Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Impact of Long-Term Infrastructure Decisions
Read the Forbes articles HSBCVoice: Do You Need an IT Infrastructure Upgrade? and 9 Questions To Ask Before Signing a Cloud Computing Contract.
Assume you are a network manager, and you are considering a long term contract for network equipment and/or services. Why is it important to consider carefully the decisions that will commit the firm for a long period of time?
Discuss three reasons for carefully considering long-term decisions, and describe three examples of how a poor decision in these areas might affect the organization’s ability to be successful. Include specifics where possible. Your initial response should be a minimum of 300 words in length.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Are their approaches logical? Are they missing important elements that should be considered? What other areas might they want to consider? Your replies should be between 100 and 150 words in length and add depth and/or insight to the discussion. See the About Discussions link in the left-hand navigation pane of your classroom for more information.