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How to Eliminate Politics From a Consolidation Project

Published: 15 May 2013

ID: G00252740

Analyst(s): John R. Phelps, Mike Chuba


Internal politics continues to be the main problem reported by data center and server consolidation projects. We present five best practices that infrastructure and operation leaders and data center managers can follow to address the most challenging political obstacles in such a project.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Work to Remove Your Department's Fear of Loss of Control
  • Work to Remove Your Department's Fear of Higher Costs
  • Gain Agreement on Current and Expected Service Levels
  • Make Sure That All Departments and Agencies Understand the Overall Benefits of Consolidation to the Organization and Themselves
  • Enlist Senior Management to Help Handle Loss of Power and Prestige Concerns That Department or Agency Management Individuals Might Have
  • Bottom Line

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