Data Center Enhancements Inc.

 
September 24, 2020  

Experts-on-Demand

Sometimes incisive technical insight can be exactly what's needed to solve complex IT Architecture problems or get a struggling project back on track. Bringing in an experienced Subject Matter Expert can make all the difference in the world! Our company provides Senior IT Consultants on an on-demand basis. We ensure top technical skills, advanced industry knowledge, and depth-and-breadth of experience are available when you need it, without draining your IT budget!

Storage Infrastructure Stabilization

Your Production data storage equipment may be functional, but is it stable? All IT equipment tends to suffer "creeping disorganization" over time. Passwords aren't updated, obsolete data is not removed., I/O paths become unbalanced, naming conventions overlooked, security patches not installed, etc. Our Storage Infrastructure Stabilization Assessment goes back-to-basics and ensures all configuration and features have been properly implemented and are operating at maximum efficiency.

SAN/NAS Capacity Assessment

Data Center Enhancements Inc. offers a comprehensive analysis program for evaluating storage, capturing key growth and performance metrics, analyzing data, and presenting the results in a coherent and professional document. This review usually entails a detailed examination of all storage components, design configuration, performance, power consumption, policies and procedures, physical resource consumption, support costs, skills requirements, and other aspects of the infrastructure.

Data Center Assessment

Data Center Enhancements provides a thorough, in-depth review of all aspects of a data center including but not limited to: underutilized servers/storage, power consumption, cooling, floor space, rack space, useful lifespan of equipment, regulatory compliance, security, and other aspects of the production environment, to name a few. The issues we identify help reduce IT expenses and improve operational efficiency. We provide industry-leading senior consultants to perform all of our assessments. Our consultants provide a complete review of the IT operating environment with technical, performance, and financial considerations in mind, and deliver consolidation and virtualization recommendations to reduce total cost of ownership.

Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment

Organization, preparation, regular testing, and frequent updates to include any changes are the keys to DR planning success. Due to the unpredictability a disaster event can bring your company, a DCEI Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment will help ensure you are ready. Our Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment is designed to identify areas where critical business processes need protection, and recommend alternative approaches that allow your company to meet both Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). It will outline steps necessary to ensure business resiliency in the event of a local or regional catastrophe.

IT Policy, Processes, and Procedures Modernization

 

IT Policy, Process, and Procedure ModernizationThe creation of IT policies, processes, and procedures creates a link between the company’s business vision and its daily operations.  They allow management to provide guidance for the company’s direction without having to become involved in decisions made at every level.  When written and maintained properly, they ensure IT activities are conducted in a consistent, efficient, and repeatable fashion.

However, an organization’s policies, processes, and procedures must exist in a dynamic environment, and are continuously impacted by change.  If not periodically refreshed, they can drift out-of-alignment with the company’s objectives and become an impediment to efficient operations. 

Challenges:

Effective IT policies, processes, and procedures must be refreshed on a regular basis to ensure they maintain relevant and in proper alignment with stated business direction.  Unfortunately they lack the high level of visibility enjoyed by major applications, systems, and networks.  Once documented, they tend to be left alone until some major issue forces them to the forefront for re-evaluation.  However, in the interim period their problems tend to have a cumulative effect on business activities.

Some of the “creeping difficulties” caused by having outdated policies and procedures Include:

  • Growing inefficiency of daily activities
  • Operations not conforming with business goals
  • The potential for confusion and contradiction
  • Unnecessary expense, due to errors and mistakes
  • Inefficiency and duplication of efforts
  • Declining employee productivity

A lack of consistent or up-to-date policies, processes, and procedures slowly erodes the operational efficiency of an organization, allowing the structure to evolve into isolated islands of management where each autonomous group makes its own decisions about what is best for the company.

Our Solution:

The remedy for outdated policies, processes, and procedures is a thorough assessment of what currently exists, and how well it aligns with current business vision and objectives.  This includes:

  • Comprehensive review and gap analysis of existing policies, processes, and procedures
  • Evaluation of current and emerging technologies to determine the impact of change
  • Management workshops to develop updated content
  • Review of individual process flows to determine if they provide optimum efficiency
  • Testing of revised policies, processes, and procedures to validate revisions

There is little “magic” involved in updating policies, processes, and procedures.  Existing documents must be examined and modernized with information that is currently in-line with existing business vision and objectives.

Next Steps:

The first step in this process is a comprehensive review of existing policies, processes, and procedures to establish a baseline and identify which sections will need revision.

Contact:

If you’re ready to immediately update your current IT policies, processes, and proceures, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  However, if you are aware that something needs to be done about aging policies and processes but are struggling with how to get started, we have IT Process Specialists that can help identify information required for the update.  Please give us 30-minutes of your time and we can help you bring clarity to this critical issue.