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Questions a CIO should ask when considering consolidation, Part 2

What questions should one ask a CIO to gain an understanding of the objectives and constraints when attempting to consolidate?

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5. Any infrastructure solution is going to need to be able to scale to meet business growth when the application requires additional performance headroom.

  • Will the infrastructure absorb upgraded performance, availability and capacity to meet future requirements?
  • Will it be able to integrate different vendors technology? (i.e., storage solutions/servers/OSs?)
  • 6. How resource intensive is the application (e.g., man-hours required to complete, CPU cycles, network utilization, costs)?

  • Do you have adequate technical and management personnel to complete the project?
  • Where are you going to get experienced people?
  • Who will be credited for the success of the project?
  • Who gets held accountable for the failure of the application?
  • Who or what is driving this application (e.g., consultants, systems integrators, regulators, or mergers)?
  • What happens if a disaster occurs?
  • Do you believe that an individual can cause more problems than a natural disaster? (Does the Melissa virus ring a bell?)
  • What do you perceive as the greatest risks to the project?
  • 7. Are there existing bottlenecks that inhibit development project?

  • Is business resiliency compliance or mergers and acquisitions affecting the company (e.g., personnel shortages, time spent testing, periods of system unavailability, resources diversions)?
  • Will you run separate environments for development, test, quality assurance and production of your mission critical applications?
  • How many stages does your software life-cycle have (development, test, quality assurance, pre-production, production)?
  • Would it help to add an additional phase or perform more extensive testing without impacting the schedule?
  • Do you need to improve the schedule?
  • How do you setup test/development environments today?
  • How long will it take to implement the application?
  • How do you react when the project gets behind schedule?
  • What happens if you miss a deadline?
  • Editor's note: Do you agree with this expert's response? If you have more to share, post it in one of our .bphAaR2qhqA^0@/searchstorage>discussion forums.


    This was first published in November 2003

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