Midterm – IMAT 637

Using 1,800-2,000 words, write an individual research paper on the project you have chosen for Activities 1-6. and answer the following questions.

As a minimum, the research paper will include the following areas:

  1. What is the background of your      problem statement?
  2. Why did you select the specific      problem statement?
  3. The decision to perform an      acquisition is heavily influenced by how it relates to the strategic      business goals of an organization. Explain why you think the acquisition      you are detailing in your submitted Activities potentially supports the      strategic business goals of the organization.
  4. Risk analysis is a critical      part of the acquisition process and is often not done very well. Looking      back at the risks you identified for your submitted project, which ones do      you believe would be most likely to be identified and accurately measured      and which ones either less likely to be identified at all or measured      correctly. Explain why. Does your analysis allow you to draw general      conclusions on the type of risk that would be likely to be overlooked      or mis-analyzed in future projects you might work on?
  5. Most scenarios submitted for      your alternative solutions included either a COTS product or      a SaaS-based solution. Gartner is a top analyst that provides      great insights on IT solutions across a wide range of business needs. Go      to http://www.gartner.com/technology/home.jsp or      leverage on another research database to look at articles related to the      IT solution you are acquiring and share the analysis on key vendors,      product trends, and market potential.
  6. In Session 5 lecture notes,      under the heading Commercial Acquisitions, there are      references to three readings. Determine if any of them apply to your      project. If so, why? If not, why not?

NOTE: This is a research paper, not a Q&A session. The questions above are intended to be used as guidelines for your research paper.

Additional format information about this research paper:

  • Double spaced
  • Word count only applies to the      content of the paper, excluding abstract, table of content (if included),      and references
  • Cite at least twelve (12)      references in APA format

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