It is important that you know the structure of your organization, because it can influence how you deploy, use, and support Configuration Manager 2007. It is also useful to know your organization’s long-term plans. Changes such as mergers and acquisitions can have a significant impact on IT infrastructure. Both external pressure for change and internal projects (either planned or in progress) can affect your Configuration Manager 2007 deployment.

Use the following guidelines to assist in preplanning tasks.

Organizational structure Example data needed, where applicable, and by location Collected Data

Departmental organization

You should consider including the following information:

  • High-level organization charts to help determine the divisional structure of your organization, the design of your Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy, and your method of communicating Configuration Manager 2007 implementation updates to departments

  • Organizational structure

  • Reporting hierarchy

  • Communications methods

  • Service level agreements (SLAs)

IT organization and administrative policies

You should consider the following factors:

  • The structure and technical level of local and remote IT divisions, their reporting hierarchies, and local and global IT administrative policies

  • Organizational structure

  • Reporting hierarchy

  • Local administrative policies and SLAs

  • Global IT administrative policies and SLAs

Long-term business direction

Any major business changes planned for the future, such as mergers, acquisitions, major physical moves, or network migrations

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