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The answer to IT’s struggle to discover and manage configurations

kees.pngBy Kees Van Den Brink

 

In my last blog post I wrote about finding ways that automation can reduce waste. There is another area where automation has the potential to unlock significant savings for organizations, and that is with discovery for configuration management.

 

Discovery can pose a huge challenge for IT. Maybe your organization is one of the lucky few to have its act together on this. But what I see more often is that—most often because of human error—organizations struggle to discover and manage configurations, even when they have good tools at their disposal.

 

If you were to apply Lean principles—in the pure sense—to this problem, you would stop doing something that doesn’t add value. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work here. You still need to perform configuration management. And discovery is required because it’s not possible to maintain a vast number of configuration items manually. But there has to be a better way.

 

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Stop making this mistake if you really want value from automation

kees.pngBy Kees Van Den Brink

 

In my work with HP Software Professional Services, I often consult with customers about their automation projects. Recently I worked with a customer that was having trouble making the business case for automation. They were constantly automating stuff, but they didn’t know if they were getting any value from it.

 

Automation can make a significant difference in removing waste or removing impediments blocking value creation. So why was our client having trouble seeing those benefits? I'll share two best practices that can help you achieve the results you're looking for with automation.

 

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3 success factors you need for automation

michael-garrett2.jpgI was talking with a customer the other day about a technology implementation that would save them considerable time and money: automation. But whenever they would present to the technical staff the comment that kept coming back was ‘Well, the problem with that is …’

 

To me this is a great quote, because it shows you the barriers that get put up, especially around automation projects. It almost doesn’t matter what ‘the problem’ is: ‘Our environment is different…’ or ‘We don’t do things that way…’ When it comes to automation, resistance can be significant.

 

But automation brings so many benefits—for one thing, the returns are huge—it’s almost a magic story. The question is, why are some IT organisations slow to implement it? From what I see as head of HP Software Professional Services, customers do understand the value, and many are pursuing automation projects. But they may be missing a key success factor.

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Automation helps blaze the trail to cloud adoption

aw-tendo-glam.jpgHave you noticed that a lot of the conversation about cloud computing focuses on “selling” the cloud? Much of it is rife with promises of efficiency, agility and cost savings, but not much of it details the actual steps it takes to move to a cloud-based delivery model. How can your company make a painless, non-disruptive transition to cloud service delivery?

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  • Alec Wagner is a longtime writer & editor, enterprise IT insider, and (generally) fearless digital nomad.
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