Network Upgrade Plan

For this assignment, you will apply telecommunication and network technical knowledge in the creation of a network upgrade plan. To create this plan you will assess your leadership role as the IT Project Manager in the design and implementation phases of this network upgrade project.

For this project, you will assume the role of one of the Senior IT Project Managers for Mont Saint Michelle Consulting Company (MSMCC) working in the IT professional services arm of the company. Your firm has been hired by an existing company to assist them in upgrading their current network. The existing company has three office locations: New York, NY, Denver, CO, and Palo Alto, CA. Each location consists of a two-story building that includes local wired and wireless access to about 50 employees. The current wireless setup is insufficient in terms of protocols, security, and encryption levels. All three sites are connected via a wide area network (WAN) to help carry data, voice, and video. The throughput on this current environment is T1. The firm is looking at MSMCC for your expert skills in this type of network upgrade and wants the best value solutions in order to make the most financially responsible and sustainable decision. As the senior IT project manager on this project, you need to work with your team to come up with a network upgrade plan to solve their outdated technology issues.

You must use the ISM640 Network Upgrade Plan Template  Download ISM640 Network Upgrade Plan Templatein the creation of your assignment. For each section of the template, include the content required as listed below.

Document History

The information in this section will be pre-populated in the template. The only required content will be your name and date.

Executive Summary

Summarize the project parameters including a short description of each of the following sections: Requirements, Milestones, Budget, and Risks.

Requirements

Evaluate the current telecommunication and network capabilities of the existing company and propose solutions for their outdated technology issues. The individual requirements must include the scope of hardware solutions, software solutions, network protocols, security options, and encryption levels. Provide a rationale for each of the choices made using information from a minimum of two scholarly or professional sources in addition to the course text to support your statements.

Create a network diagram of the proposed solution using applied standard principles of design.

Milestones

Create a high-level table of milestones involved in the implementation of the upgrade including a sequence of realistic completion dates and expected accomplishments.

Budget Create a budget that provides a realistic estimate of the cost of the upgrade plan. Utilize the table in the template, as well as conduct online research for estimated costs.

Risks

Explain a minimum of three potential risks related to your network upgrade plan as well as the corresponding opportunities that would mitigate these risks.

The Network Upgrade Plan

  • Must be 8 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least two scholarly or professional sources, in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.

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