What should a CEO do when a disaster strikes? – How should a business determine to what extent of a disaster they should be planning for? – What are some new technologies for business continuity?

With companies relying so heavily on technology, business continuity is essential to mitigate loss and ensure survival. Business continuity and disaster recovery solutions are designed to protect a firm from any form of disruption and get technology, people, and network back in business quickly.

Resource: Modern Disaster Recovery Workshop: Developing an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuibH0n6W9s

After watching the provided video, create your original post by answer one/two of the following questions:

– What should a CEO do when a disaster strikes?

– How should a business determine to what extent of a disaster they should be planning for?

– What are some new technologies for business continuity?

Feel free to share any other videos you may find and any other document that may clarify these relevant concepts. This discussion offers you the opportunity to express your own thoughts, ask questions for clarification, and gain insight from your classmates’ responses and instructor’s guidance.

Requirements

You are required to post one (1) initial post and to follow up with at least two (2) response posts. For your initial post (1), you must compose a post of one to two paragraphs by Friday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

For your response posts (2), you must reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread by Tuesday, December 19th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Please, demonstrate more depth and thought than simply stating “I agree” or “You are wrong.”

Integrated rubric in Blackboard:

Eassy 1.  When assessing potential disaster threats, a business should focus on two aspects: their geographical location and who the attacker may be. Depending on location, businesses have different natural disasters to be concerned with. In the north, water, delivered through winds and flooding, is a major issue. The winter in the north is of utmost concern as water may enter outside fans known as condensers and freeze from within, thus stopping the airflow that cools the data center. Southern and western locations face quite the opposite natural disaster: droughts. Droughts cause large amounts of dust that can clog up the air, and the lack of water is a major concern as none can be fed through A/C systems. Similar to such air problems, the Northeast is also concerned with volcanoes throwing ash into the air and affecting data centers. Secondly, businesses must decipher whether the threat is a malicious user or a genuine user with accidental error. A malicious user may be a hacker or a previous employer, most of which will employ a serious of attacks, including a search for firewall holes, employing a phishing attack, or in the case of a previous employee, utilizing back door attacks. When it comes to genuine users, human error is the issue. One may simply miss a hole in software that should have been fixed; although not a malicious attack, it is a concern all the same. By analyzing such disaster threats, a company should determine which DR plan to utilize.

 

Ideally, a CEO should be taking action to ensure an efficient disaster recovery prior to any disaster actually occurring. Pat O’Day compares DR to insurance, calling it a “necessary evil.” Thus, although it does not appear relevant to everyday business operations, the CEO should be ensuring that IT is routinely testing the plan to make sure that it still works up to the level necessary to keep operations running and to make sure that if any updates need to be run, they have the ability and time to do so. Now, when disaster truly does strike, depending on the DR plan that has been put into place, the CEO has limited options. If he only has a cold site, he needs to begin assembling applications as soon as possible as they will take days to completely reload, days during which business and revenue will be lost. If he has a frugal warm site, IT and employees should migrate to the recovery site and reboot all operations. If he has a local site, he should hope that the disaster did not affect both the original location and his back up site; assuming his site is safe, business will continue relatively quickly. In the case of a mission critical business and one with large capital dedicated to IT, the CEO will have little concern about the disaster affecting his database as he likely has an expensive hot site where all data is replicated and ready to be used. These scenarios and consequential options prove that a DR plan can determine largely how well a business regenerates, which is significant in terms of revenue, following a disaster.

 

Eassy 2. Preparing for a disaster is incredibly important, not only personally but for business as well. It is especially important for CEOs of big companies to come up with continuity plans that will keep a business running smoothly in the face of adversity. A business’ disaster plan should be good enough that when something does happen all a CEO must do is put it into action. When a business is deciding what events they need to be prepared for they should take multiple things into account. First, it is always important to keep cost in mind. In an ideal world, everyone will have a perfect backup of everything and will never have to worry. However, this is clearly not the case in the business nor real world. CEOs should plan to cover as much as possible while still maintaining a level of economic prowess that keeps costs to a reasonable amount.

Create a 1-2 slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with visuals and speaker notes outlining performance-based total compensation plans for Del and Walmart.

Create a 1-2 slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with visuals and speaker notes outlining performance-based total compensation plans for Del and Walmart.

Include the following in your presentation:

Address how pay is used to drive organizational objectives. Include whether or not unions have a role in any of the pay strategies.

With the technology available today, could organizations get to a point where they could let the computers (information systems) generate decisions instead of managers? If yes, do you think you would truly trust the decisions the computer generated? Why or why not?

Assignment 1: Discussion—Managing Data  There are many solutions today that can help organizations reduce their need for an in-house MIS for decision making or at least provide better storage solutions. With the amount of data that organizations collect and utilize, they need to consider all of the available options to ensure that the system will perform according to expectations.  Another thing that you need to consider when it comes to MIS and decision-making systems is that when inaccurate or incomplete data is entered, you will get bogus results. This is also known as garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). You need to be sure to review all of the data for accuracy before any decisions are made that will affect the organization. A failure to review could result in analysts making critical decisions based on faulty data.  Using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet, research the efficacy of MIS and decision-making systems.  Respond to the following: •With the technology available today, could organizations get to a point where they could let the computers (information systems) generate decisions instead of managers? If yes, do you think you would truly trust the decisions the computer generated? Why or why not? •Cloud computing has come into the marketplace over the past few years. What are some advantages of using a cloud-based solution? Would this be something your past or current organization could utilize? Why or why not? •You have learned that the data utilized should align with the outcomes for which the business is striving. What if the data does not align with the business outcomes? What potential issues could this cause in terms of making an informed decision? Explain. •You have examined making informed decisions based on the data with the information system. Once an organization starts utilizing an information

Write a blog post for a target audience of business executives that explains how innovative business leaders can use the concepts from Chapters 2 and 4 of your textbook to encourage employees to adopt innovative work behaviors.

Writing a Blog 

Write a blog post for a target audience of business executives that explains how innovative business leaders can use the concepts from Chapters 2 and 4 of your textbook to encourage employees to adopt innovative work behaviors.

Include the following components:

· Use specific examples to illustrate your points.

· Be sure to present advice that is most relevant to the specific target audience.

· Maximize the benefits available in the blog format.

· Your response should be at least 2 pages in length.

· Use a minimum of 3 outside sources, one of which may be your textbook.

For this assignment, you will not be creating a blog on a web page, but writing a blog post in a Word document, following the above criteria.

 

Explain why the predjudice is occurring using the following terms: Social categorization, in-group, out-group, and ingroup-bias. Based on your readings, what type of intervention could help to reduce prejudice in a situation like this

Consider these examples from a typical, large suburban high school. 1.Kelly is a sophomore who attends a meeting of the all-male robotics club. She says she has an interest in joining the club and working on building a robot for an upcoming competition. The male members of the club snicker at her and one boy puts his foot out and “accidently” trips Kelly in the aisle. The male teacher in the room tells the boys to settle down, but he also tells Kelly that he isn’t sure she would have the necessary skills for the club, since the other members have all had several years experience building robots. “After all,” he said, “you were probably playing with dolls for all the years these boys were building things and experimenting with electronics.” 2.John is an artistic, intelligent boy who is not interested in sports or other “typical” male pursuits. He enjoys writing fiction and poetry for the school newspaper. When he gets on the school bus no one will share a seat with him. He ends up standing and a group of students in the back of the bus harass and heckle him, calling him homophobic slurs. 3.In the teachers’ lounge, a group of Caucasian teachers huddle around the water cooler gossiping about why one of their fellow teachers, an Asian-American woman, was promoted to assistant principle over other teachers with more years of experience. “I know she has a master’s degree, but I still think this is clearly an affirmative action thing—they just want to get more minorities in administration. They don’t care about who is really qualified, and that’s all there is to it.”   Select one of the examples above that you feel illustrates prejudiced attitudes. Answer the following: 1.What elements of this scenario make it an example of prejudice?  2.Is there also discrimination present?  3.Is there stereotyping in this example?  4.Explain why the predjudice is occurring using the following terms: Social categorization, in-group, out-group, and ingroup-bias. 5.Based on your readings, what type of intervention could help to reduce prejudice in a situation like this

Did Netflix underestimate the push-back from their price increase? (External Analysis) Did Netflix underestimate the bad publicity from their new pricing structure? (External Analysis)

We will complete the case on Netflix. This is case #27 in the 14th Edition of the course textbook. You will also have access to Case #28 on Netflix as another source.

CASE ABSTRACT In 2011 Netflix was the world’s largest online movie rental service. Its subscribers paid to have DVDs delivered to their homes through the U.S. mail, or to access and watch unlimited TV shows and movies streamed over the Internet to their TVs, mobile devices, or computers. On September 18, 2011 Netflix CEO and Co-Founder Reed Hastings announced on the Netflix blog that the company was splitting its DVD delivery service from its online streaming service, rebranding its DVD delivery service Qwikster as a way to differentiate it from its online streaming service, and creating a new website for it. Three weeks later, in response to customer outrage and confusion, Hastings rescinded the to rebrand the DVD delivery service Qwikster and re-integrating it into Netflix. Nevertheless, by October 24, 2011, only five weeks after the initial split, Netflix acknowledged that it had lost 800,000 US subscribers and expected to lose yet more, thanks both to the Qwikster debacle and the price hike the company had decided was necessary to cover increasing content costs.6

Despite this setback, Netflix continued to believe that by providing the cheapest and best subscription-paid, commercial-free streaming of movies and TV shows it could still rapidly and profitably fulfill its envisioned goal to become the world’s best entertainment distribution platform.

CASE OBJECTIVES:

  1. To discuss the merits of the Rebranding Decision at Netflix.
  2. To discuss Netflix’s new pricing structure.
  3. To discuss domestic/international online growth opportunities.
  4. To discuss streaming vs. mail order distribution.
  5. To discuss original content strategies.

Paper, 12-15 pages, due by the end of week 8, must include the following elements: Title page, Executive Summary, Content, Reference page(s). Remember that you are to research Netflix and provide a minimum of 10 resources that must be applied in the case analysis.  You must adhere to ALL APA rules and guidelines. If you have questions about any APA guidelines, please ask me.

NOTE:  You will follow the same format as the Amazon case 

Analyze the following in the case analysis:

Each of these content areas should be addressed

  • Historical Background and Current Situation of Netflix
  • Governance information i.e. CEO, COB, VPs, Board of Directors, etc. (same as for Amazon)
  • Application of the Pearce and Robinson Strategic Management Model (p. 11) with its 11 steps as described in the course book (Robinson_Chapter_1) as it aligns with Netflix (see the 3 functions of the model as it aligns with strategic management process on pp. 11-15).  Each area of the 11-step model will be addressed with a paragraph analyzing how Netflix has applied the model to their strategic planning process.
  • External Analysis
  • Internal Analysis
  • Analysis of Strategic Factors
  • Strategic Alternatives and Recommended Strategies
  • Summary and Conclusion

Please address the following questions within each of the areas above:

  • Did Netflix underestimate the push-back from their price increase? (External Analysis)
  • Did Netflix underestimate the bad publicity from their new pricing structure? (External Analysis)
  • Did Netflix underestimate the number of subscription cancellations that resulted from their new pricing structure?  (Internal Analysis)
  • Is Netflix actually correct in moving from mail order distribution to online streaming? (Internal Analysis)
  • Discussion of implications of the case for middle managers. (Internal Analysis)
  • Did Netflix implement too quickly? (Analysis of Strategic Factors)
  • Can Netflix compete with Amazon Prime? (Analysis of Strategic Factors)

Examine central tendency and variability based on two separate variables. You will also explore the implications for positive social change based on the results of the data.

Instructions: For this Discussion, you will examine central tendency and variability based on two separate variables. You will also explore the implications for positive social change based on the results of the data.
Present and report a descriptive analysis for your variables, specifically noting the following:

For your continuous variable:

Report the mean, median, and mode.
What might be the better measure for central tendency? (i.e., mean, median, or mode) and why?
Report the standard deviation.
How variable are the data?
How would you describe this data?
What sort of research question would this variable help answer that might inform social change?

Post the following information for your categorical variable:

A frequency distribution.
An appropriate measure of variation.
How variable are the data?
How would you describe this data?
What sort of research question would this variable help answer that might inform social change?

Number of Pages: 2 Pages

Deadline: 8 hours

Academic Level: College

Paper Format: APA

What factors are likely to be responsible for these differences? List and explain at least three factors that are likely to account for the differences in Alice’s and Bob’s success rates.

(TCO 4) Two project managers in the same organization, Alice and Bob, have very different success rates. Nearly all of Alice’s projects are completed on time and within budget and deliver their expected benefits, whereas many of Bob’s projects are late, over budget, and fail to fully satisfy their users. What factors are likely to be responsible for these differences? List and explain at least three factors that are likely to account for the differences in Alice’s and Bob’s success rates. Write at least two sentences explaining each of these factors. Your answer should be one or more paragraphs containing at least six complete sentences.

Using the knowledge and insights gained from the textbook and other reliable sources answer the following. Define, in your own words, qualitative research. Locate and cite two different types of qualitative research articles related to your PICOT project.

Purpose: Discussion class 504 .Unit 6.topic 1

Things to remember:

· Please review the Discussion Board Participation grading rubric under Course Resources in the Grading Rubrics section.

This is important information that will ensure that you earn maximum points. Your postings should be qualitative and provide substantive depth that advances the discussion.

Please see the Writing Center located in the student portal for assistance with writing, APA, and online communication.

Discussion post is at least 200 words.

Answers all questions with opinions/ideas creatively and clearly. Supports post using several outside, peer-reviewed sources.

3 References, try to find resources that are 5 years or less

No errors with APA format 6thEdition

To Discuss:

Topic 1: Qualitative Research Design

Using the knowledge and insights gained from the textbook and other reliable sources answer the following. Define, in your own words, qualitative research. Locate and cite two different types of qualitative research articles related to your PICOT project. Provide a brief explanation of each design. Identify a potential qualitative research study that is important to nursing and describe which design you would use for this study, why you would use that design, and how the information generated from the study could be applied in nursing practice. Reflect on the value of qualitatitve research adding to the science, knowledge, and practice of nursing.

See the Discussion Board grading rubric on the Course Resources.

What are the three types of beliefs? Briefly explain each and offer an example.

Follow the directions in each section and answer the questions as comprehensively as possible. Make sure to provide correct citations for the terms and definitions used from the textbook. A high level of analysis should guide your answers, which should be typed underneath each question.

I. Compulsory questions: You must answer all the questions in this section:

1. What are the three types of beliefs? Briefly explain each and offer an example. (6 points)

2. Three elements are necessary for the construction of a rational argument. What are they and offer an example of your use of each in making an argument for or against a public issue. (6 points)

3. What is the TARES Test? Explain what each letter of this acronym means. (10 points)

4. Balance Theory and Dissonance Theory share some common understandings about humans and how they deal with persuasion. Describe both theories and comment on what they have in common using examples. (13 points)

II. Answer the following two in this section: 

5. What are values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors? Explain how they are connected. Take a single issue (the textbook uses smoking) and show how it relates to your own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. (15 points)

6. What characteristics of the source of a persuasive attempt, the nature of that attempt itself, and of the target of the persuasive effort will influence the likely success of that persuasive effort? List all the characteristics and provide an example of each where applicable. (15 points)