Successful Execution of SBI Network Deployment: A Case Study of Affix Center
This case study examines the successful execution of a network deployment project by Affix Center for State Bank of India (SBI). The project faced various challenges, including funding constraints, wire and patch cord shortages, equipment reallocation, and lack of defined network architecture. However, through effective communication, collaboration, and problem-solving, Affix Center overcame these obstacles and delivered the project successfully.
Affix Center, a company specializing in network deployments and IT solutions, was awarded the contract for the network deployment project at SBI. The objective was to establish an interconnectivity network between multiple offices using optical fiber cables, patch panels, switches, and other networking equipment.
Challenges And Solutions
Funds and Wire/Patch Cord Shortages
One of the initial challenges faced by Affix Center was a lack of funds and shortages of wire and patch cords. To mitigate the impact of these constraints, Affix Center decided to proceed with the available quantities and continuously update the turnkey contractor about the requirements. It was agreed that the quantity of wire used would be reconciled later for clear billing.
During the installation and punching phase, it was discovered that the electrician had installed an inverter and battery near the server rack. Affix Center recognized the potential risk and requested the reallocation of the electrical equipment to a separate room. After coordinating with the SBI management team, the equipment was relocated to a designated store room, ensuring a safer environment for the network infrastructure.
Lack of Defined Network Architecture
A significant challenge arose during the meeting with SBI’s telecom department, where it was discovered that there was no predefined architecture for network execution. Affix Center proposed another meeting, during which they presented their network plan and emphasized the importance of having a well-defined architecture. The SBI team was impressed with Affix Center’s expertise and agreed to adopt their network plan.
Provision for Air Conditioning in Extended Server Room
Another issue encountered was the absence of provisions for air conditioning in the extended server room, which was necessary due to the room’s large floor area. Affix Center organized a meeting involving the project consultant, electric team, and architects to address the issue. After presenting their case, Affix Center received approval for the inclusion of air conditioning and lock provisions in the extended server room.
Network Deployment and Testing
After overcoming the challenges and executing the installation, Affix Center proceeded with interconnecting the switches and patch panels. They suggested customizing patch cords with different colors and obtained approval for the suggestion. The entire installation was thoroughly tested using Penta Scanning, and any minor connectivity issues were promptly resolved.
Successful Project Execution and Documentation
Following the successful testing and resolving any connectivity issues, Affix Center submitted the comprehensive project report, including wire connectivity reports, fiber optical cable connectivity reports, and telephonic connectivity reports. With all phases successfully passed, the SBI network was established and made live, meeting the project’s objectives. Affix Center completed the project documentation handover to SBI.
The successful execution of the SBI network deployment project by Affix Center demonstrates the importance of effective communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Despite facing initial funding challenges, wire shortages, and equipment reallocation requirements, Affix Center’s expertise, proactive approach, and ability to present a well-defined network architecture resulted in a successful project delivery. The collaboration between Affix Center, SBI management, consultants, architects, and the electrical team contributed to the project’s success, setting the stage for future opportunities.