If you have been involved in colocation Vietnam migration, then you know that the work can be very detailed and complex.
These types of projects have a lot of moving parts, and need a high level of intensive planning up front. One thing mentioned in that post was the importance of getting as much internal buy-in as possible for your DC project, by the key stakeholders in your business. In this post I am going to delve into why that’s so important for the types of projects.
Who are your stakeholders?
A DC migration is bound to impact many different parties, and these are the individuals that should be considered the primary stakeholders of the project. Each of them has their own goals, and takes as many of these into account as possible during the planning phase that will increase the likelihood of a successful migration. That’s not to say that a level of compromise will not be necessary at times, but it is good to remember what your success factors look like. For examples:
The government’s DC consolidation
Over the past several years, the U.S. government has been engaged in a major DC consolidation initiative, with their purpose of being to cut the high number of federal DCs down to a more manageable level. While the high-level end goal may seem straightforward enough, there are many other factors in play:
- As with most long-term government projects, the DC consolidation has been under much political scrutiny by Congress, and as a result there has been a push for more accountability and visibility as the consolidation project has been progressing.
- The overall IT budget for federal services has been consistently decreased, so the DC consolidation has to occur by using minimal financial resources.
- The CIO’s for each major federal agency are constantly being challenged to embrace modern technologies such as cloud computing, which will allow for not only lower maintenance costs but also more efficient and scalable operations as well.
Collaboration helps everyone
Whether your DC migration project is as complicated as the federal government’s or you are moving your DC from one location to another, taking the time to identify every party that has a stake in the project, will go a long way in making the move a successful one for everybody. Doing this will help you bring everyone on board who wants to be, and allow each stakeholder to have a role in the planning. Since a DC migration will affect everyone in an organization, this is really how it should be!