DEPLOY! is a strategic business development game of resource management, worker placement and set collection for 1-4 players, set in the world of IT. In the game, you use a series of actions to develop your server room and personnel so that you can deploy projects to build up funding and business value. Whilst not a simulation, DEPLOY! echoes the real world of IT management focusing on the balancing act between cost, time and value.
The company you work for has started on an ambitious modernisation and expansion strategy, focussing heavily on replacing their outdated IT systems. A large number of projects have been created by the powers that be. Some of them could help to fund your department; others will add real business value to the company but may not help so much in your running costs. But it’s all about the business value at the end of the day and you know the current IT Manager will not be with the company much longer and are out to prove yourself a worthy successor.
So, you need to generate more business value from the projects than the other contenders for the IT manager position. Each project needs components (databases and stuff) which, in turn, need capacity from servers either in your own server room or in the cloud. You already have staff but they are mostly working on other activities so you will need to re-assign some of them when you can afford it. You don’t have any spare capacity so you’ll need to add some and keep it optimised so you don’t waste money.
Finally, the company will not let just anyone run their projects, especially the really important ones. So, you have to build up the technical knowledge and experience of your team to show you can be trusted with the company’s future.