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Undertake Capacity Planning in the Information Technology Industry

Today`s business Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer would love a crystal ball to foresee future computer network data capacity requirements for their company.

Businesses must undertake capacity planning especially before initiating major works, as well as, to ensure they are able to cope with future trading and customer growth. An example could be, if your company decided to develop an e-commerce website for customers to purchase products online, but failed to consider the increased traffic flow on the current system (an additional 1000 online users). The result would be an unhappy one for the customer, due to the system running extremely slowly, your customers would probably shop elsewhere next time!
Therefore it is crucial that a capacity plan be initiated when undertaking new business projects.

A leading supermarket chain in Australia relocated their head office from Pennant Hills to Bella Vista several years ago. The management staff planning the move would of undertaken a capacity plan beforehand. Unfortunately even the largest supermarket company failed to correctly anticipate the rapid business growth that took place. They didn't allow for more staff being employeed, and subsequently didn't have the office space at the newly completed building to accommodate them. The latter resulted in both office locations being required until a suitable solution to accommodate the staff was found.

Capacity plans are implemented in many business decisions to help management prepare for likely changes to their everyday operations. Furthermore capacity plans aren't restricted to business only, they are implemented in organisations and government also. Even as recent as the October bush fires in NSW has seen the University of Western Sydney (UWS) offer placements and several scholarships to HSC students impacted by the Blue Mountains fires. Senior UWS staff would have analysed whether or not they had the capacity beforehand to offer the students placements and scholarships. Hence undertaking a capacity plan can be utilised in numerous scenarios.

A business relies heavily on their ability to store customer details and billing information securely for many years past the invoice date. This information is stored on large databases, such as MS SQL, MySQL, SAP, Oracle, IBM DB2 etc. The database capacity will vary according to numerous factors, for example annual sales, staff employeed, number of customers on database and products available et al.

The Database Management System (DBMS) software will store data everyday from business operations. The DBMS capacity will be regularly consumed by online sales and enquiries 24x7 with online websites connected to DBMS software, as well as, from staff utilising the business network computers for daily duties. Hence, IT staff must be aware of the capacity of their computer resources in correlation with business trading growth.

The DBMS capacity and performance will be reported regularly in senior staff meetings to the IT Director or CIO and CEO etc.

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Undertake Capacity Plan