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To prepare an IT implementation strategy that would best suit the company's needs.

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Introduction The company Unit Construction is a Small-Medium Scale Enterprise (SME) that handles residential housing projects over the UK. It has an annual turnover of approximately �2m and staff strength of 10 in the head office. Unit Construct has planned to invest up to �20 000 in an IT strategy that closely matches their business needs/requirements, at the moment they are currently using stand alone PC's. Aim To prepare an IT implementation strategy that would best suit the company's needs. It should lead to the planning and implementation of a programme that would assure the following benefits for the company:- * Increased information sharing; * Tighter control of accounts and budgets; * Ability to track the progress of a project closely to keep it on schedule; * Accurate and flexible estimating and cost control; * Quicker, simpler communication with customer, suppliers and project partners. System Analysis The role of the System Analyst is to carry out an inquiry to help someone identify a more suitable choice or course of action, and to therefore make a qualified decision than that person. In order to produce the best IT implementation system so as to fulfil the requirements of Unit Construct, a system analysis must be carried out. ...read more.

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and interacts with each other and one can also compare the interviewee's opinions to how the current system works or doesn't work. * Questionnaires - will not be carried out as the staffs are only 10 strong and so interviews will do the bulk of the work. The benefits of the interview out weigh the need for questionnaires. How will Unit Construct benefit from a new IT system? The system will consist of a server which is basically one big memory source where all the information is stored this will be linked/networked to several computers in different departments or offices. When the computers are networked i.e. linked together from a server, it will allow information to be shared, transferred, accessed and changed with ease on each computer. Each member of staff will have their own little space on the server which can only be accessed with a username and password for security reasons. The only problem with relying on the server is that if it gets a technical fault the whole system can be down and useless. However, backup files can be kept just in case of such an emergency. The company will improve by the following ways by having the new system implemented 1. ...read more.

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This will mean that each computer linked to the server will have the same information as every other computer linked to the server, meaning any alterations or amendments will change on all computers. By having all the same information on every computer a member of staff can access his or her information from any computer in any department/office they are in at the time. As all the computers are interlinked an 'intranet' can be made. This is an internal version of the internet which can only be accessed within Unit Construct computers. The intranet can be used like a big notice board where literally any information can be passed on to all members of staff. The system will also allow staff to access the internet to get outside information to assist them in their day-to-day jobs. Having access to the internet allows each member of staff to have an email account (electronic mailing system). The email account acts as a virtual address where anyone can pass on a message to another person. Additional information besides messages can be sent as attachments. An example of this can be where a client would want to see the bills of quantities from the quantity surveyor and so the quantity surveyor would email the client with a reply and an attachment of the bills of quantities as they would be on the system. 5. ...read more.

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