Firstly, for the server Operating System
(OS), I have decided to use the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.
As compared to other operating systems
such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Ubuntu 14.04, statistics have shown that a
massive 84.46% of the desktop market share is dominated by Windows, which means
that majority of the users are using the Windows Operating System. This means
that the Windows Operating System will provide the greatest amount of
compatibility with software and hardware that’s already out there, which
solidified my decision on choosing the Windows OS.
Secondly, for the office software suit, I
have decided to use Office Professional 2016 by Microsoft, which is a very
useful tool for small businesses. By using this, employees will have access to
Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Outlook 2016 and many more.
Also, as iStar has other office branches
overseas (Malaysia & Indonesia), by using Office Professional 2016,
employees can share their PowerPoint presentation over the web by sending a
link or using the Office Presentation Service to deliver it. This way, employees
can connect with other employees or clients regardless of which country they
are located at.
Lastly, I plan to use the Norton Small
Business Protection software to protect the mobiles devices and laptops. The
Norton Small Business Protection is designed by Symantec, a well-known American
Globally, small businesses have been the
target of over one-third of all attacks. Due to a lack of adequate protection
and defense that large corporations have constructed, cybercriminals have been
seeing small businesses as an easy target.
For example, if the computer or network
has been infected with malware, Hackers can use the company system to
perpetrate other attacks on larger partner companies. Also, if the malware has
infiltrated your company’s system, Hackers can freeze company data and demand a
large payment to release it (ransomware).
This way, not only will the company lose
money, they will also lose the trust of their partners.
With Norton Small Business Protection, we
can protect laptops from online threats and identity thief. Smartphones can
also be protected from loss and unwanted access to customer information.
I chose Symantec as compared to companies
such as OfficeScan because I can customize the protection with the combination
of employees and devices to better cater to iStar’s needs. Symantec also allows
lost or stolen devices to be reported and locked in the middle of the night,
employees being able to contact the certified technicians anytime, and being
able to address performance issues before the day begins. This has made
Symantec a highly efficient and a better suited choice for iStar.