Planning system and infrastructure deployments generally resides with upper level management. In particular, the chief information officer (CIO) or a manager possessing overall responsibility for IT commonly plans system and infrastructure deployments for the entity. Whereby, lower level IT management has an obligation to implement the entity’s strategic plan based on the entity’s long-term objectives.
Typical project constraints that must be managed are ambit, time and budget; wherefore the secondary — and more ambitious — challenge is optimizing the allocation and integration of resources necessary to meet pre-defined objectives and goals. Thus, considering this stated premise, the central dilemma of IT project management is achieving all project objectives, while honoring established project constraints.
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