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One of the 15 largest law firms in the world, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, supports nearly 1400 lawyers in 15 cities around the world (Kirkland & Ellis, 2011). Hardware and software are used by most of the lawyers in the company and many more people who help su

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Hardware and Software Dhaval Shah CIS205 July 4, 2011 Frances Wand Hardware and Software The hardware and software of a workplace is important to the support of personal, workgroup, and enterprise computing. Although each company operates different, hardware and software will be used in similar form. One of the 15 largest law firms in the world, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, supports nearly 1400 lawyers in 15 cities around the world (Kirkland & Ellis, 2011). Hardware and software are used by most of the lawyers in the company and many more people who help support lawyers. Having each office use the same hardware and software in every office makes supporting them easy for the company. ...read more.

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The day-to-day tasks of the employees at Kirkland & Ellis LLP consist primarily of word processing. The program they use for word processing is Microsoft Office 2007. This software consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Microsoft Outlook is the software they use for e-mail. In addition to Microsoft Outlook, they have Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft Exchange Server is a program that provides email connectivity. They can send email internally and externally. Email is a very important part of the Kirkland & Ellis LLP business infrastructure because their offices are around the world. Operating offices around the world can lead to communication breaks. Having a break in communication or not being able to contact when needed, can cause problems within the business. ...read more.

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Citrix XenDesktop is a desktop virtualization program. Desktop virtualization allows users to experience their desktop from any device, on any network. This allows employees to work anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection. The workplace hardware and software that Kirkland & Ellis LLP uses is extensive. Because they are running a Windows-based network, they have Windows 2008 servers, Dell servers and workstations, and an Active Directory infrastructure. A strong set of workplace hardware and software is important to the day-to-day activities of any company. With the benefits of new technology, businesses can improve their business practices and advance. Each office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP uses the same hardware and software over a vast, worldwide network. Without the hardware and software that they use, Kirkland & Ellis LLP would be unable to function as a top 15, fortune 500 law firm. ...read more.

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In summary, the report is quite good. The report states the different hardware/software there there are using. In addition, there explain how this is being used though-out the company. However the report could include further uses of technology, and how ...

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In summary, the report is quite good. The report states the different hardware/software there there are using. In addition, there explain how this is being used though-out the company. However the report could include further uses of technology, and how the employee's may have to adapt to new software/hardware that the business implements. The report states the hardware, and software that the company uses across their network for all employee's. This is quite good, as this gives clear brand names and software packages which the company uses. Thus, this makes the report clear and can be read and understood with ease. The report could mention how the technology may develop in the near future. As the report did state that there didn't install Windows Vista, or Windows 7. However the report could include information on the future technology the company may use.

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The report states that the company uses Microsoft Exchange Server, to connect their e-mail accounts. This is quite good, although for high marks the report could explain how this is implemented across the company to allow the business to operate on a day-to-day basis.

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The report states the term 'Smart Phone', and this is described well and a user is able to understand this with ease. However the term 'Desktop Virtualization' is a little short and doesn't fully explain what this is. I believe that this is quite a complex technical term to explain, and thus the explication needs to be simple, by quite a length to allow the examiner to understand.


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