IT Organization

IT Organization : Building A Worldclass Infrastructure

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It is painfully clear that few companies are achieving their goals for client/server reliability, availability, and serviceability. It is becoming equally clear that the problems are not technical, but organizational. How does one structure an IT organization that can achieve today's business goals using today's tools and architectures? This book takes on the challenge, and offers realistic, specific answers based on the experiences of more than 40 leading companies. You'll learn exactly what not to do, which lessons to draw lessons from the success of the traditional data center, and most importantly, how to design for the 21st century paradigm of "any data, anywhere, anytime." Learn what it really means to treat your network like you treat your data center; to organize your enterprise around mission-critical support instead of specific technologies; to maintain both centralized control and decentralized operations; to establish standards without imposing rigidity, and to bring discipline without bureaucracy. The book is concise, but the diagnoses are specific -- and so are the more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 180.34 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130222984
  • 9780130222985

About Harris Kern

Harris Kern is an IT consultant who specializes in working with Fortune 1000 firms to establish cost-effective, highly-available infrastructures; and the co-author of four Sun Microsystems Press books, including Building the New Enterprise. He resides in Woodland Hills, CA. Stuart D. Galup is Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Florida Atlantic University and a Certified Computing Professional. He resides in Ft. Lauderdale, more

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2229H-4 Organizing IT for excellence in 21st century distributed environments Few organizations are achieving their goals for reliability, availability, and serviceability in distributed environments--and the obstacles aren't technical, they're "organizational." How "does" one structure an "IT organization to succeed with today's tools and architectures? IT Organization: Building a World-Class Infrastructure" delivers realistic, specific answers that draw upon the experiences of more than 40 leading companies. You'll discover how to: Design your organization to deliver "any data, anywhere, anytime" Combine mainframe-class discipline with 21st century flexibility Treat your network like you treat your data center Organize around business-critical support functions instead of trendy technologies Establish standards without imposing rigidity -- and achieve discipline without bureaucracy Overcome the myths that prevent IT organizations from succeeding Harris Kern and his colleagues have built a worldwide reputation for evaluating IT organizations and identifying solutions -- "fast." This concise, to-the-point book will help "you" do the same. Here are the right questions to ask, specific "people and process" techniques that work, sample SLAs and internal support agreements -- everything you need to make change happen, "now!"show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction. IT Infrastructure Assessment. What Is the Infrastructure?2. What We Found in Our Travels. What's Wrong with Client/Server? The Problems. The Excuses. Applications Development Is Not an Issue. The Impact. Processes Are Not First.3. The CIO's Role. Executives Out of Touch with Their Infrastructure. How Can the Infrastructure Catch Up Quickly? Lack of Time and Resource. Assure That Your IT Budget Provides for RAS. Marketing and Selling IT Services. Duplication of Efforts.4. Case Studies. The Problems Short-Listed. Current Organizational Structures.5. The Problems Short-Listed. The Top Three Missing or Broken Processes. The Other Issues. Internal Support Agreement.6. Learn from the Past to Build the Future. The Organization. Processes.7. Building a World-Class Infrastructure. Start Simple. Designing and Adhering to Your Key Methodologies. Know That Success Equals the Change You Manage.8. The New Order. Splitting the Technologies. Who's in Charge?9. The Organization for the Twenty-First Century. Enterprise Services. Mission-Critical vs Non-Mission-Critical. Structuring Technical Staff. Functional Responsibilities. Epilogue The "World-Class" Infrastructure.Appendix A: Frequently-Asked Questions. General. People. Process. Technology.Appendix B: Infrastructure Assessment Program. The Industry Problem. People Issues. Process Issues. Technology Issues. The Program. Customer Requirements. The Deliverable. The Cost.Appendix C: Service Level Agreements. Information Systems Services Cost Options Definitions.Appendix D: Internal Support Agreement. Root Authority. Server Availability Hours. Backups. Support Responsibility.Appendix E: Marketing Materials for an Internal Audience. Enterprise Center. Systems Management. Quality Assurance. Customized reports. Data storage. Mission. Enterprise Center Tours. High-Tech Equipment. Information Technology Survey. Consulting Services. more

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