- purpose, role of the SOE. 11 ATAR, 12 GEN
- advantages and disadvantages of an SOE. 12 ATAR
- A standard operating environment (or commonly referred to as an SOE) is a standard setup of a computer's operating system and its related software programs and hardware devices.
- A standard is something used or accepted as normal or average.
- Operating refers to how something functions; in this case a machine.
- An environment is the surroundings or conditions in which the system operates.
- A standard operating environment (SOE) is used to maintain similarity of hardware and software for ease of network administration.
Advantages of a Standard Operating Environment
- It's easy to upgrade and maintain software and hardware on multiple computers as they're identical
- Costs are significantly cut as bulk software licensing and hardware purchases can be made
- Time to install and maintain the systems is shortened through processes such as Imaging
- Essential upgrades and fixes can be tested on a small number of systems before rolling out to the network, hence cutting downtime
Disadvantages of a Standard Operating Environment
- Users may have to adjust to an operating system or software that they don't often use
- A network administrator may need to be hired
- Specialist software is sometimes unavailable
- The Southern Cross University provides an example of an implemented SOE.
For You to Do
1. Brainstorm to make up a diagram of the software used at your school. Think of the different places in your school where you do media, music, business studies, AIT, CSC and more.
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