Project specifications: Small Business Office Operating System Upgrade

by Russell Loving   Upgrading Office Computers to Windows 10 For most people, simply upgrading the operating system on a home computer can be a very daunting task.  Although there are generally step by step instructions, it can still be a difficult venture. For an IT professional updating one computer would be relatively simple, but upgrading numerous desktops, and laptops all within different geographical locations takes a considerable amount of planning and execution.   The first thing to consider would be the overall scope of the project. The initial planning stage would involve gathering the necessary information needed to schedule each related task. The total number of computers that need to be upgraded, the location of the computers that need to be upgraded, what existing software would have to be re-installed or updated to function with the new operating system,  and what operating system is currently in use. In this specific case, there are a total of 169 computers that need to be upgraded. These computers consist of 57 desktop workstations, and 112 laptop computers. The office locations are all within the Midwestern region, in the cities of Milwaukee, Chicago, and Indianapolis. The computers currently are equipped with Windows 7 as an OS, and need to be upgraded to Windows 10. In addition to those needs, the computers also have Microsoft Office 2007 and 10 other applications that will need to be installed and function after the upgrade.   In my estimation, a minimum of nine IT professionals would be needed to oversee the project and support users through the migration. At least one contact person at each location...

Making planning easy: Travelling from Milwaukee to Chicago on Business Trip

  Booking a business trip, even over the short distance from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago IL, can prove to be a very Of the many things to consider are the type of travel to utilize, how lodging will be handled, and even details like planning for meals. There are many different options for each activity, and things such as price, time and location all have to be factored in when planning the trip. In my opinion, balancing between cost and convenience is key, and an important thing to consider when planning a budget for the trip.   Thankfully there are a plethora of ways to travel, places to stay and places to eat to choose from. Also there are many different websites that can assist in choosing and making arrangements to fit the needs, budgets and time constraints for the trip. Sites such as Trivago,  Expedia Business Travel, and TripAdvisor bring together the different resources for trip planning in one convenient place. Websites of this type offer bookings for travel, hotel lodging, and rental cars. While some even have dining and entertainment recommendations. For someone planning a trip of any type, these sites provide invaluable tools in making preparation easier.   Choosing a method of travel is a critical part of the trip planning process, and given the relatively short distance between the two cities, there are quite a few different options. Traveling by air is the quickest, and likely most convenient way to make the trip. However, it is the most expensive way to travel, and that is an important factor in budget planning. Using TripAdvisor, most flights...

Preparing For and Obtaining CompTIA A+ Certification in Milwaukee

The CompTIA A+ certification is a very valuable tool in becoming or advancing as an IT professional. The certification validates a person's skills in several general computer software and hardware related areas. The certification can go a long way in finding a job or improving your job position. Researching, preparing for, and completing the required exam can be a very complex and multi-layered task. From studying the exam material and practicing to finding an exam location and scheduling, there is a lot to take into consideration. In this report, I will outline and discuss in detail the required tasks for each step, and apply the tasks to my personal timetable. As with any project, detailed research is a very important first step towards success. I believe that beginning with a solid foundation of studying and training is key. There are many tools available, both on and offline, that can prepare you for the journey. For this particular certification there is a vast assortment of books and practice tests available. Using internet search, you can find many retailers both locally and online that carry study guides. There is also a wealth of information online in blogs and forum post by people who have already taken the exams. The input from those who have passed and failed the exam can be very informative throughout this entire process. Using the information from the above mentioned web findings, you can find a vast array of books and study guides to prepare for the A+ Certification exams. Of these books, there are three that were very highly recommended and well reviewed. The first is...