This weekend I was racing out in San Francisco, running past the Golden Gate Bridge and daydreaming, when suddenly the following question occurred to me:
"What would happen if the electronic lane markers on the bridge stopped working in peak hour traffic?"
Not a pretty site for sure (and yes I am a geek...) but certainly something that could be prevented with a good proactive IT management solution, namely a BSM solution.
But more to the point, this got me thinking about how people approach and use BSM tools.
People tend to view tools that cater to the BSM market as pure infrastructure to business plays. That is, tools that map your IT to your Business.
While this is the core of BSM, the true power of a real time correlation engine (which is essentially what a BSM tool is) lies beyond simple infrastructure management.
If we pause for a moment to consider what we can do with the power of correlating IT systems and applications to logical groupings a whole new realm of possibilities opens to us.
Instead of asking
"What is the upstream impact of an infrastructure outage?"
think more along the lines of
"What is affected in my business if a particular employee fails a background check?"
"How is peak hour traffic affected if the traffic light controller for this area goes down?"
So by using the power of correlation we are now able to turn what was once bits and bytes of data into useful information with a real world impact.
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It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.