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What guidelines would you recommend for making the decisions regarding which solution implementation activities should be performed by in-house staff and which should be performed by the IT service contractor?

Learning Goal: I’m working on a website development question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Please limit your answers to 200-500 words for each question. There are nine (9) questions, and the number of points for each answer is stated after each question number.
The questions pertain to IT acquisition problems that are encountered by many organizations. They present serious challenges that IT professionals and business managers must overcome to achieve superior business performance.
Do not repeat the questions. Use your own words–do not quote others. This is not a research paper, so you are not required to cite references. Be sure each answer you prepare the response to the question asked, and you will likely do very well.
Question 1. (1 point). The title of this course is IT Acquisition Management. In your own words, please explain what does that means? Why is it important?
Question 2. (1 point). When you perform an internet search on “acquisition strategy,” you will access some sites addressing corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A), in which one corporation is acquiring and merging with another. Why is M&A beyond the scope of this course?
Question 3. (4 points). In Template 1, by IT Economics Corporation, you selected a business performance problem. What criteria did you use to choose your problem? Explain why the following types of problems should NOT be selected:
A problem that can be solved with better internal management or different use of internal resources
A problem that can be solved by adding to the tasks of a current contractor
A problem that can be solved by commodity purchases (provide examples of commodity purchases)
Question 4. (2 points). What is/are the difference(s) between a Gantt chart and a work breakdown structure (WBS). As you know, one of the most popular tools for creating Gantt charts is Microsoft Project. Microsoft Project can generate a WBS from the data entered from the Gantt chart. Please explain why it is considered poor management practice to generate the WBS from the Gantt chart.
Question 5. (6 points). For your project, you have used twelve (12) of the IT Economic Corporation Templates. If you have used the first six templates to down-select to one alternative, why is it important to perform the subsequent activities (7-12). In other words, what are the purposes of Activities 7-12?
Question 6. (2 points) Template 13, by IT Economics Corporation, is an example of a matrix used for summarizing the results of evaluating proposals received from IT services contractors. The template uses “adjectival” rating codes and brief statements to summarize the evaluation results of each proposal from IT services contractors.
Your Question: What are the principal risks associated with using such a matrix, and what do you recommend to avoid, mitigate, or transfer each principal risk that you identify?
Question 7. (3 points) A large hospital is preparing a request for proposal to acquire IT services to improve its electronic health records management system. It plans to implement an iPhone software application (“app”) for convenient mobile access to view and update patient records, prescribes medications, view lab results, communicates with patients, and view personal work schedules. It plans to prepare a performance work statement (PWS) for the development of the app to include in the RFP.
Your Question/Task: Prepare the required outcomes and their performance standards, monitoring methods, and incentives/disincentives that the hospital might use in its PWS for the request for proposal. Your required outcomes and associated information should apply to only the first and second desired app functions, view and update patient records, and prescribe medications. Your required outcomes and related information should reflect the best practices for performance work statements, and each should include performance standards, monitoring methods, and incentives/disincentives, as required by IT Economics Corporation Template 12.
Note: This is not a test of your knowledge of hospital activities but of your ability to prepare a performance work statement. You can make reasonable assumptions regarding hospital activities if necessary. The app functions in the question are comparable to those used by many organizations outside of the medical field.
Question 8. (3 points) Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) require that federal agencies use performance-based contracting to the maximum extent possible for service contracts, including contracts for the acquisition of IT services. Performance-based contracts rely on performance work statements (PWS). However, a prominent organization of former federal government acquisition officials argues that the PWS works well with short-term, relatively simple service contracts, but “it is unrealistic to ask agencies to specify services at the time of contract award in a clear, specific, objective, and measurable terms when future needs are not fully known or understood, requirements and priorities are expected to change during performance, and the circumstances and conditions of performance are not reliably foreseeable.”
Your Question/Task: If you agree with this group’s position, explain why you believe the group is correct in contending that the PWS is not suitable for long-term, complex IT service contracts. If you disagree with this group’s position, explain why you believe the group is not correct and why a PWS is suitable for long-term, complex IT service contracts.
Question 9. (3 points) An organization is planning an IT acquisition strategy for a large and complex project. It plans to outsource part of the solution implementation to an IT services contractor. Prior to preparing a request for proposals, it must decide which solution implementation activities should be performed by in-house staff and which should be performed by the IT service contractor.
Your Question/Task: What guidelines would you recommend for making the decisions regarding which solution implementation activities should be performed by in-house staff and which should be performed by the IT service contractor?

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List your fundamental background assumptions related to the case.

Case Study Assignment
Course Name: Website Development
Context: A Case Study on the Web Development Process, CMS, and Templates.
Instructions: Case Study Assignment –
Greetings, Students:
Case studies help you explore real-world scenarios and express a solution that requires critical thinking. Carefully read the scenario below and write a 6-8-page essay in response.
Filename: Research_Paper_YourFirstName_YourLastName.docx
The preferred citation style is APA with a title page, introduction, body, and conclusion. Use in-text citations in the essay and a references page(s).
Per APA 7, be sure that you include an abstract on a page of its own (page 2). Additionally include keywords at the bottom of the text per the Purdue guide’s details.
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html (Links to an external site.)
On the title page, list the title of your case study, your name, course name, professors’ names, and semester
Required Elements:
For maximum points, a thorough case analysis shall include the following elements.
Be sure to address each of the following elements in your paper.
Define the problem.
List your fundamental background assumptions related to the case.
Research all the possible solutions to the problem.
Explore the benefits and financial costs of each option.
Develop three options for the reader to choose from (see the case below).Alternative Option 1
Alternative Option 2
Alternative Option 3
Choose one of the options to implement that can best resolve the issue most appropriately. Make the case for why this option is best.
List who will be responsible and accountable for what aspects of the solution.
List measures for success. How do we measure so that we can make appropriate corrections?
How often will you check on the success of the chosen option?
Case to Analyze
You have been commissioned to design a re-design website for the Educational Scientific Institute. The institute, among other things, teaches the scientific process. Social Scientific research has four categories: Descriptive research, Exploratory research, Explanatory research, and Evaluation research. Propose a website that educates the public on each of the four. Also, make the case for:
Alternative Option 1 – Creating this website as a traditional static HTML5/CSS website
Alternative Option 2 – Creating the website as a Content Management System (CMS). Research the concept of Content Management System (CMS). What are common Open-Source tools such as this, and how has the CMS shaped current website design trends? What are templates, and how do they relate to CMSes?
3) Alternative Option 3 – Creating the website as a Web 4.0 system. Be sure to state what this is in your work.
4) In the paper, also talk about the importance of information organization and web development maintenance. What role will this play in each of your alternative solutions?
5) Also discuss in the case about Web Content Accessibility guidelines. Why are these important to website design? What are the implications for making a website accessible? See: https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag (Links to an external site.)
6) Use A minimum of three (3) scholarly references is required.
Task
Use a Case Study format to analyze the case.
Address all required case study elements.
Be sure to state your full name, professor(s) Name(s), Course, and semester on the title page.
Demonstrate your creativity and critical thinking capabilities. How would you solve this particular case?
Possible Solution – Framework for Students (Rubric)
Define the problem.This case involves a re-design of an existing website and educating the public on how the scientific research process works. Additionally, students must be able to express 3 website design methods (alternative solutions and make the case for the best solution for the client). This is all for the client to review and approve. Remember, the client decides.
List your fundamental background assumptions related to the case.[varies by student]
The website of the Educational Scientific Institute is out of date, and requires an upgrade
You the student, have been commissioned to provide that upgrade.
Content will relate to the scientific process.
Research all the possible alternatives/solutions to the problem.[varies by student]
Research the current system
Offer improvements
Propose solutions
Explore the benefits and financial cost of each option.[varies by student]
The student will be expected to present a table breaking down each cost.
Develop three options for the reader to choose from (considering the 3 styles static, CMS, and Web 4.0).[varies by student]
The student will be expected to list three options based upon their critical thinking skills.
Choose one of the options to implement that can best resolve the issue most appropriately;[varies by student]
The student will be expected to make a strong case for the chosen option.
List who will be responsible and accountable for what aspects of the solution.
[varies by student]
The student will be expected to present major tasks and assigned parties to the task. List measures for success. How do we measure so that we can make appropriate corrections?
Does the new design look aesthetically appealing?
Does the new design capture the content per the client’s specifications?
How often will you check on the success of the chosen option?The website will require [how often] maintenance; who will be responsible?
Further notes:
On the topic of this research, the difficulty in finding resources is expected since this is more on the practitioner side rather than the theoretical side.
Check out the UNT library databases:
https://library.unt.edu/ (Links to an external site.)
Try these keywords:
Human-computer interaction and usability design of menus as well.
Also try:
web development maintenance
web development maintenance + information organization
web maintenance
Content Management System
Content Management System + website design trends
Content Management System + current website design
There can still be some best practices in the older articles.
Also keep in mind that the W3C, Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress are industry standards as it relates to web development and content management systems. They are indeed proper sources to cite in this regard.

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What are 5 subtopics that you intend to discuss on your website?

Assignment 0: Understanding our Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Assignment
10 points – Extra Credit (Required-Pre Assignment)
Greetings, Class:
In this class, we use an online development tool called Repl.it:
1) to complete all code,
2) to Share a Live URL for submission, and
3) to likewise generate a zipcode backup of our code.
Note we develop using the HTML5/CSS/JavaScript Repl.it Tool.
All assignments require you to upload the live Share URL and to Upload a downloaded Zip Copy of your code.
WATCH:
What this entire video for context on the code creation, and submission process for grading in this class:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/i95se30mv30izig/PublishingtoRepl_IT_per_Dr_Tyson_McMillan_CC.mp4?dl=0 (Links to an external site.)
Complete the following required task to prepare for course assignments:
TASK
1) Sign-up to Repl.it here: https://replit.com/ (Links to an external site.) It is generally best to login with your Gmail account.
2) index.html is the homepage of a website. You are creating that file in this assignment.
Having signed up to Repl.it navigate to the following URL:
HTML, CSS, JS Online Compiler & Interpreter – Replit
https://replit.com/languages/html (Links to an external site.)3) Become familiar with the environment
A) In between theelements type
B) below thetag type

Homepage of [TYPE YOUR NAME HERE]

Navigation

Future home of my navigation links to help Dr. McMillan (Dr. T) find my homework files for grading.

4) Click “RUN” to see the results of your page.
5) Share your live URL and .zip file of your content via the LMS, Canvas by following the steps as shown in the video.
Your Approved Topic Forum
Your Approved Topic Forum
For 3 points extra credit, post about your approved topic for the final project here.
1) What was your approved overall topic?
2) Why this topic is important to you?
3) What are 5 subtopics that you intend to discuss on your website?
ASSIGNMENT 1
The assignments along the semester will be used as part of your final project. For this assignment, you will design the first page of your website. The content of this webpage must be based on the topic of your final project.
Dr_T’s Tips for Publishing Your Live Webpage
WATCH:
What this entire video for context on the code creation, and submission process for grading in this class:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/i95se30mv30izig/PublishingtoRepl_IT_per_Dr_Tyson_McMillan_CC.mp4?dl=0 (Links to an external site.)
(Links to an external site.)
HTML5 Doctype Note:
When writing each HTML page, follow this standard HTML5 doctype, and make sure you have all of these elements at a minimum:

The content of the document…

Also, begin running your live URL through the W3C validator to look for common errors.
https://validator.w3.org/ (Links to an external site.)
Happy coding.
Thanks.
Dr. T
TASK:
Add to your Repl.it project from Assignment 0 a new file called YourLastName_Assignment1.html
The above file should join your index.html page from Assignment 0.
From index.html create a link to YourLastName_Assignment1.html so that Dr. T can open link to the work you create in this assignment from the index.html page. Likewise create a link back to index.html on your YourLastName_Assignment1.html page.
Create an HTML file around the approved theme of your final project and follow the instructions below.
Your page must have at least one heading h1, and three headings h2, and two headings h3.
At least three paragraphs are required. A sentence is not a paragraph.
Create an ordered list with at least 4 items.
Create an unordered list with at least 4 items.
The page must contain 3 or more links to external pages.
The page must contain 3 or more images where at least one must redirect (be sourced from with full URL) an external page (a page that you did not create via a URL on another web server related to your final project.).
Submit the URL from your assignment in the folder named Assignment 1 located in the Assignments tab on Canvas by the due date.
Recall that the Live URL should be pasted in the comments Box, and the .zip file should be attached as a backup.
Note:
Upload Yourlastname_Assignment1.zip using the browse button
Additionally, provide the live URL in the notes/comments portion of the submission. Be sure to follow the above structure. It is highly recommended to check the URL before submitting your work to ensure it works and to avoid a penalty or grade loss. Without the Live URL, the max points possible is 70 out of 100.
The instructions above represent the minimum requirements for the HTML project, the content must be based on the topic you have chosen. Remember, this assignment will be part of your final project, so it is highly recommended to work in detail on the assignment and do not limit yourself with the minimum requirements.
Context on Assignment Submission Process
The zip file is to be uploaded to Canvas only; it serves as a backup for grading.
However, your individual HTML and image files should be uploaded to the server without being zipped.
Dr_T’s Tips for Publishing Your Live Webpage
WATCH:
What this entire video for context on the code creation, and submission process for grading in this class:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/i95se30mv30izig/PublishingtoRepl_IT_per_Dr_Tyson_McMillan_CC.mp4?dl=0 (Links to an external site.)
The uploading creates the live URL per the pattern in the homework instructions. If the upload was successful, the live URL can be successfully clicked. Keep in mind that I grade primarily from the live URL, and from the zip file as a backup.
Assignment 2
This assignment will be the second page that you will be including as part of your final project. In this opportunity, you are going to design a “Contact Us” page. Create an HTML file and follow the instructions below. Upload it in the class live web server.
Dr_T’s Tips for Publishing Your Live Webpage
WATCH:
What this entire video for context on the code creation, and submission process for grading in this class:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/i95se30mv30izig/PublishingtoRepl_IT_per_Dr_Tyson_McMillan_CC.mp4?dl=0 (Links to an external site.)
HTML5 Doctype Note:
When writing each HTML page, follow this standard HTML5 doctype, and make sure you have all of these elements at a minimum:

The content of the document…

Also, begin running your live URL through the W3C validator to look for common errors.
https://validator.w3.org/ (Links to an external site.)
Happy coding.
Thanks.
Dr. T
TASK:
Add to your Repl.it project from Assignment 0 a new file called YourLastName_Assignment2.htmlThe above file should join your index.html page from Assignment 0.From index.html create a link to YourLastName_Assignment2.html so that Dr. T can open link to the work you create in this assignment from the index.html page. Likewise, create a link back to index.html on your YourLastName_Assignment2.html page.Create an HTML file around the approved theme of your final project and follow the instructions below.
Add a picture to the top of your page that captures the topic of your project.
Your page must include at least a heading h2 titled as “Contact Us” aligned on the center of your page and on top of the contact form.
The contact form must be aligned to the center of the page, and contain at least the following basic fields user need to complete such as Name, email address, subject, and message.
For this class simply set the value to the page that the form lives on or add a # sign. We would need to study languages beyond this course such a Javascript, PHP, and MySQL in order to process the form data upon submission.

….
or
….
Be sure to add a fieldset around the form as well to help frame its fields.Optional Extra Credit Challenge (3 pts): Make each text field required using JavaScript: https://www.w3schools.com/js/js_validation.asp (Links to an external site.)
Create a submit button aligned to the right of the contact form.
At least one paragraph is required. This paragraph must explain the purpose of the contact form to the user. You can include this paragraph before or after the contact form, it is your choice.
Include an unordered list with at least three items that explain other ways the user can also contact your organization (email address, phone number or physical address, for instance).
Create a href link that redirects to your Assignmen1. And another href link in Assignment 1 that redirects to your assignment 2. Note: You are going to start creating your menu bar for the final project, so you can align these href links as your preference.
Lastly, go to http://www.cooltext.com (Links to an external site.) Design a logo that is appropriate for your website, and add it as an image upon the webpage.
Submit the URL from your assignment in the folder named Assignment 2 located in the Assignments tab on Canvas by the due date.
Recall that the Live URL should be pasted in the comments Box, and the .zip file should be attached as a backup.
Note:Upload Yourlastname_Assignment2.zip using the browse button
Additionally, provide the live URL in the notes/comments portion of the submission. Be sure to follow the above structure. It is highly recommended to check the URL before submitting your work to ensure it works and to avoid a penalty or grade loss. Without the Live URL, the max points possible is 70 out of 100.
The instructions above represent the minimum requirements for the HTML project, the content must be based on the topic you have chosen. Remember, this assignment will be part of your final project, so it is highly recommended to work in detail on the assignment and do not limit yourself with the minimum requirements.
Context on Assignment Submission Process
The zip file is to be uploaded to Canvas only; it serves as a backup for grading.However, your individual HTML and image files should be uploaded to the server without being zipped.Dr_T’s Tips for Publishing Your Live WebpageDr_T’s Tips for Publishing Your Live WebpageWATCH:What this entire video for context on the code creation, and submission process for grading in this class: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i95se30mv30izig/PublishingtoRepl_IT_per_Dr_Tyson_McMillan_CC.mp4?dl=0 (Links to an external site.) The uploading creates the live URL per the pattern in the homework instructions. If the upload was successful, the live URL can be successfully clicked. Keep in mind that I grade primarily from the live URL, and from the zip file as a backup.