The following are the vital hardware that will be required for the business to succeed;
1) Two desktop computers and one laptop.
a) A processor of central processing frequencies of 2.5 to 3.2GHz from AMD or Intel so as to increase its data processing speed
b) Dual processor. This means the computer will have two central processing units that take turns to process data hence increasing speed and efficiency.
c) Hard drive size of more than three Terabytes for large storage
d) A universal operating system like Microsoft windows. Other operating systems like apple may also be bought for compatibility with diverse users. (Clements, 1985)
Other hardware to be bought are;
A colored printer
Desk telephone
Examples Operating systems available:
The best operating system is Windows 7. This is mainly due to its universal acceptance and user friendly interface features such as:
a) It has a high booting and processing speed. This will ensure faster processing of supply orders.
b) It is compatible with many other operating systems such as Vista and Windows XP
c) It has lower hardware requirements that will save costs
d) It has good search and organization features that can help locate lost files. This will help bill to locate different client hotel files easily.
e) The presence of a task bar menu makes it to be easy to control and manage.
f) The stacking feature that allows one to drag a window to a particular side and it sticks automatically
g) It has touch ability for touch sensitive devices. This feature will be crucial especially when using cloud mobile computing devices like the tablets.
Other technology
1) Mobile cloud computing devices such as Giant Amazon EC2 smart phones, tablets, handheld devices, and wearable computing devices. Applications of smart companies like Apple, Google and even blackberry are important. These devices enable a better user of mobile applications as well as incorporating computing and technology (Bridgman, 1995)
Such devices will enable the business owner to be mobile, keep updated and interactive with his customer through the new media. Bill will even be able to place online orders for his goods.
2) Installation of wireless internet (Bridgman, 1995) network, Bluetooth or internet looters
Internet access will be crucial to the sales and marketing business. With a better access to technology, Bill will be able to search for goods online, hotels and restaurants demands. It also will enable fast sharing of information.
3) Business website, feedback or portal
Any successful business must embrace social media marketing. With a good social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and a good website or customer interaction portal, Bill will be able to reduce moving costs and travel costs. The business will embrace e-commerce in placing, paying and business deals negotiation.
4) Data back-up devices or systems. This will be majorly to handle the threat of data loss or damage in case of any accident. Back-up can be in flash drives or discs.
Software and training
The following software should be purchased:
Antivirus like Kaspersky
a) Video teleconferencing software for live customer chat
b) Operating systems like Windows, Vista, Apple and Android
c) Mobile and computer internet sharing software (Software, 1985).
e) Data protection and Internet and website protection software like MacAfee (Software ,1985). This will minimize hacking threat on Bill’s data.
f) Basic online trading applications like Amazon, OLX and e-bay for e-commerce purposes.
Training needed:
a) Basic computer packages like word, excel, power point
b) Internet technology including web-designing and Internet protocol
c) Mobile telephony technology (Software, 1985).
d) E-commerce training.
Estimated costs
a) Computers and laptop- US $500
b) Printer- US $ 120
c) Telephone- US $40
d) Smart phone mobile device- US $ 80
e) Cloud computing tablet: $300
f) Installation of wire-less internet network or internet looter-$ 150
g) Data back-up disk and devices – US $ 75
h) Software purchasing and installation cost- US $ 800
i) Training costs- US $ 400
j) Transportation costs- US $ 100
k) Other unexpected costs- US $ 150
Total plan cost – US $ 2715
Bridgman, R. F. (1995). Technology. London: Dorling Kindersley.
Clements, A. (1985). The principles of computer hardware. Oxford, OX: Oxford University Press.
Software. (1985). Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books.


C10; Introduction to Computers
Assignment 8; Business Consulting
Remember Bill? He was the gentleman that you helpedto start up his business in week 4. Well his business is doing well, but he has come to you with some questions and concerns. You discuss each of these with Bill and promise to send him a written report with your suggestions and recommendations. Submit your written response to Bill’s questions and concerns below.
1. Bill has set up a spreadsheet in Excel that will help him keep track of expenses. So far, he has this:

Tell Bill how to do the following tasks:
• What formula or function does he put in Column F that will show the total expenses for each day?
• What formula or function does he put in columns B through F in Row 13 that will give him the total expenses for the week in each category?
• Bill wants the entry in Column G to remind him of expenses that require receipts for the accountant. Tell Bill what to put in Column G to do this:
a. Print the word “Yes” in any row where the total daily expenses are greater than or equal to $100.00.
b. If the daily expenses total is less than $100.00, leave the Column G entry for that row blank.
2. Bill’s business is already expanding. He thinks that in a few weeks, he will need to hire one or two employees to help him. He knows that each new employee will need their own computer. He is also making the necessary changes so that the new employees will be working in a spare room in Bill’s house. Explain to Bill what networking options he has. Go through each type or configuration of network possible for him, making sure that you explain the pros and cons of each configuration. Finish with your suggestion for the network that he should set up and explain what new hardware will be required to do this.
3. With the possibility of three business computers in his home, and all of his business records possibly vulnerable, this would be a good time to advise Bill on how to set up a routine plan to protect and defend his new network. Provide a list of the five most important concerns for safety and security of the network and the computers in the network. For each concern, specify the action to be taken, and if applicable, what software you recommend be added to the system. Justify each of your recommendations.

Your proposal will be evaluated using the rubric below. Make sure you read the rubric and have a clear idea of what is expected. If there are any additional questions that you would have asked Bill be sure to note them as you explain to Bill what networking options he has so that you can explain what additional information could change your suggestion if any.