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    Bleghhhhh, "I'll just go out for a couple of drinks so im fine revising tomorrow." turned into vodka, pubs, clubbing and losing my phone! Wow, regretting last night now... Haven't even started revising today! About to start, gonna concentrate on section 2 of the paper now where anything can come up, anyone have any ideas what could come up looking at what hasn't and has come up in the past years?
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    I just noticed that the case study mentions supermarkets so there's probably definaltely gna be a question related to supermarkets. Maybe how emerging technologies have effected business of supermarkets??
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    (Original post by Jasmin11)
    I just noticed that the case study mentions supermarkets so there's probably definaltely gna be a question related to supermarkets. Maybe how emerging technologies have effected business of supermarkets??
    Ugh..I hope there isn't...isn't the case study about the environment? why would it ask about that :/
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    (Original post by l0livia)
    Ugh..I hope there isn't...isn't the case study about the environment? why would it ask about that :/
    (Original post by Jasmin11)
    I just noticed that the case study mentions supermarkets so there's probably definaltely gna be a question related to supermarkets. Maybe how emerging technologies have effected business of supermarkets??
    "Manyy organisations are already using "green issues" in their advertising and marketing, an example being the major supermarket stores" To me, this doesn't suggest they will ask a question about ICT and supermarkets as it is talking about organisations advertising they are green as opposed to the affects of ICT on the organisation itself... I doubt they will ask anything on this BUT if they did I would expect it would be something like "What are the benefits in advertising and marketing that they are green?" (not phrased in exam speak)...
    Then you could talk about:

    - They will be complying to EU Laws
    - Therefore they will benefit financially as they will not have to pay fines
    - By advertising their green policies they will gain recognition as an organisation as the CRC publishes leagues
    - Therefore their reputation will go up and will appeal to those who want to sign contracts with environmentally friendly organisations.
    - The energy bills will go down and save money blah blah.


    That's what I would assume might come out of that section... But then I can't be certain...
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    (Original post by tt123)
    havent started yet lol, ive got history on friday which im doing at the moment, judging by the papers ive done in class this exam can have some right unusual questions, im aiming for an A, dont know if i can get an A*, important thing ive realised with these ICT exams you dont have to nail the big question at the end to get a high mark and I HATE THIS PRE RELEASE!!!!!
    I did the January exam and got a high C however; I got full marks on Section A and dropped marks in the last three questions; it definatly pays to revise section B; they can ask anything! Also this pre release is a lot harder to guess the questions; so I'm more worried about that.
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    Hi, i was wondering if anyone would be able to upload or post a link to the preliminary material for the green ict, i stupidly presumed it would be available to download from the aqa website.. but unfortunately not .

    I did this exam in January which is why I do not have the summer case study, I'm not just a complete idiot that i haven't got a copy lol! I got a B in the exam but decided to resit to see if i can get an A. So it would be a great help if someone would be able to send me it even if its via email! thanks
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    (Original post by bljc25)
    Hi, i was wondering if anyone would be able to upload or post a link to the preliminary material for the green ict, i stupidly presumed it would be available to download from the aqa website.. but unfortunately not .

    I did this exam in January which is why I do not have the summer case study, I'm not just a complete idiot that i haven't got a copy lol! I got a B in the exam but decided to resit to see if i can get an A. So it would be a great help if someone would be able to send me it even if its via email! thanks
    Here you go, hope it works!
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    Hey everyone, i just found something that might be useful for the pre relase in terms of sustainable procurement
    http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/...andbook_en.pdf
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    (Original post by l0livia)
    Hey everyone, i just found something that might be useful for the pre relase in terms of sustainable procurement
    http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/...andbook_en.pdf
    thanks, that's brilliant
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    (Original post by thairshan)
    no problem ill be updating it soon with questions on each topic so you can test yourself and see whether you know everything and btw should have mentioned its my blog i wanted to share my notes so people could have a better understanding of each topic.
    Could you maybe put the answers up as well so we know we're answering them correctly? Thanks
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    (Original post by Jasmin11)
    Could you maybe put the answers up as well so we know we're answering them correctly? Thanks
    no probz will do
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    does anyone know the break down in marks from part A and B? is it 50/50?
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    (Original post by Matt416)
    +1

    :gthumb:

    you can get mind maps on the essential ict book there really good ill probably put a copy of it on my blog will update it later on today

    the mind maps covers each topic and the essential key terms

    so yh heres the link check it out later on today
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    Does anyone know why you should use packages rather than bespoke???
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    http://a2icthelp.blogspot.com/2011/0...e-release.html
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    (Original post by Kaskade)
    Okay, so I have got some points to support the questions on the analysis but i've only done source A so far:

    What are the arguments for reducing energy?
    - 2% of carbon emissions come from manufacture and use of ICT
    - Being sustainable saves money. If an organisation is paying high energy costs, this affects the cost of the product going out to the customer as essentially customer sales will need to cover costs of the business.
    - A third of employees in the UK don't switch of their PC's when they leave the office costing the UK £23 million in electricity.
    - 60% of departments are using less than half their available server space.
    How can organisations alter their ICT strategy to make the environment better?
    - Encouraging customers to do online billing to reduce paper costs.
    - Automated Power Managment - software solutions are available that will shut down PC's automatically. These can be implemented in organisations.
    - Extending equipment Lifecycle - by extending the period of time you replace PC's you reduce the organisations carbon footpring. Repairing computers can have financial benefits.
    - Equipment recycling and reusing. When equipment reaches the end of its life, organisations can donate their equipment, ensuring they are adhering to the data protection act.
    - Reducing travel - through audio/videoconferencing. Saves money and carbon emissions.
    - Encourage working at home. Intranets, mobile phones and laptops make this possible.
    - Monitor departments carbon footprint and make the provide evidence of it.
    What are the benefits to an organisation when reducing their carbon footprint?
    - FINANCIAL - carbon footprint reduction commitment (CRC) sets out the risks to organisations if they fail to reduce carbon emissions. Financial implications can result in thousands, even millions of pounds who fail to meet standards.
    - RECOGNITIONS - with the CRC publishing league tables, the media will have access to the performance information of all organisations. As such, the ones that are doing best will benefit from recognition of achievement and publicity.
    - COST SAVINGS - as well as reducing carbon emissions, organisations will save money by reducing their energy bills.
    REPUTATIONS - many companies want to know that the organisation they are dealing with are green. By reducing their carbon footprint, they encourage supporters of the green movement to make contracts with the company.
    How can ICT change their policies to ensure they are being green?
    - Toner and ink cartridges are to be refilled instead of thrown away.
    - Computers and monitors need to be switched off when not in use.
    - Remove screen savers - these can consume more energy than they save, set monitor to turn off.
    - Set printers to greyscale. Restrict the amount of paper that can be printed.
    - Email usage - use emails rather than paper where possible.
    - Outsourcing - ensure subcontractors have an ICT policyy for the environment that ensures their energy costs and carbon emissions are low.
    - Procurment policies - check suppliers green credentials. Take into account hardware packaging. Take into account power consumption. Energy star is a label found on many computers that ensures hardware is energy efficient.
    New Hardware Considerations.
    - Toner and ink cartridges are to be refilled instead of thrown away.
    - Procurment policies - check suppliers green credentials. Take into account hardware packaging. Take into account power consumption. Energy star is a label found on many computers that ensures hardware is energy efficient.
    - Extend Equipment lifecycle where possible.
    - Printers - if you buy 10 laserjet printers, you can cannibalise parts from one printer rather than throwing it away.
    - Ensure outsourced equipment has an environmentally friendly policy.
    - RAM - before throwing away computers that are slow, increase the RAM as this increases the speed.

    Any help on the ones I can't answer...? Getting on to source B in a bit. If there's any questions I need to add/any points that i need to add can you let me know? thanks
    Advantages of using packages as opposed to bespoke?
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    The advantage of the bespoke approach is that the retailer gets a system truly customised to their needs, and is able to conceal from the marketplace any intellectual property it develops. Some disadvantages are that it is very expensive and have a high probability of project failure rarely meeting the original goals on time. Even when it is a success the expense of maintenance and the inflexibility can make this an undesirable victory - the organisation foregoes the vast amount of technical innovation in the marketplace available to specialist software vendors.
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    got more here as well


    Advantages & disadvantages of a bespoke software solution

    Advantages

    The cost of the development is spread across the estate of stores. Unit cost reduces with increasing size of chain.

    No need to adjust operating model in stores to conform to restraints of Generic EPoS system or Off-the-shelf system.

    Withhold IP of business model from competitors.

    Disadvantages

    More expensive to develop comparable functionality to that available with Generic EPoS or Off-the-shelf systems.

    Difficulty in accurately scoping the system requirements which often drives up the ultimate cost of the project , over what is initially planned for.

    Expensive to maintain the constant evolution in the requirements of enterprise and retail store management systems.

    Inflexible system once development is complete.

    Risk
    High probability of project failure, or project cost overruns.
    Political pressures or strategic realignments within the organisation often threaten project timelines or development initiatives.

    Flexibility
    Can be difficult and expensive to modify the system once the initial development is completed.
    Even if the desire is there, the architecture initially used may prevent future development of features and modules not scoped during initial project review, or as a result of evolution in optical sector requirements.
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    Companies spend a lot of money on software systems and, to get a return on that investment, the software must be usable for a number of years. The lifetime of software systems is very variable but many large systems remain in use for more than 10 years.
    Some organisations still rely on software systems that are more than 20 years old. Many of these old systems are still business-critical. That is, the business relies on the services provided by the software and any failure of these services would have a serious effect on the day-to-day running of the business. These old systems have been given the name legacy systems.
    These legacy systems are not, of course, the systems that were originally delivered. External and internal factors, such as the state of the national and international economies, changing markets, changing laws, management changes and structural reorganisation, mean that businesses undergo continual change.
    These changes generate new or modified software requirements so all useful software systems inevitably change as the business changes. Therefore, legacy systems incorporate a large number of changes which have been made over many years. Many different people have been involved in making these changes and it is unusual for any one person to have a complete understanding of the system.
    Businesses regularly replace their equipment and machinery with modern systems. However, scrapping legacy systems and replacing them with more modern software involves significant business risk.
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    (Original post by Jasmin11)
    Does anyone know why you should use packages rather than bespoke???
    I dunno, I was trying to work it out myself... This is all I got: I think it's because when using bespoke systems, you are tied down to using out of date hardware and such. When the bespoke system was made for you, it was made specifically for a certain type of printer, certain type of operating system and so on. Therefore, when you have to change your old bespoke system because "business or legislative changes" are required, you have to throw away all that hardware that you had (that might still be in perfect order) because you need to get a new system and so buy a load more hardware. However if you had application system, it is the application designer's job to update there system so it suits legislative changes and so your hardware will still work fine on it...

    But then there's so many ways that could be wrong haha, i just hope a question doesn't come up on that
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    anyone know what "purging storage" is?
    its the only thing in pre-release material i don't get.
 
 
 
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