and Deployment Planning
Determining cost effective
ways to implement
There are many options for deploying
a CampusMobility solution, especially when deploying a new,
or enhancing an existing, wireless network. You may choose to
use your own personnel to plan, design, test, deploy, and implement
your network. You may choose to hire contractors to perform
some or all of these tasks. You might assign someone who works
for you to act as project manager, or you may decide to hire
a professional project manager to coordinate all activities
between your internal organizations and vendors providing services
and equipment for your network implementation. Combining a hybrid
of these approaches is also an option.
How do you decide which approach
is best for your project? Many factors need to be considered,
Cost/benefit of hiring contractors
versus lost productivity from using internal personnel
Cost/benefit of hiring professionals
versus paying for the "learning curve" as internal
personnel learn new tasks
Getting the right resources
in the right spots, at the right times, to meet project
Risk assessment - what is the
cost to your business of failure to bring equipment/services
online late, or in a manner that causes customer complaints
or customer loss due to poorly functioning equipment?
Equipment staging options
Installing a new hardware-based system into your network may
sound simple enough, but this effort actually requires coordinating
a wide variety of suppliers and resources. As the person responsible
for implementation work, you need to consider:
Determining where the equipment will be installed. If cabinets
are required, the network implementation team needs to arrange
procurement of cabinets, including customization to meet
environmental, appearance, and other standards.
Documenting site requirements for physical space, power,
environmental conditions, and network interfaces. This includes
ensuring that the system can be delivered to the place where
it is to be installed.
Implementing a cable management plan for the cabinet. A
sound cabling management strategy is essential to a robust
network infrastructure designed for future expansion and
Procuring ancillary equipment, such as patch panels, power
systems, hubs, and other equipment that supports reliability,
management, and integration requirements.
Accounting for differences in site requirements. Most high-end
network systems are chassis based, and the specific hardware
configuration required for each site may be slightly different.
Coordinating delivery of major systems elements. You want
to be sure the systems are available on time, but at the
same time do not want to introduce a risk that the equipment
will be lost, stolen, or damaged if it is delivered too
far in advance of the scheduled installation date.
Ensuring that all parts of the system arrive at the installation
site in good working order.
Documenting the installation (including cabinet layout
and cabling) to facilitate future troubleshooting, maintenance,
and expansion or upgrade projects.
Configuring the system with the exact software and settings
required for your network, and ensuring your on-site engineering
team has the experience and work instructions necessary
to complete this work.
Implementing a software application faces similar challenges,
but also adds new complexity to your considerations for:
Procuring the right server with the right hardware configuration
Procuring and ensuring the right operating system is installed
on the server
Procuring and installing supporting applications, such
as database software
A strong cabinet integration and staging partner can dramatically
reduce the cost and risk profile of your system implementation
Determining your employee training needs
At the same time, thirty percent of all skills acquired
during formal training are lost if not used within one week
of course completion. Eighty percent of skills are lost
if not used within three months. With today's budget and
staff limitations, you need to make the most of your training
Training technical staff today is an investment in long term
job satisfaction and employee productivity. However, training
staff without thinking through the answers to some very important
questions may likely result in lost training dollars and missed
performance targets. Management who take the time to consider
why they are training staff can better support training interventions
by linking training programs to real business results.
How do you determine who needs to be trained, and when? What
options are available from network vendors? What must you consider
when making your training plans?
Planning for deployment
You've designed and planned your network. You've conducted
extensive lab testing and likely rolled out a test implementation
to a small market segment. And you've made the decision to move
forward and invest in your new or expanded network to deliver
profitable new services.
Now you need to determine how to get your new systems deployed
and running quickly without disrupting your business and draining
your internal resources. Efficient deployment requires detailed
What is your timeline for network deployment?
Does your budget support the timeline?
Have you accounted for all tasks required to deploy the
Who will do the work required to deploy the network?
Do you have a strong Project Manager in place to coordinate
all aspects of the deployment?
Who will manage all of the vendors needed for deployment?
By creating a documented and management approved Deployment
Plan, you can build a solid foundation on which to schedule
deployment tasks and associated costs. Your plan should consider
scheduling for network integration, turn-up, cut-over, and monitoring
activities. The Deployment Plan should also detail staffing
needs and responsibilities, task checklists, and project review
Customizing your applications
Today's networks are a complex blend of old and new. Emerging
technologies are integrated into existing infrastructure to
create new service offerings or to enhance established services.
This environment results in a network that is constantly evolving
and changing structure. Keeping pace demands a flexible approach
that enables you to leverage existing systems infrastructure
yet still take advantage of new products on the market.
your network or operations plan calls for custom software development
to bridge gaps between varying systems, how should you proceed?
When is it best to use an independent software development shop,
your own in-house resources, or your network vendor's professional
If designing and building a custom application requires in-depth
knowledge and understanding of the product and its interfaces,
you may be best served to contract this development work to
your network vendor's professional service organization. These
organizations maintain dedicated staff experienced in developing
middleware and other applications that complement standard product
offerings, allowing you to adapt them to a specific operations