Network technologies can be employed in various ways to meet business needs. Developing a solution begins with a set of requirements that must be understood and addressed. Following is a scenario that requires you to use a variety of network components and technologies to develop a networking solution. When working on developing a solution, all requirements may not be explicitly stated. When making assumptions, be sure to include them in your design document.
The construction industry has struggled over the past years due to the economy. Nearly a dozen companies, including builders and subcontractors, banned together to develop a strategy to increase their business in the greater Washington, D.C. area. This consortium of builders and subcontractors called themselves BLDRS-DC.
BLDRS-DC engaged a well-known marketing company that recommended that they a.) use a Web site to exhibit their services, capabilities, and availability. Other social media sites would be represented in the final solution as well. This site would tie together their sales and scheduling information. They also identified the need for the project managers to b.) have access to project details from the construction sites. This remote access would ensure tasks were completed correctly and decrease construction time considerably.
In addition to engaging a marketing firm, BLDRS-DC hired a company that develops and manages Web sites. The Web site management company would be responsible for developing the software to connect sales materials and scheduling information to the Web site. Fortunately, all the companies involved use the same scheduling software and database software for sales material.
As the network specialist selected to plan and coordinate all of the activities, you need to develop a design document that outlines the technologies needed at each company to connect their unique information to the Web site. Specify the necessary network components that each company would need to enable customer access and scheduling.
In addition, you need to identify a solution for allowing construction managers to securely access drawings and other pertinent construction details remotely.
Prepare a Word document that is approximately 3–5 pages in APA format. It should be professional in appearance and suitable for review by network novices. Present the information in laymen’s terms.
Be sure to include the following.
- Title page
- Introduction summarizing the problem being addressed and solution highlights
- Description of the network technologies and components required to implement a Web site providing marketing materials and scheduling information. See a) above.
- List of the specific technologies and components needed to allow construction foremen remote access to project details. See b) above.
- Explanation of any challenges or considerations uncovered from the research conducted
- Provide references in APA format as appropriate