Need help to justify migration.Locked
Hello there, this is a wonderful group and here is my first posting.
For several months I have been working as a volunteer (network support) with this company and now they have offered me a deal (this I have learned from a friend working in the same IT dept): There is still no open full time position for me in the IT group but they offered to hire me as a consultant to assist them in analyzing, assessing and migrating their network to a server based infrastructure. The current situation there:
-about 150 workstations (80%Windows, 20 % Macs and Linux)
-PEER to PEER! network
-10 groups with 8-10 users each located in two floors in the building
-all members of one workgroup, no restrictions
-everybody has access to (almost) everywhere
-everybody is Administrator!
-no centralized solution for backup, virus protection, updates..
– no DHCP, AD
-static/manual IP addressing!
As you can see administration is a nightmare here, so they are willing to put some thought and money there. My task would be to justify before the boss my proposition to migrate to server based network. I suppose that won’t be so hard given the above characteristics but still, the more killer arguments I have, the better. Do you have any suggestions and advice to justify this project beside the well known ones about the saved money in a long term(ROI), the greatest security and ease of administration that server based infrastructure would offer?
I would appreciate any suggestions that you might have. This is my first time someone offers me to prepare such a report and I don’t feel very comfortable with the planning side of our business.Thanks in advance.