Iteration 1 Orientation in Mega Tech Company

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Plan

Following an official invitation in Mega Tech Company, I made an effort of meeting Mrs. Limo the Human Resource Personnel. Our meeting was involved issuing of schedule plan for carrying out various activity. According to schedule, iteration was supposed to take about two weeks. During the first week, I was involved in introduction process concerning how activities, schedule and work plan in the organization are carried out. Training session involved having an introduction in company facilitated by Mr. Rand, the Consultant, and NIST representative. The fist half of the week I was introduced to Mega Tech Company structure of the organization. Sub-activities in the session included meeting different heads of departments, heads of various Oracle database structures as well as professional in database designing, development, and maintenance (Dey, et al., 2006). The second half of week shall involve an introduction to industrial policies, company principles and ethical issues involved in Mega Tech Company (B. V. Limo, Personal Communication February 03, 2016).

The second week involved training session conducted in company research and innovation workshop. According to the schedule issued by Mrs. Limo sub-activities in the session included an introduction to database systems. The session was to be facilitated by Mrs. Avian, the Database designer, and developer. Interns shall be trained on introduction to the architectural design of databases such as end user interface, and server interface (K. R. Avian, Personal Communication February 04, 2016). The session involved working an introduction to application systems within the organization that is controlled by the database. The second half of week involved training on handling Oracle databases settings and configurations as well as basic operations accrued to database systems.

Action

I took part in a session involving an introduction to Oracle database and systems integration. Through session facilitated by Mr. Rand, the various procedural standards implemented in working with Oracle databases were introduced. Mr. Rand guides us on how to implement NIST and ISO standards in designing, developing, and implementation of databases. Mega Tech Company policies various rules, regulations, as well as ethical issues, were outlined.  Mr. Rand introduced and demonstrated best practices involved with databases like

  1. Implementing backups
  2. Installing and updating antivirus software, firewall software
  3. Security concerns such as checking status of firewalls, Intruder Detection Systems,
  4. Demilitarized Zone and Authentication analysis.

He also introduced us to standards concerned with handling big data and information that is transferred across the network to cloud computing and analyzed reports. Standards covered included encryption techniques such as SHA, MD5, and Hash functions (H. A. Rand, Personal Communication February 06, 2016).

I was involved in second-week training facilitated by Mrs. Avian. She guided us on technical issues involved in handling and interacting with Oracle database systems. Various activities carried out in the training included interacting with client-server model architecture that implements 2-tier and 3-tier architectural model. The session involves an introduction to systems interaction commands applied within the database to perform basic activities such as collecting, storing, retrieving and processing data. Mrs. Avian introduced application programs that were integrated within database such as

  1. Entity Relationship Processing (ERP)
  2. Customer relations management (CRM) systems
  3. Decision Support Systems (DSS)

Other operation covered by interns included having an awareness of conducting basic activities such as troubleshooting, configuring, setting, and diagnosing database systems (K. R. Avian, Personal Communication February 08, 2016).

Observation

The session involving introduction and orientation in Mega Tech Company was facilitated by Mrs. Avian and Mr. Rand. Through their intervention, I have observed that Database systems are implemented in organizations to facilitate storing, retrieving, and processing of information. Through training session facilitated by Mr. Rand I have observed various professional standards, policies, as well as an ethical issue are required for effective and efficient operations in working environment. I observed that some IT basic practices are vital in maintenance and general operation of IT-related operations. Activities such as data and information backing up, antivirus software installation and updating as well maintaining information security do basic practices that every systems manager should practice (H. A. Rand, Personal Communication February 10, 2016). I observed that databases required perimeter security maintenance usually implemented through the installation of security systems which includes tools, hardware, and software.

Through session facilitated by Mrs. Avian, I realized that Oracle database comprised several platforms that end users interact with. The software components referred to as middleware act as interfaces between user and hardware components. Databases are implemented through client-server model architecture where end users can gain access to different processes, applications, as well as subsystems within databases (K. R. Avian, Personal Communication February 12, 2016). I observed that many systems could be attached to the database systems. Most of the company processes were managed and controlled by dedicated servers. Applications and processes running operations and activities of the company were operated and managed through a central database. Online and web-based operations were stored and accessed from database systems (Timko, et al., 2014).

Reflection

Orientation activities facilitated by Mrs. Limo, Mrs. Avian, and Mr. Rand went well. The introduction to the structure of the organization was done effectively whereby I gained the ability to work with different departmental members and heads. Social network and link among various divisions in Mega Tech Company were done through dedicated channels of communication that depended on the database structure (Devine, et al., 2009). The data and information were collected from departmental databases and managed by a single dedicated database. IT is department managed under database manager controlled communication processes (H. A. Rand, Personal Communication February 14, 2016). Authentication and verification management of user through creation of accounts was covered during a training session.

Mrs. Avian covered training involving an introduction to the architectural design of the database. Through her effective training session, I understood the Main activities involved management of servers, such as file servers, web servers and application servers. I acquired knowledge on how to integrate various types of server. Through configuration operations introduced by Mrs. Avian, I gained knowledge on how to implement and control direct operations of Oracle databases. The relationship between applications, processes as well as the software was introduced in session(Haddar, et al., 2016). I understood the concept of integrating business processes such as analyzing systems which included Online Analysis Process (OLAP) and data mining tools among other dedicated systems in database architecture. I have gained the ability to work with 2-tier and 3-tier architecture of the database. Management of databases depends on schema implemented that support Oracle database. SQL commands form language of communication between in database architecture (K. R. Avian, Personal Communication February 16, 2016).

References

Devine, H. A., Hummer, J. E., & Rasdorf, W. (2009). Data Integration of Pavement Markings: A Case in Transportation Asset Management. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 23, 5, 288-298.

Dey, D., Zhang, Z., & De, P. (2006). Optimal Synchronization Policies for Data Warehouses. Informs Journal on Computing, 18, 2, 229-242.

Haddar, N., Tmar, M., & Gargouri, F. (2016). A data-centric approach to manage business processes. Computing : Archives for Scientific Computing, 98, 4, 375-406.

Timko, I., Dyreson, C., &Pedersen, T. B. (2014). A probabilistic data model and algebra for location-based data warehouses and their implementation. Geoinformatica : an International Journal on Advances of Computer Science for Geographic Information Systems, 18, 2, 357-403.



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