Critical consideration in designing a SMB technology solution [Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book excerpt]

Yo folks – I am the publisher of the above title that is primarily focused on helping you pass the 70-282 exam. Today I am posting up a passage on the design and analysis area of the 70-282 test that focuses on critical factors in the business and technical analysis area. Enjoy the read!

Critical Considerations

In real life there are always business constraints that could limit the ability to achieve the preferred state and business goals. Business constraints can play a significant role, and meeting the business requirements within those constraints are key to a successful implementation. These critical considerations should always be factored into the Technology Plan.

Time Frame: The time frame or schedule could affect decisions. If the schedule is too aggressive, you may have to scale back goals, change

priorities, or change your approach.

Budget: The budget should always be considered in the design phase, starting with the cost of completing the project and including continu­ing costs for the resources required to maintain the project over a certain lifetime.

Resources: Besides capital expenditures, you must consider all necessary resources for the implementation. This would include considering the existing hardware and network infrastructure as well as maintenance, administration, training, and support.

TCO (total cost of ownership): On top of the resource expenditure, don’t forget about hardware and software upgrades, unexpected out-of-pocket expenses, and other factors that affect TCO, like the cost of telecommu­nications or equipment leases.

Company Policy: Knowing and understanding the company’s standards or policies are important factors that could play into the technical aspect of the design, method of implementation, and product selection.

These critical considerations will be unearthed by following the methodology of the Microsoft Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit. When you combine the business and technology assessments all the necessary information will be covered:

·                                          Business success factors.

·                                          Size, type, and scope of the business.

·                                          Required software applications.

·                                          Current applications and required access to them.

·                                          Required number of computers, printers, and other devices.

·                                          Current hardware.

·                                          Amount of anticipated network traffic.

·                                          Network security level.

·                                          Critical constraints.

Chapter 3Analyzing the Existing Environment

·           Anticipated change in business process or structure.

·                       Plans for growth.

This is the blueprint for designing a business network solution. The next step is identifying and selecting the appropriate hardware and software for the implementation.

Important: We recommend downloading the Microsoft Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit at https://partner. microsoft. com/40025 740 (must have access to the Microsoft Partner site) and using it as a study aid for this chapter.



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host a technology conference in the New York City area each spring? Save the date for March 6-8, 2009 and watch “voice meet data” in the SMB space!

PPS – my SBS 2008 book will be out in mid-November 2008!

PPPS – my Microsoft Response Point Primer book is here NOW!


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