Fiction Corporation is a large national retail chain of 10,000 employees and 500 retail outlets. Fiction is moving its primary data center operation to a new headquarters building several miles away. The company wishes to upgrade its network and correct any security flaws in its infrastructure as part of this move. The Fiction CEO has a capital budget of $500,000 and must not interrupt business operations. The fiction corporation has hired Big-Proj for completion of this network migration project without exceeding the budget of $500,000. The Project life cycle has been signed for 30 days. Big-Proj typically handles these types of moves as part of its normal operations; along with network upgrades, and ERP deployments. The move will include 2 large UPS, 4 RS/6000 AIX application servers, 10 virtualized servers, and 20 PC servers. A part of the strategy on the project will be to keep Fiction Corporation’s systems up and running as they serve 500 remote location retail stores that are connected via frame relay with ISDN backup. The company wishes to employ a seamless migration that minimizes impact on staff and customers. Overall, the process should start with a thorough audit of the existing data center to accurately inventory the equipment, functions, and processes that will be moved to the new location.
Describe how you would initiate the project.
Initiation is the first step towards a successful project planning and execution. Big-Proj has handled lot of projects including data center moves, network upgrades, and ERP deployments. The initiation phase begins with the development of the business case. Big-Proj has decided to select Catherine Rodrigues as the project manager for this project. Catherine has developed the project charter and scope statement for this project. . As part of the project charter, Catherine has fully identified the purpose and objectives of the project. She has worked with Fiction Corporation as to the agreed upon scope. Catherine has developed the project deliverables in a scope statement, identified and met with project customers and stakeholders, identified key roles and responsibilities, set up the organizational structure of the project, and identified any risk and assumptions. As project manager, Catherine’s first task will be to meet with key stakeholders and establish a multi-functional team to assist with the move. Representatives from IT operations, applications, and data network operations, facilities and human resources have been identified as key stakeholders. The project charter is reviewed, then signed and agreed and the planning will move into the planning phase. The project team will consist of the following team. The project team will consist of:
• Project Manager
• Network Operations Manager
• Network Architect
• Network Resources (3)
• Call Center Supervisor
• IT Support Specialists (3)
• Moving Team (10)
The project will operate in a matrix environment. The first part business requirements for the project were develop by Fiction Corporation as part of its business case. The second part of the business requirements were developed in a team environment with primary stakeholders and project team. Assumptions for the project:
•All infrastructure has been already been purchased and others mostly being the same being relocated. •The 30 day project period given is assumed to be all working days. •All team members and project manager handling the project are assumed to be of experts in their fields and very good experience in network migration projects. •The resource allocated for the project is assumed to work full-time without vacation for the whole duration of 30 days of the project. •The training is assumed to be given to the department head personnel’s only, hence the duration for training a small group is assumed to be less.
Create a project plan for moving the data center, considering the budget and time constraints. Typically, most...