A narrative has a point. Usually, it revolves around some kind of life lesson or lessons of right and wrong.

A narrative/personal experience speech recounts an experience you’ve had and the significance you’ve attached to it. For your first speech assignment, you must prepare and present a narrative/personal experience speech of three to five minutes. Preparing the Speech Use the following steps to prepare your speech: 1. Select a goal for your speech. a. Brainstorm ideas of topics you know something about and which are important to you. For instance, if you have a special pet that has made life better for you, you could tell your audience about the things your pet has done. If a teacher in high school made an impression on you, you might want to talk about one or two specific things that teacher did. If you had a particularly fun job once, you could talk about some of the things that made it fun. Brainstorming should take about one hour. b. Determine what kind of audience you’ll speak to, how large it is, and what the occasion is. For example, if you’ve chosen to talk about your experiences with your pet, your audience could be members of a local Humane Society gathered to discuss increasing adoption of homeless pets. If you’ve chosen to talk about your experiences in science class, you could prepare for a speech before a group of high school students at a science fair, or for a group of teachers at an educational seminar. If you’re going to talk about a job you had once, your audience could be made up of people who still work for the company. Lesson 1 27 c. Develop a speech goal statement tailored to your audience. This is a single sentence saying what you want your audience to know, believe, or do. An example of a speech goal statement on an informative speech about animals could be, “I want people to know how much fun I’m having with my dog, Charlie.” For a goal related to a speech about your experience in history class, you might state, “I want people to know how my teacher inspired me,” or “I want teachers to know how to make the subject of history more interesting.” 2. Gather, evaluate, and prioritize information to use in your speech. a. Even though you already know something about the subject you’ve chosen for your speech, you’ll need to compile additional information. Read other materials and draw on others’ expertise. b. Once you’ve compiled enough information and you feel completely comfortable with the material or subject, determine which data seem legitimate, valid, or otherwise useful for your purpose. c. Decide which facts you absolutely want to impart to your audience. Set aside superfluous information. However, don’t forget it exists—you may find it valuable if anyone in your audience asks questions. 3. Organize your ideas by creating a well-structured outline. a. Identify three to five main ideas you want your audience to remember. b. Combine your speech goal statement with these ideas, and create a thesis statement. Writing your goal statement and thesis should take about one hour. c. Develop your main points. Take about two hours to develop them fully. d. Develop and outline the body of the speech. Choose an organizational style: chronologically forward (or backward) or some other fashion. e. Create an introduction that grabs the attention of the audience, establishes for the listener some relevance, and states your thesis. 28 Speech f. Create a conclusion that summarizes your goal and main points and gives the audience a sense of closure. g. Compile a list of sources (similar to a bibliography). 4. Choose and prepare presentation aids. a. Use aids if they help to clarify, emphasize, or dramatize what you’re going to say. b. Ensure that your aids use more than just words. c. Ensure that any visual aids are large enough to be seen by the audience. This specific size will be dependent on how large your audience will be. d. Ensure that any audio aids are easily heard. Audio/video aids shouldn’t be longer than 15 seconds for three minute speeches or 30 seconds for five minute speeches. e. Figure out how to incorporate the aids. Where will you introduce a slide? When will you change the slide? Will you keep the slide on the screen throughout the speech, or will you shut it off once you’ve spoken about the subject to which it applies. Take one or two hours to practice with your visual aids. 5. Practice your speech in front of friends or relatives. a. Practice until you feel your wording is accurate, clear, vivid, and appropriate. This process will be accomplished through adjustments you make almost every time you rehearse your speech. b. Practice until you believe your delivery is intelligible, conversational, and expressive. c. Practice integrating your presentation aids until you can do so confidently and smoothly. d. Continue practicing until you can deliver it within the time limit and without reading it. 6. Record the practice speech, and play it back to yourself. You should practice for about two hours before recording. Ask yourself the following questions: a. Are you in focus? b. Can you hear yourself clearly? c. Are you making eye contact? Lesson 1 29 Recording the Speech Once you’ve reached the point that you’re satisfied with your delivery, record the speech. 1. Begin the recording by reading the following sentence. (Fill in the blank as you read.) The audience I’m addressing for this speech is _______. 2. Pause for a few seconds (count to five in your head), and then begin your speech. 3. Watch the recorded speech. Ensure that it fulfills the requirements for the assignment. Reviewing the video and fixing any errors should take an hour.

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Largo Corporation is responsible for information technology (IT) that supports the company goals

Title Infrastructure Modernization Review 2. Introduction The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Largo Corporation is responsible for information technology (IT) that supports the company goals. More specifically, the CTO plays a key role in defining the strategy and approach for effectively applying information technology to enable the goals and objectives of the organization to be carried out.

Largo Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation that serves a broad range of clients and their needs. Think in terms of a large company like General Electric which is involved in a wide range of businesses. Largo Corporation is a high energy organization in an extremely competitive environment that strives for high quality and timely delivery of products and services to its clients. Ms. Tara Johnson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), is a driven leader who has high expectations on her managers and employees.

Ms. Johnson has been disappointed with the poor company performance last quarter. Her personal opinion is that the organization is underutilizing information technology (IT). She feels that there are state-of-the-art and emerging technologies that can be applied to the company that can immediately address current user issues and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations.

She asked the CTO to form an IT modernization team to conduct an analysis to determine where the company’s current IT infrastructure is misaligned with the company’s business needs and to identify recommendations. In addition, the team must prepare a presentation describing a proposal to modernize the IT infrastructure and report to the CEO and other corporate executives.

It is common for organizations to have modernization projects. Reasons for these projects include a new set of business requirements being introduced, the emergence of new technologies that can be leveraged and past political and budget issues that have slowed down the infusion of technology into the organization over time.

You will learn about infrastructure components such as hardware; software; and networks and telecommunications. You will also learn how to evaluate these technologies to meet business requirements with consideration to the corporate mission and culture. In addition you will be developing communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills.

Understanding system capabilities provided by the infrastructure components and the application of this knowledge to enable an organization’s strategic goals and objectives to encompass core knowledge, skills, and abilities are a knowledge base that IT personnel are expected to possess. Effective IT professionals are expected to be up-to-date on trends in technology, current IT innovations, and which technologies will provide a competitive advantage for an organization. Most importantly, IT professionals must be able to communicate effectively (orally and written) to executive level management in a non-jargon, executive level manner that convincingly justifies the need to invest in IT improvements and modernization. This learning demonstration is designed to strengthen these essential knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by IT professionals.

3. Steps to Completion Your instructor will form the teams. Each member is expected to contribute to the team agreement which documents the members’ contact information and sets goals and expectations for the team. 1) Review the Setting Largo Corporation is a major multinational conglomerate corporation which specializes in a wide array of products and services. These products and services include healthcare, finance, retail, government services, and many more. The annual revenue is about $750 million and it has about 1,000 employees. The parent company is located in Largo, Maryland and its subsidiaries are headquartered throughout the United States. The mission of the corporation is to bring the best products and services to people and businesses throughout the world so they can then realize their full potential. The corporate vision guides every aspect of their business to achieve sustainable, quality growth: • Productivity: Be a highly effective, lean and fast-moving organization. • People: Be a great place to work where people are inspired to achieve their maximum potential. • Partners: Nurture a winning network of customers and suppliers, together we create mutual, enduring value. • Responsible: Be a responsible citizen that makes a difference through ethical behavior. • Revenue: Maximize long-term return while being mindful of our overall responsibilities. The company’s culture is reflected in their corporate values: • Leadership: Courage to shape a better future. • Collaboration: Leverage collective intelligence. • Accountability: Own up to your responsibility. • Passion: Committed to excellence. • Diversity: Provide new perspectives into our business. • Quality: We will want quality as part of our brand. The corporation consists of the parent company and the following subsidiaries: • Healthcare – Suburban Independent Clinic, Inc. (medical services) • Finance – Largo Capital (financial services) • Retail – Rustic Americana (arts and crafts), Super-Mart (office products) • Government Services – Government Security Consultants (information security) • Automotive – New Breed (electric cars) • Systems Integration – Solutions Delivery, Inc. (communications) • Media Design – Largo Media (website and app design) The organization is headed by CEO Tara Johnson who completed her Master’s degree at UMUC and eager to make worthwhile improvements to the corporation. She rose through the ranks of Largo Corporation starting with systems integration, then retail and her last position before becoming CEO was in finance. The corporation is in a highly competitive environment so the CEO wants savvy employees at many levels to make wise judgments and take an aggressive approach and deliver results towards improving the bottom line yet maintaining corporate social responsibility. 2) Gauging the Current Situation One area CEO Tara Johnson is most concerned about is the IT infrastructure of her company. Some of the subsidiaries of the corporation underperformed last quarter and she has the opinion that existing IT infrastructure contributed to the decline. Ms. Johnson set up interviews with various stakeholders both internal and external to the corporation to gain some insight into the IT concerns. They were asked “What is the most problematic issue facing you with regard to information technology.” These were the responses: “It was difficult to implement new government regulatory requirements due to outdated software systems.” (Chief Counsel, Largo Corporation) “Our computer workload varies greatly day to day and sometimes our network just cannot keep up the demand.” (Retail Operations Manager, Rustic Americana) “The organization was not able to properly analyze its data and get the information to make quality decisions quickly.” (Department Head, Largo Capital) “The networks are often slow and unreliable. It was built in the 1980’s!” (Web Designer, Largo Media) “It seems that our people who do field work could use IT to improve their operations.” (Communications Field Manager, Solutions Delivery, Inc.) “Each business unit could not exchange information easily with another business unit. For example, the financial personnel could not send budget information to the operation people without a lengthy period to convert and massage the data”. (Financial analyst, Largo Capital) “I am concerned that we do not encrypt our corporate wireless networks.” (Security specialist, Government Security Consultants) “Our employees are creating gigabytes and gigabytes of data. Our hard disks are running out of space!” (Call Center Manager, Rustic Americana) “We are getting virus and other malware all the time. What should we do?” (Operations analyst, Super-Mart) “I am worried about the possibility of privacy intrusions in our medical operations.” (Doctor, Suburban Independent Clinic) “Employees want to bring in their own personal devices but the network people won’t let them connect with our systems.” (Branch Manager, New Breed) “We business managers think that the IT personnel often fail to listen and understand our specific needs, always want to use cutting edge but unproven tools, do not ask the right questions and lack vision.” (Department Head, Largo Corporation) “As an IT professional, it seems to me that business people are unclear about their needs, constantly changing their requirements and do not understand the cost and time issues associated with technology implementation.” (Systems Developer, Largo Corporation) “Many of our younger employees see security as an interference and actually know how to successfully work around security protocols.” (Operational manager, Super-Mart) “When we call the Helpdesk for support, we never know how soon they will assist us. We have to do our jobs and have no idea what the priority is and when our issue will be addressed.” (Administrative Assistant, Largo Corporation) 3) Analyze the Issues Your work begins now. As the part of the IT modernization team, this step requires you to study and analyze these IT issues. As a first step you can group these issues into different categories such as software, hardware, networks/telecommunications, management issues, and others. In analyzing each issue, consider asking these questions: • Do I understand the meaning and nature of the issue? • Should we care about this issue? • What does literature say about this issue? • Who is affected by the issue? How so? • Which issues are most important? Least important? • How does this issue relate to corporate strategy and goals? • Why do you think this issue occurred? Do not jump the gun and identify solutions. That step comes later. Deliverable: Prepare a narrative and a summary table that would capture the results of your analysis in this step. Minimum length = 600 words. Be sure to state your assumptions. 4) Research Technologies and Technology Trends Investigate and evaluate the current and emerging technologies that have the potential of addressing the identified issues. Review your textbook, library resources and other peer-reviewed references. Evaluate the relevance of the following technology trends: cloud computing, virtualization, mobile computing, Big Data and other contemporary IT cross-functional approaches. Review and evaluate the relevancy of these trends to the current situation. Again, review your textbook, library resources and other peer-reviewed references. Deliverable: Provide a technical briefing that examines different relevant technologies and technology trends and include a short description of each. Also, explain why these technologies are applicable to Largo Corporation. Minimum length = 1,000 words. 5) Communicate the Overall Findings and Recommendations Provide a presentation that addresses a set of recommendations on the technologies and trends needed to address the current situation. A suggested agenda is as follows: • Purpose of the Briefing • Description of the Overall Environment • Analysis of the Issues • Relevant Technologies that Address the Issues including Rationale • Relevant Trends that Potentially Address the Issues including Rationale • Overall Recommendations • Conclusions The audience consists of the CEO and executives representing all of Largo Corporation subsidiaries. The presentation should consist of 15-20 slides. It should include audio narration (directions are found at: https://support.office.com/en-au/article/Add-narration-to-a-presentation-0b9502c6-5f6c-40ae-b1e7-e47d8741161c). The narration should also be captured in the slide notes. As an alternate method of delivery, you can create a video using YouTube Capture (https://www.youtube.com/capture) or a similar tool. Prepare a peer evaluation report. 4. Deliverables 1) Issue analysis table (from Step 3) 2) Technology briefing (from Step 4) 3) Final presentation (from Step 5) Create a folder to hold all of your deliverables. Title your files using this protocol: GroupNumber_G-1_AssignmentName_Date. Please zip (compress) the folder containing all of the files and the team leader is to submit the zipped file in the Assignments area. In lieu of submitting the presentation, the team leader may provide a link to the presentation file. NOTE: At the end of the project, each member of the team should email a completed Peer Evaluation form to your instructor. 5. Rubrics Criteria Weight Score

Analyze technical and non-technical issues that are evident in a given IT infrastructure 20 Identify the appropriate technology solutions to address identified issues 50 Identify the appropriate management solutions to address identified issues 20 Exhibit communication skills 10 Total 100at strategic changes can your company implement as a result of the SWOT analysis?

Describe the beginnings of EMS in your community, and discuss how it has grown.

Within each community, EMS is a vital function as a pre-hospital part of the overall health system. In today’s emergency services, EMS represents anywhere from 60 to over 80% of responses. For this two-page essay, you need to research the history of EMS within your community and how it has changed and grown over the last several decades. Some questions to be answered in this essay include the following:

 Describe the beginnings of EMS in your community, and discuss how it has grown.

 What does the current EMS system look like today?

 Who provides the EMS service, and is it efficient?

 What do you see are the immediate challenges faced by EMS as we move into community-based EMS with the advent of the Affordable Health Care Act?

All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced according to APA style. Your paper should include a title page and should include a separate reference page.

Describe the tactical priorities of an aerial device

Unit VIII Essay

Write a one-page essay about the following topic:

Describe the tactical priorities of an aerial device. Also, determine if an aerial device equipped with a pump is considered a tactical advantage or disadvantage. Your response must be at least one page in length. Your essay should be double-spaced with one-inch margins, and 12 point Times New Roman font should be used. You are not required to include a title page or a reference page.

Examine the common elements of compensation packages

Compensation Packages” Please respond to the following:

•Examine the common elements of compensation packages. Determine which two elements you believe to be the most motivational to an employee and to you. Support your position. •Compare team and individual bonuses and incentives. Determine which type of bonuses and incentives you would prefer. Support your position with examples

“Labor Unions” Please respond to the following:

•Go to the United States Department of Labor and read the section titled “Employment Rights: Who has Them and Who Enforces Them”. Next, evaluate the intended effectiveness of The Americans with Disabilities Act and The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Determine how these laws affect human resource (HR) management. Speculate what the impact of the Act will be in 10 years. Support your position. •Use the Internet to research the role of unions in the United States compared to three other countries. Next, examine how the role of unions in other countries differs from the role of unions in the United States. Provide examples of three countries and how unions operate in those countries in regard to HR management

“Company reorganization and the Future of HR” Please respond to the following:

•Provide an example of a company that has done a total “ turnaround”. Determine if the turnaround has been effective and improved its profitability. •Examine changes and developments that are currently taking place in the field of HR management. Predict two changes and developments that are likely to occur in this field in the next 10 years

Select a public health evaluation program. You may use the Healthy People 2020 Initiatives, CDC, or select another local, state, or federal program of your choice.

write a 3–5-page paper. Select 3–5 scholarly references to use in support of your response.

Respond to the following:
Select a public health evaluation program. You may use the Healthy People 2020 Initiatives, CDC, or select another local, state, or federal program of your choice.
Analyze the selected program by explaining the purpose of the program and background; the goals, measureable objectives, related activities; and the established outcomes for the program.
Examine the funding streams or vehicles for this program.
Explain how the findings of the program evaluation may be used to change a disease or public health issue.
Give reasons and examples in support of your responses.

Describe at least three (3) items that an organization’s IT / IS department should consider when an organization’s strategy calls for the use of SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS.

1. Describe at least three (3) items that an organization’s IT / IS department should consider when an organization’s strategy calls for the use of SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS.
Weight: 10%.
Thoroughly described at least three (3) items that an organization’s IT / IS department should consider when an organization’s strategy calls for the use of SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS.
2. Evaluate the ways that SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are used to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase Return on Investment (ROI).

Weight: 15%
Thoroughly evaluated the ways that SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are used to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase Return on Investment (ROI).
3. Create SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS architectural diagrams using Microsoft Visio or an equivalent such as Dia.
Weight: 20%
Thoroughly created SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS architectural diagrams using Microsoft Visio or an equivalent such as Dia.
4. Examine the impact to the IT support personnel when an organization embarks on the strategy stated in Question 1.
Weight: 10%
Thoroughly examined the impact to the IT support personnel when an organization embarks on the strategy stated in Question 1.
5. Analyze three (3) considerations that the organization’s management should be aware of.
Weight: 15%
Thoroughly analyzed three (3) considerations that the organization’s management should be aware of.
6. Examine three (3) security issues that could arise from this type of an infrastructure.
Weight: 15%
Thoroughly examined three (3) security issues that could arise from this type of an infrastructure.
7. 3 references
Weight: 5%
Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.
8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

The popularity and rapid adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) by a number of organizations has impacted internal IT / IS departments

The popularity and rapid adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) by a number of organizations has impacted internal IT / IS departments. These services provide a virtualization infrastructure that covers data storage, networking, desktop computing, mobile computing, and so on.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:
Describe at least three (3) items that an organization’s IT / IS department should consider when an organization’s strategy calls for the use of SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS.
Evaluate the ways that SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are used to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase Return on Investment (ROI).
Create SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS architectural diagrams using Microsoft Visio or an equivalent such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
Examine the impact to the IT support personnel when an organization embarks on the strategy stated in Question 1.
Analyze three (3) considerations that the organization’s management should be aware of.
Examine three (3) security issues that could arise from this type of an infrastructure.
Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
Include charts or diagrams created in Visio or an equivalent such as Dia. The completed diagrams / charts must be imported into the Word document before the paper is submitted.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Describe the process of administering enterprise systems, including the use of virtualization and monitoring, power and cooling issues.
Evaluate the total cost of ownership and return on investment for enterprise architecture alternatives
Use technology and information resources to research issues in enterprise architecture.
Write clearly and concisely about enterprise architecture topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Create a console based, non-GUI Java program using NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that displays “Hello world!”

Create a console based, non-GUI Java program using NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that displays “Hello world!”
Take a screenshot that shows the program’s successful compilation and execution.
Submit both a copy of your program and the screenshot.

Suppose the VoIP project sponsor wants you to present the project to the board of directors.

Suppose the VoIP project sponsor wants you to present the project to the board of directors. Particularly, the sponsor would like you to discuss the quality of the project. It is worth noting that during the deployment of the VoIP system the quality control team tracked forty (40) of the deployments. The following problems were documented:

Five (5) of the deployments experienced delays due to the unique configuration of the office space which required modification to install the proper wiring.
Twelve (12) of the users called the help desk to get additional training on the new system.
Two (2) of the new devices were defective.
Prepare a fifteen to twenty (15-20) slide digital presentation with the software of your choice (e.g., PowerPoint, Google slides, Prezi, etc.) in which you:

Explain quality and its importance to project success.
Explain quality management planning.
Contrast quality assurance and quality control.
Describe the different quality activities involved in this project and each of their outcomes.
Describe Pareto diagrams and their use in project management.
Present the data in the provided scenario using a Pareto diagram (Use the software of your choosing to prepare the diagram).
Use appropriate key points and / or graphics to professionally convey the information.
Include presenter notes to explain each slide.
Use at least two (2) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Include the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date in the presentation.
Include the references used in the assignment in the presentation.
Import charts, graphs, and / or the Pareto diagram into the presentation. The completed works must be imported into the presentation.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Explain and defend the various quality factors in project quality.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in IT project management.
Write clearly and concisely about issues in IT project management using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.