Project Planning – Upgrading Office Computers to the new version of Operating System

Upgrading Office Computers Project managers should ask the question “why upgrade?”  If the system is working adequately, why not leave things alone?  The answer to those types of questions is this – technology is advancing at increasing pace.  The most common reasons for system upgrades is that the software required to run and operate new applications will not perform on older equipment and/or the vendor may no longer support the platform.  Since the average life of a computer is only a few years, older equipment is more vulnerable to attack because security fixes are often not available for outdated software.  With this in mind, project managers need to seriously consider an upgrade.   What Should Be Done First The first thing a project manager should do first is a site survey.   A site survey can give the project team a great deal of information and a good starting point.  It will show what the company already has and what will be needed.  The site survey also offers some other things to consider: How many network users, printers, and servers will the network types of equipment support? Be sure to consider how many users will be added over the next 12 months, and how many network printers and network servers the network has to accommodate. What is the expected growth in the company or organization? Network is a long-term investment.  Planning for future growth now can save a great deal of time, money, and frustration in the future. How does your business connect to the Internet? Does the ISP provide the equipment, or do you own it?  Often with a...

Project Planning – Making Travel arrangements for a business trip to Chicago

  The first thing one needs to do in planning a business trip is to do plenty of research.  There are several ways this can be done, but the most popular choice today is the internet.  There are several websites which can offer some of the best deals such as booking.com or wonderu.com, and priceoftravel.com Transportation There are several modes of transportation to be used to get from Milwaukee to Chicago.  You can choose from air, train, bus, or car.  Wanderu.com is a very helpful site when looking for reasonable train or bus fares.  This site can also be used to make your reservations, find out where you would be departing from & where you will arrive at once in Chicago, and your departure and arrival times. Air, Bus, Train Air fare is the most expensive and quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Chicago.  Prices I’ve found are from $200 to $250 for round trip airfare on United Skywest or American Skywest airlines.  I personally would not recommend this mode of transportation since the distance is not that great and not really worth it. Bus fare is more reasonably priced and a more sensible mode of transportation.  Wisconsin Coach Line’s fees vary from $48 to $59 round trip.  Greyhound’s fee for a one way ticket will cost $13.  Megabus will cost $25 for a one way ticket. Train fare is also another reasonably priced and sensible travel choice.  Hiawatha would cost you $25 for a one way ticket.  I would recommend using wonderu.com, or amtrak.com to make the required reservations. Car/Parking If you’re up to the challenge, driving...

How to prepare and pass CompTIA A+ Certification Exams in Milwaukee

  Preparation The best way to get ready for these exams is to prepare thoroughly. There are several useful websites where you can download practice exams.  Most websites I visited offer the study guides and practice exams at no charge.  However, certblaster.com offers an exam prep program for $159.00 with a $10.00 off coupon.  Another site, mhprofessional.com offers a certification exam guide for $60.00.  They are currently offering a sale price of $48.00. It is suggested that you take 30-45 days to prepare for taking the exam.  It is also suggested that you prepare yourself to “do the job” instead of just to “take a test”.  If you prepare with this in mind, you should have no problem in passing. Each exam contains 90 questions, and should take 90 minutes or less to complete.   The 700 series exams contain only multiple-choice questions, while the 800 series exams contain both multiple-choice and performance-based questions.   The performance-based questions will prompt a candidate to perform a task or problem-solve in a simulated IT environment. Tips to pass the exam: – Become familiar with the CompTIA exam objectives.  Download and read through the official exam objectives outlined by CompTIA. – Buy a prep book.  These books contain practice materials that will be helpful in preparing for the exam. – Become familiar with the inside of a computer.  Take apart and rebuild an old computer.  Become familiar with the connections, cabling and how everything fits & works together. – Use additional study resources on the internet.  There are plenty of good review materials that can be downloaded for free including, videos, tutorials, and pictures....