Business Studies

Oil & Gas operations and Corporate Social Responsibility
October 30, 2020
Measure of how appropriate organizational goals are
October 30, 2020

Business description from previous project:

You work for We Make Neat Things (WMNT), Inc., a small startup company providing turnkey Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. The company has just won a new contract to provide an IIoT solution for the local diary industry. Data will be captured from the barn, grow-out area, and beyond to provide correlated information about production with the goal to improve revenue for farmers and processors. Multiple sensors will capture data for each animal such as the amount and type of feed, weight, volume of milk, and quality of milk. The data is sent in a specific encrypted format to the WMNT “appliance” where the data is decrypted, verified for accuracy, and re-encrypted before being stored on cloud- based servers. Benefits of using an external company to provide the servers include easy and low cost scalability of storage and computing power. This also provides a lower cost solution compared to WMNT purchasing, configuring, and maintaining the servers and required network infrastructure. The cloud-based server provider has yet to be chosen. The appliance will encrypt all data before sending to the backend database. An integrated router will provide the connection to an available WiFi network. Initial research has shown that approximately 50% of barns have an existing Internet connection (wired or WiFi). The other 50% would require the installation of a router or optionally connect to a cellular network. This will require an account with a cellular provider. The IIoT appliance will provide this optional functionality but the customer pays for monthly plans and/or data usage. The solution includes a number of advanced software functions. A web-based application provides the ability to search, organize, and view the data. Users will be able to graphically view key performance indicators through dashboards, graphs, and other automated tools. Data mining tools will help users find relationships amount variables to enhance production. Mobile versions for both Android and iOS will be available.

Your team is to design all the hardware (including the sensor boards) and software for the appliance. The project must be completed within five months. Complete the design in three months. Installation and field trials to monitor 20 animals will take one month. This leaves one month to complete the other tasks required to manage the project (this can be spread out throughout the project as necessary).

The project team consists of:

You will act as the project manager. Besides managing the project, you will act as liaison with customers, management, and outside consultants.

Jack and Jill – Both are software developers with several years of experience developing applications.

William and Kate – Both are computer network technologists with several years of experience installing and securing wireless networks. Kate also has experience designing databases. William has worked on several project teams in the past. He has experience installing and configuring all the necessary applications the team will need, including, software development tools, hardware development tools (including CAD), and collaboration tools.

Hans and Gretta – Both have designed numerous Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices in the past three years.

The budget for the project is $400,000.

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Current Situation:

The team has just found out about a big program meeting in England next month that the project manager and one or two of team members should attend. The project sponsor (and owner of the company), Ben, has made it clear that delivering a good product is the most important goal, and he thinks you should have no problem meeting your schedule goal. He can authorize additional funds, if needed. Your team has agreed to add a one-week buffer at the end of the project to ensure that you finish on time or early.

Objective:
Identify at least four milestones for this project. Write a one-page paper that describes each milestone using the SMART criteria.

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