Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:04 am Post subject: Configuration Management planning doubts
First of all, let me give you the context: I am involved with a cfg and chg processes planning. Sponsorship is guaranteed, from the highest position of the division we are. The sequence of my work is: Assessment of current processes, definition of desired situation, draft of proposed processes and after approval, full documentation of both processes and implementation planning.
I have started to talk to some people, and some issues became clear. I am thinking of how to address them, and I would like to hear from you if you consider I am on the right path, your opinions, etc.
1) In a month, there will be a re-inventory of all desktops (about 300), and they want it to be done already under the new processes, so that data will not become "old" the day after. I think this is impossible. They think that, as the scope is limited to only the desktops (their decision, based on the fact that they are struggling to control desktops hw & sw), we can have at least a basic process for it. I still think it is a dead end. They don't. What to do? Is that possible at all? Anyone here with such a case?
2) The inventory control process, the baseline from which I should start, includes procurement activities. I read in this forum that it is common sense not to mix cfg mgm with procurement. So I am thinking of focusing just on the cfg mgm process, and its interface with the current procurement activities. What do you think?
3) License control is a big issue here. They are really concerned with licenses currently used versus currently owned. They expect the cfg process to help them, i.e. the cmdb should have the ability to register both situations. I read in this forum that it is a tuff work to include license mgm under cfg process and cmdb umbrella. But I also read some interesting suggestions, like having a License CI, instead of just a SW CI. So I think there are people out there mixing cfg mgm with license control. So I would like to hear from you!
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Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:16 am Post subject:
My questions are as follows
Are you asking for advice or opinion ?
Opinions are free, advice is more like to be inline with consulting.
If you want our opinion on something tell what you are planning to do, we can provide an opinion - more than one
If you want advice, hire a consultant who has experience in implementing Best Practice in specific areas - usually those who hold Red Badges
I am unavailable for advice. I am available for my opinion
what i dont see anywhere in your post is what the current processes are
whether you have change release config or incident or even problem not even mentioning the service delivery (v2) processes
ITIL Best practice for CCR usually does not involve procurement. It usually deals with the INSTALLATION, configuration and support of the kit that purchased _________________ John Hardesty
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Change Management is POWER & CONTROL. /....evil laughter
I am asking for opinions. Sorry, I think my original post did miss some important information.
About the current process, this is a green field for ITIL processes. I mean, there are processes (not fully documented) for handling incidents and controlling inventory for example, but none of them were based on best practices like ITIL. That’s just the way thing are done today. And they want to do it better, so adapting current processes to ITIL best practices is the purpose of this project. And it has been already decided to start with cfg and chg mgm processes because they are the base for everything else.
As for my doubts, here is what I am thinking of doing, so you could give me your opinion:
1) I think we should just ignore the desktops re-inventory. They can do it, but it is not feasible to consider it under a new cfg process. Unless we completely change the scope of the project to initially "reinforce inventory control for the desktops assessment next month". Unfortunately, I am not in the situation to decide this, but I can suggest it. What do you think?
2) Ok, your opinion is the same as mine. We should not consider procurement for cfg process.
3) I think we could do license mgm under cfg mgm, but only if we could have a way to easily register and control it in a database. That is why I got interested in having a license CI with a relationship to a sw CI. Do you think this is a good approach?
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