Enterprise Cloud Computing Project
A funding of $20,000 for an Enterprise Cloud Computing Pilot Project (each team should choose one for your own team) to explore a new Cloud Computing service (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc) and related supporting technologies so that the company can stay innovative, competitive and possibly increase their capabilities, revenue/sales, and expand their global markets.
The major tasks during the kick-off phase of this Enterprise Cloud Computing Pilot project are listed below. Each team should prepare a Project Proposal or Plan with the following sections and should complete the reporting needed for “The Conceptualization Phase.”
Executive Summary (or Project Summary)
Problem Statement and/or Needs
Important Benefits, ROI, etc
Project Management Process and Approach (Reference: This project will be implemented through the following IT life cycle phases with major project tasks, deliverables, progress report and reviews)
Conceptualization Phase (with all the needed Visio diagrams)
Feasibility Study Phase
Preliminary Planning Phase (Requirement Definitions)
Detailed Planning Phase
Testing and Commissioning Phase
Final Project Report, Presentation, and Demo
Reference on IT Project Life Cycle and Phases:
The Conceptualization Phase:
The project conceptualization phase includes brainstorming and high-level need study that involves two critical factors:
Identify and define the problem
Identify and define potential solutions
It is estimated that about five percent (5%) of direct labor dollars will be devoted to this phase.
The Feasibility Study Phase:
The feasibility study phase considers the technical aspects of conceptual alternatives. The purposes of the feasibility study are to:
Plan the project development and implementation activities
Estimate the probable elapse time, staffing, and equipment requirement
Identify the probable costs and consequences of investing in the project
Evaluate the alternative conceptual solutions along with associated benefits and costs
It is estimated that about ten percent (10%) of direct labor hours/dollars needed for the project will be devoted to this phase.
The Preliminary Planning (Defining the Requirements) Phase:
In this phase, we should consider the following activities:
General scope of the work
Objectives and related background
Responsibilities and roles
Contractor’s tasks, support equipment, and performance requirement (if contractors are needed)
Data items (documentation)
Equipment, computer hardware and software, facilities, and services
Exhibits, attachments, and appendices
It is estimated that about fifteen percent (15%) of direct labor dollars needed for the project will be devoted to this phase.
Detailed Project Planning:
In the phase, the following necessary project information requirements are defined at project initiation:
The statement of work (SOW)
The project specifications
The milestone schedule
The work breakdown structure (WBS)
In addition, the following types of project plans will be developed:
Detailed Schedule plan
Project administration and organization plan
Logistics support plan (maintenance planning, manpower and personnel, supply support, support equipment, technical data, training and training support)
Monitoring and control plan
Security threats, monitoring, and control plan
Risk management plan
Contracts and procurement plan
Continuous improvement plan
1and others may be added later
It is estimated that about twenty percent (20%) of direct labor dollars needed for the project will be devoted to this phase.
In this phase, all software components and application features are developed and integrated into the system, and all features are thoroughly tested. It is a software manufacturing and integration phase where the emphasis is on managing resources and controlling operations to optimize costs, schedules, and quality.
During the software construction phase we will focus on the following activities
Physical data model,
Physical process model
Prepare user guides and documentation and
Conduct unit testing.
It is estimated that about forty percent (40%) of direct labor dollars needed for the project will be devoted to this phase.
Testing and Commissioning Phase:
In this phase, software components and the complete system will be tested for various functionality levels. The testing activities include
Integration testing for checking the completeness of all pieces of a system i.e. files, programs, data structures, command streams etc.
Functional testing of the individual subsystems, which have been successfully integrated, followed by entire system, will be carried out as per functional test cases.
User test the system and provide feedback.
It is estimated that about ten percent (10%) of direct labor dollars needed for the project will be devoted to this phase.
Risk Management Plan:
The team should create a Risk Management Plan which might include such sections as
Risk Management Planning
Qualitative Risk Analysis
Quantitative Risk Analysis
Risk Response Planning
Risk Monitoring and Control
Review and reassess the identified Risk Analysis Matrix
Demote/promote the identified risk, explain the reason
Identify any possible new risks
Prepare tables for comparison and shows how are the risks related to the degree of project maturity
Severity of Consequences F