Using a company of your choice, determine the strategic business goals. Develop an IT strategy that aligns to the business goals. You can use the balanced scorecard approach or you can develop your own method for defining and aligning the IT strategy to the business strategy. You will need to cite at least two credible sources that will provide justification for your strategy or approach. Finding a company: If you are employed, it is best for you to use your current place of employment so you can practically apply the concepts in this assignment. Alternatively, you can use a nonprofit organization or any other organization you may have ties or access to. Your IT strategy should include: Business Goals and Objectives ?List at least two or three specific business goals for the next year or two with an explanation of the business rationale for the goal. ?List an objective for each business goal to explain what the company needs to do to achieve the goal. IT Strategies aligned with business goals and objectives ?List one or two IT strategies for each business goal ?These should be recommended strategies that would enable the business goals and objectives to be achieved. ?If your company already has IT strategies, you may provide an analysis and justification or new recommendation for each of the strategies Organizational Structure ?Describe the structure of the organization including: ?Organizational design ?Organizational culture ?Leadership factors (the types of leadership displayed within the company) ?Business processes ?Physical layout (i.e., how many offices, virtual offices, international locations) IT Infrastructure ?Describe the current IT infrastructure including: ?Hardware ?Software ?Network ?IT resources ?This should be a high-level overview IT Challenges ?Describe internal and external challenges IT faces in meeting the business needs ?Include social and/or ethical considerations Risks ?Describe risks IT might face when implementing change As you develop your strategy, you may want to consider the following: An effective IT strategy will enable the business operations, helping business leaders achieve business goals more efficiently and effectively. Focus on top priorities. Take the time to understand organizational issues, how they are related, and how they affect performance. Determine what will happen if nothing changes and where IT can have the greatest, positive impact. Identify how IT supports business processes. The business is relying on their capabilities to achieve the business goals. The IT strategy should include a plan for supporting those business capabilities, creating efficiencies, and competitive advantage for the business. Define IT priorities and governance for IT. Without priorities and a process for IT governance in place, progress will be slowed. An agreed upon plan for governing IT will enable the decision process. Understand the challenges. Improving processes and increasing efficiencies through IT implementation also requires behavioral and sometimes organizational change. With these changes come inherent challenges. Understanding and planning for those challenges will increase the chance of success in meeting the business goals. Write an 812-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A2.doc.
OPAC Explorations and MARC Copy Cataloging Explore the following online public access catalogs (OPACs) and compare their basic features and their MARC records. (Specific steps in locating full MARC records are provided for each OPAC.) The public library websites are especially helpful for copy cataloging and downloading full MARC records. Consider for online public access catalog features: Ease of use Aesthetic qualities Breadth of features Access to full text Any outstanding special features Consider for MARC records: Accuracy of records Detail of records Able to download? Submit one 3 page comparison report that addresses all seven (7) of these OPACs and answer the questions: 1. Which catalog do you like best based on various features? 2. Which site would you most prefer for copy cataloging of MARC records and why? * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Catalogs (plus steps in accessing MARC records for review) The Library Corporation (TLC) used in school libraries: http://opac.aacps.org (Search for a record at LS2, then at left side see MARC record link.) Mandarin used in school libraries: http://mandarin.wnyric.org/oasis/catalog/%28S%28nhdthg45bfyir055wy0alc55%29%29/Default.aspx?installation=wcsd (Search for a record, then use drop down menu to see full MARC.) Library of Congress used only at LOC: http://www.loc.gov (Click on Library Catalog link at the right. Search for a record, then check MARC Tags link at the top of the record to see full MARC.) Bergen County Cooperative Library System used mainly at public libraries: http://www.bccls.org (Search for a record, then select Full Display, then select MARC Record to see full MARC.) Innovative Interfaces used mainly at public libraries: http://www.alisweb.org (Search for a record, then select MARC Display button at the bottom to see full MARC.) Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES) for Georgia public libraries: http://gapines.org (Search for a record, then select View MARC Record link at the bottom to see full MARC.) (WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org – While this is not necessarily an online catalog for a school collection, it is quite powerful in locating local resources needed in schools.) (Search for a record, then go into Publisher description then click on Bibliographic record, then check the MARC 21 record at left to see full
Write a 900- to 1,300-word paper that includes the following: Definition and origins of rehabilitation in prison Definition of parole and how it differs from mandatory release Definition of probation and how it compares to other forms of sentencing Definition and options of community corrections Critique the current rehabilitation options: Is there a better solution to the current parole process? Is there a better solution to the current probation system? Are there better solutions than the current community corrections options? Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Case Problem 10.2 The Case of the Missing Bond Ratings LG 2 Its probably safe to say that theres nothing more important in determining a bonds rating than the underlying financial condition and operating results of the company issuing the bond. Just as financial ratios can be used in the analysis of common stocks, they can also be used in the analysis of bondsa process we refer to as credit analysis. In credit analysis, attention is directed toward the basic liquidity and profitability of the firm, the extent to which the firm employs debt, and the ability of the firm to service its debt. A Table Of Financial Ratios (All ratios are real and pertain to real companies.) Financial Ratio Company 1 Company 2 Company 3 Company 4 Company 5 Company 6 1. Current ratio 1.13 1.39 1.78 1.32 1.03 1.41 2. Quick ratio 0.48 0.84 0.93 0.33 0.50 0.75 3. Net profit margin 4.6% 12.9% 14.5% 2.8% 5.9% 10.0% 4. Return on total capital 15.0% 25.9% 29.4% 11.5% 16.8% 28.4% 5. Long-term debt to total capital 63.3% 52.7% 23.9% 97.0% 88.6% 42.1% 6. Owners equity ratio 18.6% 18.9% 44.1% 1.5% 5.1% 21.2% 7. Pretax interest coverage 2.3 4.5 8.9 1.7 2.4 6.4 8. Cash flow to total debt 34.7% 48.8% 71.2% 20.4% 30.2% 42.7% Notes: 1 Current ratio = current assets / current liabilities 2 Quick ratio = (current assets inventory) / current liabilities 3 Net profit margin = net profit / sales 4 Return on total capital = pretax income / (equity + long-term debt) 5 Long-term debt to total capital = long-term debt / (long-term debt + equity) 6 Owners equity ratio = stockholders equity / total assets 7 Pretax interest coverage = earnings before interest and taxes / interest expense 8 Cash flow to total debt = (net profit + depreciation) / total liabilities The financial ratios shown in the preceding table are often helpful in carrying out such analysis. The first two ratios measure the liquidity of the firm; the next two, its profitability; the following two, the debt load; and the final two, the ability of the firm to service its debt load. (For ratio 5, the lower the ratio, the better. For all the others, the higher the ratio, the better.) The table lists each of these ratios for six companies. Questions Three of these companies have bonds that carry investment-grade ratings. The other three companies carry junk-bond ratings. Judging by the information in the table, which three companies have the investment-grade bonds and which three have the junk bonds? Briefly explain your selections.? One of these six companies is an AAA-rated firm and one is B-rated. Identify those companies. Briefly explain your selections.? Of the remaining four companies, one carries an AA rating, one carries an A rating, and two have BB ratings. Which companies are they?