IT 210 Project Milestone Three - Website Needs and Options
Prompt: For Milestone Three, you will be focusing on the website for Sharpe Style based on what you have learned in Module Four. Your response must address three different aspects of the website: features, mobile computing, and security challenges. Remember that Sharpe Style has a website that directs customers to the retail location, advertises sales events, and provides coupons that customers can print. The main guiding question to consider is, what will the company’s website need in order to accommodate online sales? You will be using the Milestone Three section of the template to complete this assignment. Refer to the Sharpe Style scenario for details on the current state of the company and the business owner’s goals.
For each one of these aspects, assess what the company needs and research two options to propose to Mary the business owner.
1. Features: What features might the business owner want the new website to include? Think about what features an online shopper would need to see on a website. Also think about Mary’s goal to implement intelligent marketing. Support your answer with examples of what other consumer companies are doing. Remember to cite your sources appropriately.
2. Mobile Computing: What challenges and needs might the owner face in terms of supporting mobile computing? As you assess these challenges, fill out the Requirements Document in Appendix A of the Final Project Template.
3. Security: Analyze the security challenges arising from adding e-commerce to the website, including both internal and external security concerns. Identify a minimum of two options for the business owner to consider. Compare and contrast these available IT security solutions to address the needs you identified. What are the advantages and disadvantages to each? To illustrate your point(s), research examples of what has or has not worked for other companies.
Use the Milestone Three section of the template as well as Appendix A and submit the template to your instructor for feedback and grading. Remember to incorporate instructor feedback before your final submission in Module Seven.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
III. Website Needs and Options: In this section, you should analyze the business’s website needs with respect to the proposed expansion into online sales and lay out possible solutions for meeting the needs you identified. Be sure to address the following:
A. What features might the business owner want the new website to include? To support your answer, use examples of what other companies in the industry are doing. For example, should the owner consider incorporating intelligent features such as links to product descriptions, product availability, or complementary items for purchase? Should the system automatically post new products to social media? What do most similar businesses do?
B. What challenges and needs might the owner face in terms of supporting mobile computing? Include a requirements document as an appendix to help support your discussion, using the template provided, and offer real-world examples to illustrate your points. You may also want to consider whether the business needs different solutions to accommodate mobile devices versus a desktop computer.
C. Analyze the security challenges arising from adding e-commerce to the website, including both internal and external security concerns. Explain your response. For example, what types of systems will the company need to ensure that customer data is secure and that the site is not abused? You may want to consider the security of both data transmission and data storage.
D. Compare and contrast available IT security solutions to address the needs you identified. What are the advantages and disadvantages to each in terms of supporting the business owner’s objectives?
E. Compare and contrast web and mobile software packages and services available for addressing the owner’s online needs. What are the advantages and disadvantages to each with respect to business process engineering? To illustrate your point(s), you may want to include real world examples of what has or has not worked for other companies.