- The IT management toolkit consists of at least a dozen or more management tools to address element management, event stream correlation and trending, business process automation, virtualization control, to name a few, it’s a complex task to integrate and one that falls to consulting or the DevOps.
- APIs and pre-tested integrations will become priority feature enterprises will evaluate when making technology decisions.
Gone are the days of being able to choose a point management product for a specific problem or vendor device and installing that parallel to other, dedicated task tools. Today’s IT management buy centers must also evaluate the integrations with their existing toolsets, many of which were not tested by the vendor. Network management vendors partner programs assist in integration and testing with other vendors but are limited to a small subset of third parties that joined the program. These systems include element management, virtualization software, an event framework for operations and security streams, server and storage optimization tools, network tools, business process toolsets all of which should, but may not work together today. The list of an average enterprise management software is much longer, rarely integrated well, and a hurdle to greater IT efficiency. Much of this integration falls to a role that has always been a jack-of-all (integration) trades, the DevOps administrator. Continue reading “What Does Management Mean to You, How Big is It, & Can It Be Done?”