ESM: It’s never worked for me!

I was an early adopter installing Tivoli way back in the mid-90’s.

I have to say that after lots of effort the promise of enterprise systems management was never achieved and while ESM is engrained in most enterprises I wonder how many have achieved the goals that they established.

Even with advances in products from HP and IBM and the change from scripts and thresholds (including dynamic) the space has moved on little and success if still painfully elusive.

With the coming of the Cloud can a static and largely human-driven approach to monitoring ever be successful? Obviously it cannot – so what is the answer?

Does the Cloud and/or virtualisation change the game and is monitoring actually necessary and if it is can an analytics-based approach solve problem?

Perhaps the answer we are looking for it mixed into the DevOps scene; all too often IT management (monitoring) is an after-thought that is dealt with by the operations guys.

I will be focusing on an approach and techniques to build management into the design and delivery processes to see if we can actually move away from the old modes of operation and create intelligent systems in future projects.

Watch this space to see if this is successful or not!

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