Geographic Profile

It is important to know the geographic profile of your organization because it affects your SMS hierarchy design. A lot of organizations have a central location (headquarters) with branch offices located in other regions (remote sites). Organizations that have locations in different cities will probably have one or more SMS sites in each of those cities. Also, date and time zone differences can affect how software is distributed to different locations. Create geographical diagrams of your organization, and include the information listed in Table 7.4.

Table 7.4 Gathering Geographic Profile Data

Geographic information

Data needed

Date and time zone information

List the time zone for each location and any date and time difference between the remote site and headquarters.

Operating systems and international operating system versions

List the operating systems in use and locations that use language versions that are different from those of your platform operating systems.

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