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Five IT Projects That Need Your Attention Right Now

You can’t be everywhere at the same time, and even if you could, you wouldn’t have the funding and resources needed to create real and lasting change in a project’s outcome. With that in mind, Dustin Puryear points out five IT projects that you should focus on above others. This CIO article, as an example, talks about the importance of managing infrastructure change: All too often, a change made to a mission-critical server has devastating results on an enterprise. Even major companies experience downtime or data loss because of an ill-timed or poorly planned change. Take, for example, a DNS administrator who decides to clean up DNS, only to later find that critical services failed because they relied on an older server hostname. At another level, new regulations, such as Sarbanes-Oxley (Sox), place a much higher burden on IT to ensure control and the ability to audit changes within the network. The solution, in this case, is to determine what elements of the infrastructure can best suited to change management, create a paper trail of how that change management should flow through the organization, and then monitor and control that process. Puryear lists other IT projects that demand your attention, such as the management of identities, the management of Linux, managing patches, and managing incidents.

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