It is important to determine your personnel resource needs and to assign project roles when planning your Configuration Manager 2007 deployment. To do this, you first must have an understanding of your current Information Technology (IT) organization. You need this information during your Configuration Manager 2007 preplanning, planning, and deployment phases, and also for post-deployment operational tasks.

Understand the structure of the IT staff in your organization. For example, you might have one centralized IT group with members in close communication. Or you might have many decentralized groups where communication is not optimal. Is there a central headquarters with IT responsibility, or many separate organizational units with widely varying goals and philosophies?

Use the following guidelines to assist in preplanning tasks.

IT organization Example data needed, where applicable, and by location Data collected

IT Organization

Collect information about your IT organization. You should also create an organization chart that maps your IT organization to your geographic profile.



IT reporting hierarchy.



IT departmental divisions that produce an overlap in Configuration Manager 2007 tasks (for example, a department separate from the Configuration Manager team manages all database servers, including computers running Microsoft SQL Server)



Points where management control or policy issues exist.



Level of technical sophistication and security clearance of IT staff members who will be working with Configuration Manager 2007 before, during, or after deployment.



Auditing policies.



Service level agreements for departments, end users, and IT groups.



Operating systems used to support the network and end users.



Sensitivity to security risks.



Change control policy.


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