We recently completed, a RKM (Roles and Knowledge Management) engagement for one of our biggest customers in South Africa. This specific engagement focused on the Active Directory (AD) environment and service.
This engagement was a great success, the benefit and the value was immediately realised, the customer was extremely happy and I would like to share this story with you!
The RKM delivery provides guidance on the roles and responsibilities within the AD Team, the Standard Operating Procedures activities that need to be executed and recorded, as well as the importance of knowledge management within a supporting service.
This engagement brought tremendous value to our customer and before the engagement even ended the customer was asking Microsoft to perform this delivery within the other Technology teams.
The customer came to us with 3 main concerns:
These are real concerns we see on a day to day basis. How true is it that when it comes to getting more staff members, we struggle to justify the time we spend on doing our day to day operations as none of these Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) are recorded, defined or assigned responsibility. Although calls are logged via a Service Desk majority of the time, we often miss recording the proactive maintenance and preventative tasks we perform on a daily basis to ensure the AD environment is stable.
We proposed an RKM Solution to assist and achieve the above mentioned concerns:
How this offering works:
RKM combines the implementation of structured management processes and proactive operational tasks presented through an application and delivered as part of the solution, which is based on Microsoft SharePoint 2010.
(An RKM is currently available for the following technologies: Windows Server 2008 and 2003 Active Directory, Exchange Server 2010 and 2007, SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, SQL Server 2008 and 2005, System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Operations Manager 2007, and Office Communications Server 2007 R2 environments)
This engagement helped the customer identify which engineers of the AD team were performing functions that should have been performed by other teams and sometimes departments. We were able to optimize the tasks and workloads of the team and streamline the activities per engineer. We were also able to track the activities and maintenance tasks and assign owners to ensure the Standard Operating Procedures were actioned and tracked on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
All of this was created within SharePoint 2010, linked to automated reminders with activity guidance documentation and operating procedures, making it easy to know what to do and when. A calendar view and inbuilt reports helps to keep track of everything and the effort required to complete the scheduled tasks.
All in all, the value we delivered through this engagement has provided the customer with a sustainable approach to defining roles and responsibilities, monitoring tasks and provided knowledge sharing in a central location.
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