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Vol. 1 No. 10 December 2002

The networked storage project: Getting started

What we learned Manage your resources. More often than not, the difference between a successful project and a failure comes down to project management. It's the one tool often overlooked in the designer's arsenal. Experience has shown that successful projects are managed projects. Therefore, from day one, we assigned a project manager who had the responsibility for project coordination, inter- and intradepartmental communications and expense control. He used Microsoft Project 2002 to chart our milestones and critical paths on a PERT chart. This was an import asset to us in keeping on schedule, assuring that everyone stayed informed and making sure that the SAN was implemented properly and economically. Watch the bottom line. Heavy duty storage systems are attractive, but so is the tendency to add on additional features, capability and thus cost. You can avoid this by having a clearly defined budget for the project and then sticking with it. Project managers who complete large projects on time and within budget usually live ...

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