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Universal Transport - Architectural Diagram




Question;This is an individual project. This project is related to the Case Study;project. Each student must complete an Architectural Diagram that;illustrates the placement of security and other technologies within the;converged network solution. The foundation for this project is the;requirements analysis and proposal document that you completed for the;Case Study project. The target audience will be the organization?s Chief;Information Officer (CIO). The Architectural Diagram deliverable is an;MS Word document.Company OverviewUniversal Transport;Inc. (UTI) is a global logistics provider that offers fully integrated;freight and supply chain services through managed warehousing and;domestic and international freight forwarding. Services range from;door-to-door domestic and international delivery services to total;supply chain management. With branches across the United States and;Europe and partners worldwide, UTI continues to expand, and it has;experienced rapid growth through acquisitions.The Business ChallengeUTI;is competing in an environment where freight transport is as much about;keeping customers informed as it is about on-time delivery. The company;has adopted web- based technologies for tracking freight;differentiating its services, keeping customers informed, and ensuring;the on-time delivery that is UTI's hallmark. As a result, UTI enjoys a;very high level of customer satisfaction.Its mobile workforce has;rapidly increased, with drivers using PDAs to scan consignments, which;are then synced in real time via GPRS links to headquarters applications;that track the consignments. Customers use UTI?s web services to view;the progress of orders, from dispatch to warehousing to final delivery.;Customers also use UTI?s web-based systems to create freight;documentation and generate reports. With the EDI interface, invoices and;payments are transferred directly between the customers' systems and;UTI, saving both time and money.As the company has expanded, the;data flowing in the system have increased as well. Now, with more than;5,000 employees and thousands of customers worldwide, UTI is suffering;from the effects of explosive growth. Demands on its wide area network;(WAN) are exceeding capacity. The main data center has experienced;several network outages and unscheduled downtime. The aging ISDN;telephone system is failing, as the company has avoided the costly;upgrades necessary to keep it operating at optimal performance.;Telephone bills have increased without warning, and the voice mail;system is overloaded.The OpportunityUTI wants to provide;increased bandwidth between all 47 of its US offices and the main data;center located in Chicago. There are three regional business centers;that have four to eight satellite locations that need to able;communicate and exchange data daily. These are located in Chicago;Kansas City, and Tampa. The company desires a reliable and secure;network to accommodate its planned growth without exceeding 85% of;capacity.The company does not want to spend any more on telephone;services than it does today, and its goal is to upgrade the services;while protecting against escalating costs from its ISDN service;provider.Efficiency and productivity goals for this rapidly growing;company are of paramount importance, and there is a desire to provide;capabilities and services that incorporate technology solutions to;improve in those areas as well as retain the high level of customer;satisfaction. UTI is also interested in reducing travel between its;sites by implementing video conferencing.In addition, UTI wants to;be able to monitor and manage data and voice services, and ensure that;capacity and performance is consistent with its business needs.The DeliverableFor;this assignment, you will use your proposed solution for the UTI;requirements analysis. Briefly describe the proposed technology solution;and list the business requirements (including security requirements);that are satisfied. This should be done on one (1) page. Then provide a;diagram that illustrates the placement of various communications;components within the context of developing an effective, efficient;security posture for the proposed solution for TUI's converged network.Your;deliverable will be one document that includes a 1-page business;requirements summary and an architectural drawing. Your deliverable will;be scored according to the scoring rubric below. Successful documents;use the bolded rubric attributes as major section headings. Be sure you;have incorporated all required aspects of the assignment.


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