Gone are the days when configuration management was merely a way to monitor the quality of a computer network system. Today, every organization makes use of configuration management as an effective process to upgrade and modify their network. Monitoring of even the slightest modification made in any complicated computer system may affect the way that the entire network function, which is why configuration management is crucial. There are several benefits when you make use of configuration management techniques. First, you will gain better control over the integrity of the network as a whole while it is being modified or upgraded. Second, the variables affecting the changes made in the network can be managed properly. Third, the quality of the network as a whole will be improved. Fourth, there will be cost-saving benefits with configuration management.
Here’s how configuration management will produce cost savings. When you utilize configuration management processes whenever there is a network modification or upgrade, the quality of the products or services that your company offers will be improved. With configuration management, there is also a lesser margin of error since the changes are being monitored. Thus, you will save more money as compared to an error-infused computer network system. In the same vein, there will also be lesser maintenance costs since configuration management will help you iron out the problems on a real-time basis. The more that you apply configuration management with your business process, the more cost-saving it will be in the long run.
****** The Definition of Lifecycle in Configuration Management
Before looking at role of configuration management in each phase of the lifecycle of the system, it is better to know the definition of the life cycle and each of the items for configuration and also to consider all the parts that covers each item and enable it to work as it was intended.
As a system progresses through its life cycle, it will be modified in so many ways to support and sustain some areas such as the improvement of its functionality and its integration. In order for Configuration Management to address change, it must always be included in each phase of the life cycle beginning with the idea of operations. All components of software, hardware and the cables for communication are considered as items for configuration. There are relationships between each of the items in every stage of the life cycle of the system in order to make sure that the configuration is successful and functions as intended. The life cycle includes the following elements, the test system consist of the test plans, environment, and procedures. The product definition consists of the requirements for the development, the design of the system, and the traceability of the matrix. The support system includes the operator, training and maintenance manuals. And last element is the production system includes the environment, patches and the procedures. Each of the elements mentioned takes place and support in the life cycle of the system and in the items for configuration.