CIO Series: What is your Configuration Management Software ROI?

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(Looking for our configuration software ROI tool? Click here.) Sometimes you just ‘get it’. When you see and experience a true DevOps tool, you quickly and intuitively understand the savings in time and hassle that come from using it. Sometimes though it can be difficult to quantify the value of those savings and other benefits to colleagues, managers and finance people who have not used the tool or very possibly may not...
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Role based access control (RBAC) for Apps, Database and Middleware

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When we talk to systems administrators and other IT leaders about what they expect from their management solutions, we tend to hear a few common themes – and one of those themes is “Control”. Controlling when, how and where changes are promoted is central to Orca. But that is not quite enough. We also know that you need to control who can view and manage...
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Dependency Hell

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Something we hear way too often while talking to Software Architects is “When I fix this it breaks that.  When I add or move new applications, or change Windows (or Linux) application settings everything goes Kaboom.  When I make a change to database credentials and an app doesn't get changed, or is missed or fat fingered stuff breaks. It puts me in dependency hell!”  One...
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Agent vs Agentless with SSH

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What about agentless configuration management (CM)? First impressions can be lasting impressions We have found that the arguments against agents are usually related to really bad experiences with really poorly written agents. In many cases companies develop agents without really considering what the right tool for the job is. That means you wind up with a Java based agent that brings along with it a massive runtime...
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Configuration change management – coordinating calendars

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Configuration change management is difficult enough.  But planning configurations, coordinating personnel, using proper technologies and scheduling them within tight windows just seem to complicate an already complex task. What would make it better? Scheduling configuration changes, blackout dates and maintenance windows within your existing calendar system More than 2/3 of IT professionals preferred a tool that managed upcoming configuration dates, blackout dates and maintenance windows. Coordinating your...
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How to control configuration drift…beyond configuration monitoring

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Drift Happens Configuration drift is a widely experienced problem felt by most, if not all IT departments.  While there are a variety of causes of configuration drift, the degree of impact can vary from merely annoying to catastrophic.  It usually plays out like this: Your team is rolling out a new web based application.  Everyone is fired up because it works great in Dev, and...
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