For the final project, you will evaluate a fictitious organization and develop a set of operating system requirements and a comprehensive recommendation for that organization. The goal is to leverage the cumulative knowledge you acquire in each module of this course to map operating system components to organizational challenges. Each module will have a conceptual base. You will then complete a hands-on lab by leveraging the workstation you are using to take this course. Later, you can apply the knowledge of the specific operating system commands in those labs to write about how the commands would be applied in a real-world analysis of an operating system’s capabilities. Review the Top Secret, Inc. scenario below carefully to understand the nature of the problem. They make a fine product, yet they cannot use it effectively to run their own operation. Consider the differences between a simple single-purpose operating system and a general-purpose operating system and how the concepts you are learning in this course can help Top Secret, Inc. find a solution.
A description of the business-related challenges faced by the organization
Scenario: Top Secret, Inc. (TSI) is a successful operating system company whose customers include Fortune 500 companies, governments worldwide, and major U.S. contractors. TSI makes embedded operating systems for secure terminals that control ingress/egress control systems for Wall Street firms, camera systems for drone aircraft for government contractors, and alarm systems for top-secret government installations. TSI operating systems are world-renowned for their quick response to sensor input, highly reliable operation, limited memory utilization, small size on disk, and low power consumption.
The TSI Operating System (TSI OS) works exceptionally well on the devices owned by TSI customers, but it does not work well in the TSI back office. Like many startup companies, TSI had to cut costs when it launched a few years ago. To save money, the company decided not to use enterprise-class operating systems for its own workstations and servers. Instead, it chose to use a single-purpose TSI OS, reasoning that it was good enough for TSI customers, so it should be good enough for TSI. Unfortunately, TSI OS lacks many features of a modern operating system and does not take advantage of the architectural optimizations present in the latest hardware. Below is a matrix of general-purpose operating system (GPOS) features and how they map to TSI OS:
Table 1: Mapping of the features found in a typical general-purpose operating system compared to the TSI OS used at TSI headquarters for its back-office servers. The mapping shows that the choice of a single-purpose OS for its back-office function has limitations that require an enterprise-class, general-purpose operating system.
For this milestone, analyze the situation in which TSI finds itself. Write a short paper that describes the business-related challenges faced by the organization. You are not describing solutions to those challenges just yet. Search for case studies or articles that discuss similar challenges organisations face with constraints related to the lack of features listed in Table 1 above. If you work in the information technology field, describe any similar operating-system-related challenges your organisation faces. If you are a consumer of IT services, describe how any of the features or lack thereof would play a role in your productivity at work or school.
Create a short paper that includes the following critical elements in this assignment:
- A description of the business-related challenges faced by the organization
- One example of a case study that discusses similar challenges faced by organizations with constraints related to the lack of features listed in Table 1, or
- If you work in the information technology field, describe any similar operating-system-related challenges faced by your organization, or
- A description of how any of the features listed in Table 1 or a lack thereof would play a role in your productivity at work or school.
What to Submit
Your paper must be submitted as a 2–3 page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and sources cited in APA format.