How do you organize staff?

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I am an editor for SearchNetworking.com, and I'm trying to get a better understanding for how networking staffs are structured, especially in medium-sized and larger companies. We are planning some future content based on job segments in networking, and any insight you could provide would be very helpful. In your organization (or in a "typical" organization), are the networking folks organized into groups that focus on different parts of the network or different technology areas? Thanks for your help. I appreciate your thoughts. Sue Susan Fogarty Senior Site Editor TechTarget Networking Media Group sfogarty@techtarget.com

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I find that in small companies you have the “knowItAll” guy. The larger the company the more specialized people get. Some work solely in firewall, some solely in networking, switches,routers etc

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  • Bud8N2K6
    This will also depend on the size of the network and how many sites there are. I have moved on to a Security Engineer job but the last place I worked we had a large network and a very large and specialized staff. We had an Enterprise Services Group that took care of al of AD, DNS, SMS, DHCP ,etc. We also had a Messaging Services Group that took care of the Exchange configurations for the enterprise. After that we had networking, boundary protection, desktop support, and enterpise security teams. There are about 65 people working in the environment with three AD forests (physically separate networks) with a total of about 35,000 users. I'll be glad to share more info if you need it. I was the Enterprise Services Manager before I moved on to another position.
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  • Vdinenna
    Responsibilities become more broad the smaller the company's profile. Small company's with about 1 to 50 users: one person does almost everything. Medium company's 100 to 500 have help desk, programming and network dept. Larger companys have a person, especially IT companies, for every task, like security, DNS/DHCP, firewalls, routers, web, etc. Each one of these tasks can be a full-time job.
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  • BadBoyFowler
    Hi, in my experience, the smaller to medium sized companies source there network jobs out to other specialised companies for a fee. Larger companies, who can afford it, do have specific people/jobs to handle certain areas of the network. In smaller colleges and most schools, they have one or two people who run the entire network. Unfortunatly I am one of those guys, and have to look after DNS, AD, Exchange, DHCP, Intranet, Internet, Security, Etc... As well as firefighting the other technical stuff, such as PC's, Printers, Laptops etc...
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  • SJKopischke
    I was involved in a departmental reorganization a few years ago, so I will reply with two answers. The first is quite a bit shorter: find out how to best support your users. We did this through a series of interviews, task lists, affinity grouping exercises, etc. The second answer is what we ended up with: A. Operations & Technology Services (all non-applications development staff and functions) A.1. Systems Engineering & Architecture Services (where solutions are designed) A.2. Systems Installation and Maintenance Services (where designed solutions are implemented) A.3. Systems Administration and Mainagement Services (where implemented solutions are managed) The resulting teams in the above "centers of excellence" cut across technology platforms, except for the Oracle database team. (No one could play nice with them or they couldn't play nice with others - I can't recall.) Let me know if you want more details.
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  • Larrythethird
    In my corner of the networking world supporting about 600 users, 2000 or so computers and 250 servers, we have NT/Windows admins (AD, PDC, etc), Business Systems admin (mostly Solaris servers running web servers and/or Oracle), Engineering admin (Solaris and Linux systems to support our product lines internally), Internal Services Group (intranet, email and firewalls, etc) and the Communications Group (voice and data). There are generally 1,2 or 3 prople in each group. The Communications Group is separate from the other groups, which are all under the desk side support group.
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  • Backbyrner
    In my neck of the woods we have about 450 desktops and two dozen Windows 2000/Linux servers across 46 separate sites. We also have three AS400s in Head Office. All the sites are connected using a Private IP network over anything from 64k ISDN through to 512k SDSL. We are lucky in that we don't look after telephones at all!. There are six IT staff covering AS400 (1), WAN & Domino/Notes (1), LAN & Win2k (1), SAP Programming (1) and Desktop/Applications (2). Network security is outsourced as is some of the more technical Linux stuff. Hope all that helps.
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