There is an old adage which insists “time is money.” While simple, in concept, it has been proven true, in fact. In a global, technologically driven society, however, the very idea of time has changed. Having once implied a spanning space between the hours of “nine to five” relative to the person or organization from whose vantage money was viewed, time is now irrespective of person, organization, or location; it is, literally, “24/7.” With this shift in perception, organizations, especially, have taken on the greater challenge of ensuring efficiency in their operations, allowing their customers the freedom and peace of mind to have access to the products or services they purchased without interruption. Working behind the scenes, as it were, are the IT companies that make the realization of this freedom and peace of mind possible. In the scenario with Fiction Corporation, it is quite evident that the role of IT is paramount to the success of the business, in general, and to the company’s decision to- move, in particular. Big-Proj will receive the “big break” for which it is looking by ensuring compliance with the goals set forth in regards to the scope of the project, the timeline projections, and the budgetary requirement of $500,000.00. Initiate the project:
The initiation phase begins with the development of the business case. Fiction Corporation had already developed the business and made to a decision to take on the relocation project prior to hiring Big-Proj to execute the transition to the new location. Nigel Cleveland, Project Manager, has established project charter. As part of the project charter, Nigel has identified the purpose and objectives of the project. He has worked with Fiction Corporation as to the agreed upon scope. Nigel 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. Traditional approaches to data center management are a challenge, and not just for large companies. Companies of all sizes are starting to rethink the physical dimensions of the data center, so don’t be too surprised to see a whole lot more in the way of modular containers that accommodate the needs of a larger enterprise as well as smaller offerings that can be used by companies of almost any size. As project manager, Nigel’s first t 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 then signed and agreed and the planning will move into the planning phase. Project planning is the second phase of any project management process and consists of developing the core planning elements. The core elements of the Planning Phase are developing the project plan, creating the project organization and selecting team members, the Resource plan, the project or business requirements, building the project Risk Mitigation plan from risk assumptions in the Initiation phase, the Communications plan, the Procurement plan, Quality and Test plan. While a solid Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy and infrastructure is paramount to ensuring redundancy and failover in case of a disruptive event, it is not considered a primary driver for data center relocation, “It’s not driving a move; it’s driving an addition,” one IT manager stated.
The Project plan has been developed as a 30 day life cycle with 75 task activities in five phases within those five phases will be the planning cycle, the data backup, equipment breakdown, the logistical move,...