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Vol. 3 No. 3 May 2004

Who's running the storage shop?

"Absolutely," says Angelo Privetera, when asked if his storage management group has helped save his company money. "We're able to bill it back, and reduce the cost by not adding additional staff," explains Privetera, vice president and director of information and technologies for HDR Inc., an architectural and engineering consulting firm based in Omaha, NE. Companies like HDR that have established a formal storage management structure with specific responsibilities have reaped rewards. Centralizing storage management helps eliminate redundancies, allows for consistent maintenance and monitoring of storage and applies the talents of personnel more efficiently--all of which contribute to the company's bottom line. Before creating a formal storage management function, a number of questions need answers: How many storage specialists are needed? What are the job responsibilities and required skills? Should the storage personnel comprise a new, separate entity, or remain in their current positions with newly defined responsibilities? ...

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