Ndas Answers Essay

1554 Words Sep 14th, 2014 7 Pages
NDAS Case Study – PART 1
Read the following case study and answer the following questions.
1. Briefly describe the current state of NDAS’s office automation, system integration, and networking. Begin by explaining how each department uses information technology, what hardware it uses, and what functions currently are automated. Also assess which department is most in need of a network. [5 marks]
The level of automation varies significantly among the NDAS departments and offices. In addition, NDAS is in the process of downsizing to achieve a more cost-effective computer support system.
For example, the Sales and Marketing Division has a desktop computer for each of the account representatives. All of these computers are connected
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This type of network would run many kinds of applications that share common databases and communication facilities. Assuming that Next Day Air
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Service will continue to expand its operations, any network that is developed or acquired should be capable of being upgraded to a multi-organizational network.
Note to instructor: Some students may be confused between network technology (LANs,
WANs, MANs, BNs) and network type. This is a good place to clear up any misconceptions on this point.
3. In view of the types of networks and future technologies discussed in this chapter, state several factors on current situations that would caused the need of converting to the future technologies to support the business process. Justify your answer. [9 marks]
NDAS has a number of geographically remote facilities that currently are not connected either to one another or to the corporate headquarters. Note that figure A1-1 in the text shows the routes Next Day Air Service covers; it is not a communication network.
The public telephone network currently provides the only way for direct communication among these scattered locations.
In addition, a high volume of interbranch mail currently is being sent from the remote offices to the corporate headquarters. Billing information and other correspondence are sent daily from the remote offices to the corporate office. Timecards need to be sent twice

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