Further with your Chief Information Technology petition of 18 May 2011, I hereby attach our study analysing Cookson Electronics ‘ Information Technology for the adaptation of Cloud Computing you are measuring. We found that your organisation ‘s IT environment has been outdated, it can non get by with your concern in this economic tendency and lessening productiveness since your IT squad can non play a more strategic function in progressing your concern development, hence we have focused on our analysis to the IT solutions of Cloud Computing for your organisation. The study provides a elaborate of the undermentioned facets were analysed:
The issues and challenges of IT environment of Cookson Electronics
Introduction of Cloud Computing and its concern benefits and costs
Recommendations of Cloud Computing Adaption for Cookson Electronics
We have investigated the solutions of Cloud Computing can be overcome the issues and challenges that your organisation faces managing of IT environment. A short presentation of Cloud Computing is a theoretical account of calculating where your organisation obtains calculating power and package applications over the Internet alternatively of owned hardware and package from buying of IT shops. Your organisation do non necessitate to do big investing in your ain hardware and package. Further inside informations of Cloud Computing for Cookson Electronics have been outlined in our study. We recommend that the Cloud Computing is the best solution for your organisation ‘s IT environment, with consideration given to our suggestions in this study.
We have proposed our solutions in which you might considerate to accommodate Cloud Computing for your organisation ‘s IT environment. Our analysts believe that Cloud Computing represents a large alteration in the manner computer science will be performed by houses as concern calculating displacements out of buying their ain hardware and package into our service of “ The Cloud ” . It offers significant economic advantages to better the effectivity of your organisation ‘s IT environment, driving the growing of your IT and your concern with unexcelled dependability and flexibleness every bit good as heightening your concern operational and workforce efficiency.
Thank you for affording us the chance to work with you on this undertaking, I will be glad to discourse any inquiries you may hold at our following meeting.
Barry Ko — — Information Technologic Manager – Applications
The study provides an analysis and rating of the out-of-date Information Technology environment of Cookson Electronics in order to supply the best IT solutions of Cloud Computing to get the better of the issues and challenges for pull offing IT environment every bit good as usher the successful manner with Cloud Computing and its benefits for Cookson Electronics to vie advantage better than rivals.
Methods of analysis the issues and challenges of the current Enterprise System to Cookson Electronics include the Micro-view of Networking/ Telecommunications ( MPLS planetary web: Cookson uses MPLS to associate their front terminal terminuss of different parts to a cardinal waiter in U.S. ) , Computer Hardware Platforms ( Waiters: P.C. waiter: Cookson owns many IBM, Dell PC waiters throughout the universe for file waiters, pressman waiters, and particular intent waiters and Enterprise waiter: Cookson owns many IBM iSeries waiters as her endeavor system waiter ) , Operating Systems Platforms ( Waiters: P.C. waiter: Cookson uses Microsoft Windows 2003 waiter as their corporate criterion of P.C. Server and Enterprise system waiter: All of the IBM iSeries waiters of Cookson are running OS/400, IBM proprietary OS for iSeries ) , Data Management and Storage ( IBM DB2: It is a bundle database from iSeries server. The base of codification is EBCDIC ) , and Enterprise Software Applications ( Enterprise system, Oracle JD Edwards: User licence based endeavor package functioning ) . All analysis of the issues can be found in Part 2 of Infaormation Technologic ( IT ) Environment of Cookson Electronics.
The consequences of Cookson Electronics analysis shows that the IT environment is old substructure, proprietary package and low quality information which will be affected many different degrees of issues, challenges and hazards including and non restricting of high expertness cost, care cost, incorrect informations input for Cookson Electronics, e.g location statutory, scrutinizing, concern repute, client handling, etc. In peculiar, the most major Enterprise Software Applications ( Enterprise system, Oracle JD Edwards ) of Cookson Electronic, there have been risen many issues, include input truth, informations consistency unity, dawdling informations, side package doing consistency job and this old system that could non get by with modern-day concern.
The study finds the current IT environment of Cookson Electronics is outdated, there are many issues, challenges and hazards affected Cookson Electronics concern development. The major countries of the issues of Enterprise Software Applications ( Enterprise system, Oracle JD Edwards ) to Cookson Electronics, it is recommend to upgrade the bing system and engineering of “ Cloud Computing ” to the first measure theoretical account of Platform as a Service ( PaaS ) for Cookson Electronics, the benefits include better corporate repute, decrease of cost and hazard every bit good as addition informations truth and consistence. More inside informations of Cloud Computing, its current tendencies and concern benefits for Cookson Electronics can be found in Part 3 of Cloud Computing and its Business Benefits and Costss and Part 4 of Recommendation of Cloud Computing Adoption.
Table OF CONTENTS Page
Executive Summary I
1.1 Background of Cookson Electronics. 1
1.2 Purpose of Report 1
1.3 Scope of Report 1
2. Information Technologic ( IT ) Environment of Cookson Electronics 2
2.1 Cookson Electronics ‘ IT Infrastructure 3
2.2 Issues & A ; Challenges of Pull offing IT Infrastructure of Cookson Electronics 4
3. Cloud Computing and its Business Benefits and Costs 6
3.1 Introduction of Cloud Computing and its Tendencies 6
3.2 Business Benefits and Costss of Overcasting Calculating for Cookson Electronics 7
4. Recommendation of Cloud Computing Adoption 9
4.1 Cloud Computing Adoption for Cookson Electronics Business Strategic 9
4.2 Solutions of Cloud Computing for Cookson Business Application
5. Conclusion & A ; Recommendation 11
5.1 Summary of findings 11
5.2 Recommendations 12
List of mentions 12
Appendix 1 -Cookson Electronics Organisation Chart Appendix 2 -Journal
List of Tables 14
Table 1 – XXXXXXX 14
List of Figures 15
Figure 1.1 — – XXXXXXX 15
1. Introduction 302
Background of Cookson Electronics
Cookson Electronics is a prima stuffs scientific discipline company that provides high public presentation stuffs, chemical science and engineering solutions to the electronics and surface coating industries worldwide. The company delivers superior value by supplying genuinely differentiated merchandises, services and support through its Alpha, Enthone and Cookson Electronics – Semiconductor Products concerns. From printed circuit board fiction and assembly merchandises, to microelectronics boxing stuffs and semiconducting material fiction processes, to high public presentation functional and cosmetic coatings. In order to work out the out-of-date IT, manage the issues and challenges of organisation IT environment and enhance concern development in the market, Cookson Electronics is now looking for the solutions to get the better of it.
The present organisation chart of Cookson Electronics has been featured in Appendix 1
There have Cookson Electronics Group, Cookson Electronics Assembly Material ( Alpha ) and Cookson Electronics Assembly Material ( Alpha ) – IT division.
The home page URL of Cookson Electronics as below:
hypertext transfer protocol: //www.cooksonelectronics.com/
Purpose of Report
The study was prepared to concentrate on the analysis to the IT environment of Cookson Electronics and its concern development in this economic of graduated table, and to propose suited solutions of Cloud Computing for heightening scheme function of IT, concern operational and workforce efficiency to its concern. The study besides discusses Cloud Computing and its tendency in the planetary market. It was recommended by Mr Barry Ko, the Information Technologic Manager – Applications of Pacific IT Consultants.
1.3 Scope of Report
The study is limited to discourse of the Cloud Computing for Cookson Electronics and is organized in the undermentioned facets:
Information Technologic ( IT ) Environment of Cookson Electronics
Cloud Computing and its Business Benefits and Costss
Recommendation of Cloud Computing Adoption for Cookson Electronics
The captioned inside informations are available for Cookson Electronics by Mr Barry Ko, the Information Technologic Manager – Applications of Pacific IT Consultants.
2. Information Technologic ( IT ) Environment of Cookson Electronics 864
2.1 Cookson Electronics ‘ IT Infrastructure
We would concentrate to discourse the endeavor system of Cookson in this portion.
Cookson relies on her endeavor system as a tactical tool of concern. By utilizing JD Edwards, a benchmark ERP system, Cookson could work out many different degrees of issue, e.g. location statutory, scrutinizing, concern repute, client handling, etc. However, there are still many issues that perplex the company really much.
Cookson Electronics is running their endeavor system under this IT environment:
2.2 Issues & A ; Challenges of Pull offing IT Infrastructure of Cookson Electronics
An overview of Cookson IT issues:
Issue / Risk
High care cost and low concern repute
High expertness and care cost
Low quality information
Incorrect informations input in every phase and give out low quality information for determination devising
Micro-view to Cookson IT issues:
Networking / Telecommunications
a. MPLS planetary web
Cookson uses MPLS to associate their front terminal terminuss of different parts to a cardinal waiter in U.S.
Issue: Cookson is passing much money to construct a MPLS throughout their subdivisions. Money spends on including edifice and of class care. Even passing much money, the public presentation is excessively far off from outlook that the connectivity line would unplug particularly during peak period ( e.g. day-end, month-end ) .
Computer Hardware Platforms
Cookson owns many IBM, Dell PC waiters throughout the universe for file waiters, pressman waiters, and particular purpose waiters.
Issue: Cookson tried to standardize her waiter hardware globally utilizing IBM, but in vain. The chief ground is the engineering spread, locale spread from states ( Some states can non purchase / import high-end theoretical account computing machine ) and besides the beginning from seller of some states is really limited.
Cookson owns many IBM iSeries waiters as her endeavor system waiter.
Issue: iSeries server is a really expensive waiter in the universe ( around US $ 40K for entry theoretical account and US $ 240K for a top-end theoretical account ) . So the care fee is besides high ( alone technique of service applied scientist ) . To manage these waiters, Cookson is engaging some expertness globally and the cost is besides expensive.
Operating Systems Platforms
i. P.C. Waiter
Cookson uses Microsoft Windows 2003 waiter as their corporate criterion of P.C. Server.
Issue: Even Cookson has a conceptual criterion on hardware, the locale difference globally doing concern on care that the proficient people should larn many different accomplishment and possibly linguistic communication to guarantee the public presentation of waiter.
Enterprise system waiter
All of the IBM iSeries waiters of Cookson are running OS/400, IBM proprietary OS for iSeries.
Issue: OS/400 is a good and gluey OS in the universe but merely the back uping people is non many in the universe. It is really hard to engage a staff equipped with OS/400 cognition. Some core staff of Cookson IT is traveling to retire in following some old ages and it would be a ripple consequence to the system.
4. Data Management and Storage
It is a bundle database from iSeries server. The base of codification is EBCDIC.
Issue: The interchange between EBCSID ( IBM DB2 ) and ASCII ( Microsoft ) would be an issue of Cookson particularly some informations are in different venue ( English, Chinese, Korean, Nipponese, etc. ) This brings much occupation lading to look tear staff.
5. Enterprise Software Applications
a. Enterprise system
two. Oracle JD Edwards
User licence based endeavor package helping:
Finance ( General accounting, Accounts receivable, Accounts collectible ) ;
Distribution ( Inventory, Procurement and Gross saless order processing ) ;
Fabrication ( Product data direction, Shop floor control, merchandise costing and fabrication accounting ) .
Issue: As JDE is the most major system of Cookson and there are many issues:
1. Input truth ;
JDE relies on user input and there are many user input points. Procurement user would input the cost gather from Metal Market exchange. Base on this cost, Finance user would cipher the cost and Gross saless user would so cipher the monetary value. Every measure here causes some informations input with value added and so with mistake occurs.
2. Datas consistency unity ;
Every dealing ( e.g. histories, gross revenues, procurance ) would update different files in the system. With system bug, deformation during update ( line gulf during input ) , files would be updated with informations unity issue ( e.g. same information would compose into different file wrongly ) .
3. Lagging informations ;
Cost of metal market would be updated every twenty-four hours. However Cookson update their cost every month merely by user input manually. This makes the cost information has clip lag issue. Customer ever grabs this “ loop hole ” to put their order to take advantage from dawdling cost job of system.
4. Side package doing consistency job ;
There is no perfect system possibly user want it. Cookson development squad made many side systems to assist daily operation. These side systems would necessitate many informations exchange, batch update that “ snow balling ” the information unity issue.
5. Old system that could non get by with modern-day concern.
Existing JDE is a really gluey system being used for over 10 old ages without any breakage sweetening. That system is now out dated and can non competitory with modern-day systems particularly e-business. Both internal user ( staff ) and external interest holders ( clients and sellers ) are enduring with the aforesaid issues of JDE.
3. Cloud Computing and its Business Benefits and Costss 1056
3.1 Introduction of Cloud Computing and its Tendencies
This is a good start to simple position of Cloud Computing that is a theoretical account of calculating where your organisation obtains calculating power and package applications over the Internet alternatively of owned hardware and package of buying it from IT service shops. Cloud Computing is enabling convenient, omnipresent, on-demand web entree to a shared pool of configurable calculating resources ( e.g. , waiters, webs, applications, storage, and services ) that can be quickly provisioned and released with minimum your CIO direction attempt. This Cloud theoretical account promotes handiness and is composed of five indispensable features, four types of deployment theoretical accounts and three service capableness theoretical accounts. All of these deployment theoretical accounts and services can be available to your organisation from Pacific IT Consultants. The undermentioned debut is supplying and depicting of Cloud Computing that you can be consider as a reasonable manner to pull off the issues and challenges for your organisation ‘s IT environment.
Five Essential features:
Our client can one-sidedly proviso calculating capablenesss, such as web storage and waiter clip, as needed automatically without necessitating human interaction with each service ‘s supplier.
Broad web entree.
Capabilities are available over the web and accessed through our standard mechanisms that use by heterogenous thin or thick client platforms ( e.g. , laptops nomadic phones, and PDAs ) .
Our IT adviser ‘s computing resources are pooled to function multiple clients utilizing a multi-tenant theoretical account, with different physical and practical resources dynamically assigned and reassigned harmonizing to client demand. There is a sense of location independency in that the client by and large has no control or cognition over the exact location of the provided resources but may be able to stipulate location at a higher degree of abstraction ( e.g. , datacenter, state, or province ) . Examples of resources include storage, processing, memory, web bandwidth, and practical machines.
Capabilities can be quickly and elastically provisioned, in some instances automatically, to rapidly scale out, and quickly released to rapidly scale in. To the client, the capablenesss available for purveying frequently appear to be limitless and can be purchased in any measure at any clip.
Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource usage by leveraging a metering capableness at some degree of abstraction appropriate to the type of service ( e.g. , storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user histories ) . Resource use can be monitored, controlled, and reported, supplying transparence for both of our adviser and client of the utilised service.
There are four types of deployment theoretical accounts, which relate to us supply the cloud services.
Your organisation may use one theoretical account or a combination of different theoretical accounts in bringing of applications and concern services.
Private cloud or Internal cloud
The cloud substructure is operated entirely for an organisation. It may be managed by your organisation or our IT advisers and may be on premiss or off premiss.
The cloud substructure is shared by several organisations and supports a specific community that has shared concerns ( e.g. , mission, security demands, policy, and conformity considerations ) . It may be managed by your organisation or our IT advisers and may be on premiss or off premiss.
The cloud substructure is made available to the general populace or a big industry group and is owned by an organisation merchandising cloud services.
The cloud substructure is a composing of two or more clouds ( private, community, or public ) that remain alone entities but are bound together by standardised or proprietary engineering that enables informations and application portability ( e.g. , cloud bursting for burden reconciliation between clouds ) .
There are three service capableness theoretical accounts which by and large accepted by industry-wide concern.
Cloud Software as a Service ( SaaS ) .
The capableness provided to the client is to utilize our IT adviser ‘s applications running on a cloud substructure. The applications are accessible from assorted client devices through a thin client interface such as a web browser ( e.g. , web-based electronic mail ) . The client does non pull off or command the implicit in cloud substructure including web, waiters, runing systems, storage, or even single application capablenesss, with the possible exclusion of limited user-specific application constellation scenes. Examples include Salesforce.com and Gmail.
Cloud Platform as a Service ( PaaS ) .
The capableness provided to the client is to deploy onto the cloud substructure consumer-created or acquired applications created utilizing programming linguistic communications and tools supported by the supplier. The client does non pull off or command the implicit in cloud substructure including web, waiters, runing systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and perchance application hosting environment constellations. Typically through a pay-per-use concern theoretical account. Examples include Salesforce.com, through Force.com, and Microsoft ( Azure ) .
Cloud Infrastructure as a Service ( IaaS ) .
The capableness provided to the client is to proviso processing, storage, webs, and other cardinal computer science resources where the client is able to deploy and run arbitrary package, which can include runing systems and applications. The client does non pull off or command the implicit in cloud substructure but has control over operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and perchance limited control of choice networking constituents ( e.g. , host firewalls ) . Examples include, Rackspace and Amazon S3.
3.2 Business Benefits and Costss of Overcasting Calculating for Cookson Electronics
We believe and expect more organisation taking at the Cloud since Cloud services may offer the following concern benefits for your organisation: –
Cloud computer science are reduced operational disbursals. You pay merely for what your organisation usage ; costs are straight relative to your demands. Besides, the cost of puting up the system is less.
The engineering is easy installing.
Business does non necessitate to acquire extra hardware or package of Cloud Computing. Furthermore, the execution is done remotely.
This is a large time-saver of Cloud computer science.
Since Cloud Computing becomes functional faster than other systems, concerns save clip at the clip of set-up, it besides ensures fast recovery. Therefore, concerns do non lose unneeded clip anyplace.
Cloud Computing is extremely mechanization.
Businesss do non necessitate to put up a squad to manage system updates and back-ups for Cloud Computing. Automation is one of the biggest attractive forces of this engineering.
This is frees up internal resources of Cloud Computing.
You can let go of of import internal resources for other high-priority work as aid by mechanization of Cloud Computing.
Cloud calculating helps concerns become nomadic.
Your employees can entree work-related information from anyplace.
Pacific IT Consultants can offer you
Recommendation of Cloud Computing Adoption 459
4.1 Cloud Computing Adoption for Cookson Electronics Business Strategic
After larning the issues of Cookson ‘s bing system and the engineering of modern-day “ cloud computer science ” , we would wish to steer Cookson to another degree of successful with “ cloud computer science ” and profit with competitory advantage better than rivals ( the rivals of Cookson are besides enduring similar IT issues particularly the cost lagging ) .
4.2 Solutions of Cloud Computing for Cookson Business Application
We recommend Cookson to alter their bing environment to Platform as a Service ( PaaS ) theoretical account with these benefits:
Improve corporate repute ;
Cloud computer science is the tendency of modern-day IT industry. Joining cloud calculating would give a really good feeling to stakeholders ( e.g. client, seller and concern spouses ) that Cookson is running in a top engineering of IT.
This is the bing overview of Cookson IT:
It is so “ close ” and is non linking to outside environment.
This is the proposed overview of Cloud environment:
New cloud calculating non merely better the public presentation, but besides bring up concern repute and allow the whole endeavor “ unfastened ” to the universe.
Decrease of cost and hazard ;
In survey in Part 2, we learn that Cookson IT systems are comparatively outdated and can non get by with concern development demands. Undeniable, this out-of-date system bears a really high potency hazard to Cookson that it is gluey, difficult to keep, unstable, and vulnerable. It can non supply high quality information even with big sum of investing.
By fall ining PaaS, the whole platform including hardware ( waiter ) , substructure ( networking on cyberspace ) , and platform ( the OS system ) are owned by solution supplier. Cookson does non necessitate to pay on this sort of investing cost and basking non merely bing service but besides upgrading service ( solution supplier to take attention of substructure, hardware and platform ascent in timely footing ) .
Not merely investing cost is reduced but besides care cost non limited to hardware but besides expertness cost. This PaaS would take the advantage of out-sourcing your IT platform to a solution supplier.
Infrastructure on demand
Platform on demand
Staff ( Expert ) to manage platform
Expert on demand ( e.g. help desk )
Increase informations truth and consistence.
Incorrect information is the mortal lesion of bing system caused by incorrect informations input. By presenting of web services, EDI ( Electronic Data Interchange ) , some informations would non necessitate to be input once more and once more in different phases during order processing particularly the cost. Making usage of web service in cyberspace, cost pushes from LME, London Metal Exchange, straight and extinguish input mistake.
Cloud computer science could besides associate the Supply Chain Management system ( SCM ) , Enterprise Resources Planning system ( ERP ) and Customer Relationship Management system ( CRM ) together through extranet and web services. This would dramatically rush up the whole procedure from acquiring supplier information ( cost ) to selling out goods ( Gross saless order ) . Automation and low human engagement would besides minimise the opportunity of input mistake.
By holding high quality information, implies high quality determination would be made and profit to company vision.
5. Conclusion & A ; Recommendation 104
5.1 Summary of findings
Cookson is running her concern utilizing a large and old IT system. It can non assist and back up concern development. It can non supply accurate information for executive to do scheme determination. It is difficult and dearly-won to keep.
Challenge and issue of Cookson bing IT
Old and large machine, engineering ;
Large care fee including hardware, package and expertness cost ;
Incorrect information being caused by incorrect informations input, dawdling information, information unity job in systems.
Presents, and with speedy development of cyberspace, “ Cloud Computer science ” would be the tendency of IT market. It represents high, good and stable engineering. It represents the door to worldwide concern with inexpensive cost.
Benefit of the “ Cloud ”
Reduce investing and care by outsourcing these gluey constituent to service supplier ;
Improve information consistence ( information is push by web service, user does non necessitate to input ) .
With understanding Cookson IT system and modern-day “ Cloud Computing ” , we would wish to urge Cookson to alter their IT system and basking the benefit giving by “ the Cloud ” .