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Hardware Proposal

By Westleyl ·
I recently aquired the technology responsiblities at work. I would like to totally overhaul the network. However, I'm not sure how to write a proposal.

Any suggestions?

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Business Case

by JamesRL In reply to Hardware Proposal

You need to come up with a valid business argument for doing the overhaul. There are plenty of business case templates on the web, but here are some of the components.

Problem statement/current situation:
What problem(s) are you solving. What are the costs of those problems($, productivity, efficiency etc).

What are the benefits with overhaulling the network - can you save money, productivity, labor etc. Quantify as much as you can.

What are the rough costs of doing the overhaul. Include not only the $$ but the labor involved.

Cost Benefit analysis:
The business school part - some people use Return on Invesment - I like payback periods. In other words how many months till the accrued benefits outweigh the costs. The shorter the payback the more reason for the project.

Always, always, always make a firm recommendation with some clear actions if the business case is accepted/approved.

A proposal may have these elements plus a pencilled in sketch of the proposed team, timelines etc. A proposal may hint at the proposed solution, though many formal managers like me prefer not to see the solution until after we all agree on the problem.

Hope that helps.


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first the highway , then the roads .....

by hozcanhan In reply to Hardware Proposal

First make a report on the present situation. A technical snapshot : problems , shortcomings , request and complaints ..etc.. Draw a network schema too. Then , give your recommendations , draw a sceham and show how it will look . advantages that will be gained. and finally "whisper" the amount needed to be invested . Start with layer 1 : structured cabling, then layer 2 : active lan switches , then layer 3 : routers ..branch offices , internet ..adsl etc.

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