Huffman Trucking is a national transportation company with 1400 employees. The logistical hubs of this company are located in Los Angeles, California; St. Louis, Missouri; and Bayonne, New Jersey. The central maintenance facility of this company is located Cleveland, Ohio.Current Operating System
Huffman Trucking currently runs the Windows 3.X and 9.X operating system. This operating system does not seem to be standardized between the current Huffman Trucking physical locations.
Windows 3.X and 9.X are 16 bit operating systems that were originally designed for personal computers. Windows 3.X was released in the early 90’s while Windows 9.X was released in the latter part of that same decade. These operating systems became popular with companies when their ability to run virtual machines became apparent.
Windows 3.X and 9.X are considered to be out-of-date systems which are no longer supported. Microsoft stopped issuing licenses for these operating systems in November of 2008. These operating systems were widely adopted by companies because of their complete compatibility with older MSDOS applications. They offered extended memory that could address more than 640 kb and were praised for the improvements made to hardware support.
When these operating systems were released they were considered top of the line and were indeed quite sophisticated technology. Unfortunately, companies that are still using these operating systems are putting themselves at risk when it comes to the security of their systems.
The fact that Huffman Trucking is still using these operating systems shows that they are in dire need of a technological makeover. These systems are out of date and could be potentially dangerous to the company security wise.Suggested Improvements
While Huffman Trucking has a mash up of Windows based systems such as Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000 Servers, Microsoft Exchange, and IIS running within it’s locations it also has a mixed Windows and Macintosh environment in it’s Missouri location.
Conversion to a standardized and current Windows-based operating system throughout it’s physical locations would prove to enhance the production and organization of Huffman Trucking. It would provide a unified email client along with updated software for the bar code scanners that are used in each of the plants.
An up-to-date Windows-based operating system would also allow Huffman Trucking to make information such as email and databases available to employees while they are in the field. By updating their current operating systems they would be able to efficiently manage all of the day to day aspects of running the company without the hassle of an unsupported operating system that could go down at any time which could make or break their company.Conclusion
While Huffman Trucking has been using the Windows 3.X and 9.X operating systems successfully throughout the life of the company, it is now an out-of-date operating system that is no longer supported. It would be in the best interest of Huffman Trucking to switch to a current operating system and to standardize the new operating system throughout all of it’s physical locations.