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Configuration Management


Definition

Configuration Management, CM, is a process model established to maintain the consistency and integrity of a system or software product throughout it's lifecycle.

CM can be defined as the control of changes made to a product's hardware, software and documentation.

ITIL, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, has defined three CM specializations, Software CM, Hardware CM and Operational CM which supports a historical CM methodologies.


CM Objective Definition

CM is the process that identifies and maintains the record of all registered configuration items and their related attributes.


History

CM was created by the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1950's as a technical management process.

It was created to manage and control the highly complex software and systems being developed.


Key Concepts

The key capabilities of CM systems today are the identification and control of complex systems and software as they evolve over time.

Version control systems and configuration management databases, CMDB, maintain a history of changes to systems and software as they evolve.

They allow for access to current or past versions of systems and software.

This is a very powerful concept and tool for maintaining version control.



CM has four basic elements

  • CMDB - CM Database
  • Change Management
  • Build and Release Support
  • Process Management


CMDB

A CMDB is a repository of all the metadata related to systems and software in an organization.

It holds information such as owner, version number, server names, dependency information and much more.

A key success factor in implementing a CMDB is the automation of the collection of the information and on-going updates to the database.


Change Management

Change Management addresses issues of problem tracking and change control and presentation and analysis of management information derived from these sources.

Gathering management information is greatly simplified if change features are part of the CM system.

Without this coordination, there maybe no cross-referencing between different systems and databases.


Build and Release Support

Building different systems can take large work efforts. Inefficient build processes can consume many engineer hours. Intelligent build processes can dramatically reduce build times.

Release processes can allow for the tracking of what specific versions of software and systems a particular user is using. This allows for the complete understanding of the downstream effects of changes in any of the tracked systems.


Process Management

Configuration Management process management allows organizations to ensure they can meet internal and external auditing standards, such as, ITIL, SOX, ISO 9000 and CMMI standards.

CM process management ensures that process, testing and quality assurance practices were followed prior to release of systems or software.

A relatively new trend is to use the information held in the CM systems to link to information in Project Management systems. This should increase the coupling of CM and Project Management to better deliver and report on project risk and status.


CM Information

For more information about a CM Audit process that identifies and maintains the record of all registered configuration items and their related attributes.

Configuration Management Audit



Configuration Management Table of Contents

Configuration Management CM is a process model established to maintain the consistency and integrity of a system or software product throughout it's lifecycle.

CM Audit This page outlines a CM Audit performed by an internal audit team. A CM Audit ensures that functional and physical attributes are accounted for in accordance with the requirements an applications or system.

Configuration Management Database CM Database, or otherwise known as CMDB, is a central repository for all configuration items that comprise an information system. A key goal of a CMDB is to understand the relationships between application and system components and track their configurations.

Configuration Management Jobs Configuration Management Jobs can vary greatly in scope and responsibilities. They can range from highly technical to process and standard enforcement, or some combination in between. This page outlines some of the most common roles, responsibilities and requirements.

Configuration Management Plan The goal of the Configuration Management Plan is to ensure that adequate controls are in place over all processes, configuration items and project artifacts.

CM Proposal This page is a CM Proposal for a company looking to more tightly integrate their CM team which includes their CMDB and their SCM Team.

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Configuration Management Software CM Software are the Configuration Management Tools and Utilities used to create records, track changes, manage and control your environments. CM, is a process model established to maintain the consistency and integrity of a system or software product throughout it's lifecycle.

Configuration Management Tools Configuration Management Tools to be truly beneficial need to provide these features: Effective Data Modeling for the CMDB, Change Management and Change Record Tracking, Easy Integration with Other Data Sources, Intuitive User Interface, Useful Metrics Reporting, and Cost Effective Licensing Scheme.

SCMWise Software Configuration Management SCMWise is dedicated to SCM. This site is a central repository for the collection of best practices, processes, methodologies and tools that surround SCM.


SCMWise Software Configuration Management Table of Contents

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SCM Jobs SCM jobs can be a very challenging and rewarding career. Potential candidates should be able to handle multiple high priority tasks without cracking under the pressure. Must be able to see the big picture while being focused on highly technical tasks and issues.

Software Configuration Management Tools Software Configuration Management Tools are the tools and utilities used in administering source code, building software, install packaging, defect tracking, change management and managing software configurations.

Software Version Control Version Control is a system or tool that captures the changes to a source code file, website or document. Version Control Software is essential to ensuring integrity to your Software Development Life Cycle.

Software Change Management Software Change Management is the process of controlling change to software. It encompasses Software Development Life Cycle and Software Change.

Software Development Life Cycle Software Development Life Cycle is the process in which you encapsulate your software development. Specifically meaning, it is the process and tools you use to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of your software development efforts.

Configuration Management Configuration Management, CM, is a process model established to maintain the consistency and integrity of a system or software product throughout it's lifecycle.

Define Project Management Define Project Management is a body of knowledge concerned with principles, techniques, and tools used in initiating, planning, executing, controlling and completing projects.

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