1. Assume that your organization is planning to have an automated server room that functions without human assistance. Such a room is often called a lights-out server room. Describe the fire control system(s) you would install in that room.
2. Assume you have converted an area of general office space into a server room. Describe the factors you would consider for each of the following components:
Walls and doors
Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning
Power quality and distribution
3. Assume you have been asked to review the power needs of a stand-alone computer system that processes important but noncritical data. Although the system does not have to be online at all times, it stores valuable data that could be corrupted if the power system were suddenly interrupted. Which UPS features are most important to such a system? Which type of UPS do you recommend for it?
4. Using a floor plan from a building you are familiar with, design an electronic monitoring plan that includes closed-circuit television, burglar alarms with appropriate sensors, fire detectors, and suppression and access controls for key entrances.
5. Define the required wattage for a UPS to be used with the following systems:
Monitor: 2 amps; CPU: 3 amps; printer: 3 amps
Monitor: 3 amps; CPU: 4 amps; printer: 3 amps
Monitor: 3 amps; CPU: 4 amps; printer: 4 amps
6. Search the Web for a UPS that provides the wattage necessary to run the systems described in Exercise 5 for at least 15 minutes during a power outage.
7. Create a first draft of a WBS from the following scenario. Make assumptions as needed based on the section about project planning considerations and constraints in this chapter. In your WBS, describe the skill sets required for the tasks you have planned.
Sequential Label and Supply has a problem with employees surfing the Web to access material the company deems inappropriate for a professional environment. Therefore, SLS wants to insert a filtering device in the company Internet connection that blocks certain Web locations and content. According to the vendor, the filter is a hardware appliance that costs $18,000 and requires 150 hours to install and configure. Technical support for the filter costs 18 percent of the purchase price and includes a training allowance for the year. A software component that runs on the administrator’s desktop computer is needed to administer the filter; this component costs $550. A monthly subscription provides the list of sites to be blocked and costs $250 per month. An estimated four hours per week are required for administrative functions.
8. Write a job description for Kelvin Urich, the project manager described in the opening vignette of Chapter-10. Be sure to identify key characteristics of the ideal candidate, as well as work experience and educational background. Also, justify why your job description is suitable for potential candidates of this position.
9. Search the Web for job descriptions of project managers. You can use any number of Web sites, including www.monster.com or www.dice.com, to find at least 10 IT-related job descriptions. What common elements do you find among the job descriptions? What is the most unusual characteristic among them?