North American Transport (NAT) is a fast growinglong-haul tr
North American Transport (NAT) is a fast growinglong-haul trucking company that specializes in the delivery of freshfoods to many of the leading fresh-food retail chains across the UnitedStates. NAT is based out of Kansas City, Kansas and employees 75drivers, loaders, mechanics, communications technicians, businessdevelopers and managers. NATâ€™s business planincludes 20% growth per year or 225 employees within 5 years. NAT isalso planning on adding additional Fleet Resource Centers inCalifornia and Virginia. Fleet Resource Centers are NAT owned servicefacilities used to maintain the fleet of trucks, vans, trailers,refrigeration etc. Fleet Resource Centers also offer growth and willrequire resources.Business Goals for the MIS Architecture:An architecture that is flexible and scalable; Company growth is projected to be 20% per yearAn architecture that can rapidly deploy/employ new systems and technology; Agile system developmentAn architecture that meets the demands of evolving businessprocesses; Information Technology cannot â€œhold upâ€ any business process,IT must be adaptableAn architecture that is easily understood and easy to manage; Minimize IT department footprint. Take advantage of cloud servicesAn architecture that is secure; Deploy state-of-the-art security software/hardwareCurrent MIS Architecture Capabilities:One 12 port 10 Mb/s switchLaptop computers used to support administration with various operating systems1 shared printerMS Office 2007Exchange Server 2007MS SQL on a stand-alone computerADSL broadband Internet 8 Mb/sInstructionsCreate an MIS Architecture PlanYou will use Microsoft Word to develop a MISarchitecture plan that analyzes the current capabilities, listsavailable resources, aligns capabilities with business objectives inorder to identify gaps and recommends IT solutions.Your plan must include a Table of Contents and Headers.Analyze and explain the current MIS architecture: Discuss bandwidth, speed of service, reliability, scalability, mobility and security.Create a list that identifies and outlines existing resources being utilized in the company.Discuss the operational objectives of the company using assumptions gained from the scenario.Develop a recommendation plan for an improved MIS architecture. Yourplan should examine whether or not the current architecture meets thebusiness needs and if not, identify those gaps. Be sure to consider thebusinessesâ€™ goals and objectives.Using PowerPoint, construct a revamped architecture diagram that meets theneeds of the company. Attach your architecture diagram as an appendix.