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How to break off into my own department

By scook ·
I have worked with a small company for 6 years and brought us from a 2 PC company to 35 PCs, 1 Novell and 1 NT server, several client-server apps, etc. All along, all my expenses, (new PCs, cabling, internet, software) have been coded to accounting. I am working on a project to break myself away from acounting and establish myself as a department with my own budget, etc. I have gathered quite a bit of info from Techrepublic articles but am looking for, perhaps, guidelines on the steps I should take to do this. How do I plan a budget, etc. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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by druidlogan In reply to How to break off into my ...

When you find out anything, please let me know, I'm in a similar situation.

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Your first step would be to come up with a business case as to why creating a new department is necessary. Is it for budgeting purposes only? I am not sure how your company operates, but keep in mind that most departments are responsible for bringing in their own revenue. Are your users/departments willing to pay for your services (its all wooden nickels, but it does have merit in accounting)? Right now, you are under the umbrella of the accounting department (at least I read that from your message). You should check to see how much the accounting department charges the other departments for your services. This should give you an idea as to how much revenue you could expect if you were to become your own department (rememeber that it will have to cover all of the salaries - including your own, plus all relating expenses to running the department).

After you find out this information, your next step would be to come up with a charter / missions statement as to how this new deparmtent is going to benefit the company (i.e. what services are you going to provide). This should include service level agreements (SLA's) for each service (i.e. PC support, maintenance, server access, etc.)

This is just a start - let me know how things work out for you.

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Firstly, I would advice you to lay out the advantages of having your own department against the disadvantages of reporting to another department. Then prepare an action plan for your department. This would include the projects you wish to entertain for the coming months/year.

This would get your idea accepted.

Then, to prepare your budget:
1. Prepare the recurrent cost of your department which would include salaries, estimated cost on maintenance of IT and Office Equipment, stationeries,etc.

2. Prepare your capital budget which would include purchase of new hardware, cost of the new projects according to your action plan.

Your budget should include both a detailed budget and a summary which would include only the total recurrent and capital cost for each item in your budget.

I hope this my help you though I am not an expert in budgetting.

I would appreciated to hear from you if you get more information on this matter.

Thanks.
Reaz Baichoo
rbaichoo@ivtb.intnet.mu

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