop their passion towardsthe IT programming.

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