The retail store has hired you to assist in resolving the recent networking problems that have been occurring. The new owner needs you to address the issues so that his company can accomplish its mission and goals. He thinks that the network needs to expand (or at least be fixed), but at this point, he has no idea what the current network has or what it needs. The owner needs you to assess the current network, come up with some conclusions about next steps, and report the results to him. He wants to make sure that you have a good understanding of his goals and objectives as well as the presenting problems.
 
 
The project deliverables for February 21 2018

  • Network Architecture Assessment (4–5 pages)
    • Describe the general business environment for the case study organization.
    • Include a network goals and objectives statement.
    • Include a narrative that provides an assessment about the general current state of the network architecture.
    • Include a narrative that details your conclusions about the extent to which the current network supports the stated business goals and objectives.
    • Include a narrative that articulates each of the networking problems that the owner has presented.
    • Provide an analysis as to how this part of the project fulfills the mission and 1 or more goals of the case study organization.
  • All sources should be cited both in-text and in References using APA format.

 
 
The retail store has informed you that no documentation of the current network exists. There are numerous types of data communications that occur in a retail company, and the employees are willing to explain to you what information they work with and the steps that are involved to process the daily business transaction paperwork.
Assume that the retail store is currently using open systems interconnection (OSI) and transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) in a dual-stacked environment. This has proven to be memory-intensive and has caused an inability for application internetworking to occur.
 
Network Reference Model (OSI vs. TCP/IP) Comparison (4–5 pages)
The project deliverables for February 28, 2018

  • Create a network reference model diagram of the current network that describes the role of each layer for both OSI and TCP/IP that are used to transmit data between the devices and applications specifically in your retail store.
  • Create a revised network reference model diagram of the proposed network solution (using OSI or TCP/IP) that describes the hardware and software that are used to transmit data between the devices and applications in your retail stores.
  • Based on the current dual-stacked network environment, create a data flow diagram for both OSI and TCP/IP that shows at least 4 typical network connections that are made by users in your retail store. Show how the data and information flow from the user workstation to the application using both the OSI and TCP/IP network models and the impact of encapsulation.
  • Create a revised data flow diagram based on the proposed network solution that shows at least 4 typical network connections that are made by users in your retail store. Show how the data and information flow from the user workstation to the application using the chosen network model (using OSI or TCP/IP) and the impact of encapsulation.
  • Provide an analysis as to how this part of the project fulfills the mission and 1 or more goals of the case study organization.
  • Note: Use Microsoft Visio or equivalent to create the network reference model (current and revised) and data flow (current and revised) diagrams. You will embed the diagrams in the Word document and also provide them as attachments. See your Web resources for additional diagramming tools.
  • All sources should be cited both in-text and in References using APA format.

The retail store knows that the current network model is not reliable, and the idea of adding a Web server to host its Web site seems unfeasible. To the best of his ability, Matt (the information technology [IT] support person) has shared with you that there is an AS/400 mainframe, 15 workstations, a router, several hubs to support 3 workgroups of 5 nodes each, a database, and a file server. It is hoped that the company will grow and that it will need to hire more employees in the near future. Internet access is sporadic, but it is supposed to work (according to the cable company).
Network Design Diagram (4–5 pages)
The project deliverables for March 7 2018

  • Create a local area network (LAN) design diagram of the current network that describes the hardware and software resources that Matt described.
  • Create a revised LAN design diagram of your proposed network that describes the hardware and software resources that you recommend be implemented.
    • Provide a rationale for your network design.
  • In support of your revised LAN diagram, provide a specific narrative that details the specific changes that you are recommending and why you feel that those changes should be made.
  • Provide an analysis as to how this part of the project fulfills the mission and 1 or more goals of the case study organization.
  • Note: Use Microsoft Visio or equivalent to create the LAN design diagrams (current and revised). You will embed the diagrams in the Word document and also provide them as attachments.
  • All sources should be cited both in-text and in References using APA format.

The retail store knows that it needs to manage its telecommunications costs more effectively. Based on what the owner has shared with you about his goals to maximize the Internet for this purpose, provide a solution that will support the telecommunications (phone and fax) needs of the company.
The project deliverables are as follows:

  • Telecommunications Plan (4–5 pages)
    • Include a telecommunications goals and objectives statement.
    • Include a revised network diagram that depicts the proposed telecommunications solution.
    • Describe the advantages of sharing hardware and software resources that are used for telecommunications.
    • Provide an analysis as to how this part of the project fulfills the mission and 1 or more goals of the case study organization.
  • Note: Use Microsoft Visio or equivalent to revise the previously proposed network diagram. You will embed the diagrams in the Word document and also provide them as attachments.
  • All sources should be cited both in-text and in References using APA format.

The retail store wants to take advantage of new technologies, such as a virtual private network (VPN), for the salespeople to connect remotely or cloud computing to store data off-site securely and to be able to process financial transactions securely over the Web. The owner does not know what hardware or software is needed to take advantage of the latest capabilities that technology has to offer.
Part 1
Remote Network Implementation Plan (4–5 pages)
The project deliverables for  March 14 2018
Include a remote network access goals and objectives statement.

  • Include a revised network diagram that depicts a plan to incorporate VPN technology, cloud computing, and Internet protocol security (IPsec) into the current network.
  • Describe the security implications of using these technologies and how risk will be mitigated from a network hardware and software perspective.
  • Provide an analysis as to how this part of the project fulfills the mission and 1 or more goals of the case study organization.

All sources should be cited both in-text and in References using APA format.
Part 2:
An argument in problem solving is used to permit the problem solver the opportunity to offer a set of reasons or evidence in support of his or her solution and related conclusions from the inquiry and research process. The argument is not an opinion and is not the conclusion restated, but rather a demonstration of the intellectual inquiry that you have made during the problem-solving process. Naturally, for the argument to gain credibility, it must be reinforced with scholarly references because the support of the conclusion comes from the quality of evidence that has been gathered.
There are some different forms of arguments that could be made, as follows:

  • Categorical Arguments: An assertion that there is 1 of 4 relationships between X and Y. You could show these 4 forms as follows:
    • All Xs are Ys.
      • Example: All mice are mammals.
    • No Xs are Ys.
      • Example: No mice are mammals.
    • Some Xs are Ys.
      • Example: Some mice are mammals.
    • Some Xs are not Ys.
      • Example: Some mice are not mammals.
  • Predictive Arguments: A case is made for anticipating or predicting events based on the characteristics of a category (X or Y) or based on the relationship between X and Y. Some sample arguments are below (the combination of X and Y is not represented).
    • All Xs have this characteristic, behave this way, or are in this state. Therefore, I predict __ about X.
      • Example: All mice eat cheese. Therefore, the cheese on the table will be eaten by the mouse on the table.
    • All Ys have this characteristic, behave this way, or are in this state. Therefore, I predict __ about Y.
      • Example: All cheese will be eaten by mice. Therefore, the cheese on the table will be eaten by the mouse on the table.
    • Some Xs have this characteristic, behave this way, or are in this state. Therefore, I predict __ about X.
      • Example: Some gray mice eat cheese. Therefore, the cheese on the table may be eaten by the gray mouse on the table.
    • Some Ys have this characteristic, behave this way, or are in this state. Therefore, I predict __ about Y.
      • Example: Some yellow cheeses are desired by mice. Therefore, the yellow cheese on the table may eaten by the mouse on the table.
    • No Xs have this characteristic, behave this way, or are in this state. Therefore, I predict __ about X.
      • Example: No mice have been found to have 2 tails in this region. Therefore, the mouse in this region will have 1 tail.
    • No Ys have this characteristic, behave this way, or are in this state. Therefore, I predict __ about Y.
      • Example: No ballots were left uncounted. Therefore, the voting system should be fair and equitable.
  • Change Arguments: A case can be made that something is different in the characteristics (or state) of X and/or Y between 2 or more observations made at different times. A change argument is simply a comparison of before and after and any differences that are noted from the first observation to the subsequent observations. When making a case for observed change, then you would typically use a different form of argument (categorical or predictive) to explain why that change occurred.
    • Example:
      • At observation 1, all Xs had this characteristic (or were in this state).
      • At observation 2, all Xs do not have this characteristic (or were not in this state).
      • Therefore, X no longer possesses this characteristic (or is no longer in this state).

Imagine that you now have to present your solution to your retail store client. You need to make a formal presentation to a group of stakeholders, and you need to be prepared to answer their questions. Create a PowerPoint presentation in which you provide the following:

  • In the notes pages of each slide and based on the context of the information on that slide, provide a narrative of 2–3 paragraphs of your rationale for the solution to the problem that is described in the IP.
  • On each slide, identify the type(s) of argument(s) that you are making for the problem presented in the unit IP and the evidence that you have to support the argument(s)
  • All sources that are used to support your argument and solution should be cited both in-text (on slide or in notes page) and on a References slide using APA format.