Over the Edge Humor Column: Windows 2000 Certification for Executives: Page 3

Posted December 23, 2000

Chris Miksanek

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Time: 70 minutes

Windows 2000 Professional Certification Exam for Executives: Expenditure Justification

This final section of the exam tests your ability to justify a migration to Windows 2000 Professional. It calls on many of your executive skills to bring such a project to fruition.

This section contains three passages, each followed by a series of questions. Read each passage carefully and complete the associated questions by selecting the best answer from the choices as quickly and accurately as you can. If you do not know the answer, move on. You have 70 minutes to complete this section.


Questions 1 through 4:
Read the passage, them complete the questions relating to it.

David Ladd is the VP of technology for Vandalay Industries Inc., a manufacturing facility with approximately 300 workstations. Applications range from inventory control and shipping to product design. Ladd just received an e-mail from the director of purchasing. Apparently, all the new PCs ordered are being shipped with Windows 2000. To help manage resources, Ladd is considering migrating all users to Win2K. Such an upgrade involves not only additional licenses for existing workstations, but hardware upgrades, as well. Further, such an upgrade might disrupt the productivity of the entire organization. Still, Ladd believes the right thing to do is to centralize with a single operating system and chooses to move ahead. He has three days to prepare a presentation to the Vandalay board requesting not only additional funding, but also informing them of the possible risks of meeting availability service levels.

Question 1:
Get your tin cup ready. The distilled version of your plea for additional funding is:
(A) We budgeted for an upgrade next year, but it makes more sense to bite the bullet now.
(B) We were blind-sided by Microsoft's early release. We thought the 2K in Win2K meant the year "2048."
(C) Living La Vida Broka: It's the cost of doing business in the changing world of IT.

Question 2:
One of the board members asks if Windows Millennium Edition, a cheaper OS, is a viable alternative.
(A) No, you say.
(B) No, you say, explaining that WindowsME is just a repackage of Windows98, whereas Windows 2000 is really a new release of Windows NT, all the while hoping that will placate them as you don't know why you even offered any additional information because you really don't know any more than that except that you wish someone from the support team was with you to field the question.
(C) Admit that for most of the Minesweeper[[correct??]]-playing workstation users, it probably would suffice, but more money could be saved on the support end-- directing their attention to a real flashy pie chart on slide #14 of your PowerPoint presentation.

Question 3:
Dirk, a director representing the marketing leg of Vandalay, asks about Linux, claiming it's what everyone's talking about. You
(A) Indicate simply that it's not in Vandalay's best interest, and leave it at that, recalling how you blew Question #2 by offering more information than necessary.
(B) Sigh and page back a few slides, *again* pointing out the TCO of an OS with a bad UI and how little it benefits the organization.
(C) Challenge Dirk: "Everyone's talking about it, Dirk? No one here is talking about it. You're the only one talking about it, Dirk. Say, I have an idea, why don't we let Dirk deliver this presentation?"

Question 4 (short essay):
In reality, the board will likely rubber-stamp anything you recommend. In the end, it is not the company's money, but your carcass that is on the line if the costs overrun, or availability suffers. How do you CYA? (You may shoulder-read the CIO in front of you and copy the answer if it is a good one.)

Question 5:
Read the following passage, then complete the question relating to it.

Windows 2000 introduces a host of new goodies including RIS, EFS, IpSec, and MMC. In terms of justifying the migration based on new features, the first thing you do is:
(A) Buy yourself the latest edition of an acronym dictionary.
(B) Focus your cost justification model on the features that don't sound like government agencies, like improved security (file encryption and Kerberos support), accessibility tools for the impaired, and powerful new file-search facilities (but don't dwell on the latter--the 500-meg footprint of the OS pretty much implies files will be as hard to find as Nobel laureate Arno Penzias in the "For Dummies" aisle of Barnes & Noble.)

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