IT operations management tools consolidation: The five key battles you need to win – Cloud Computing News

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Michael Del Castillo is solution delivery architect at OpsRamp.

If your organisation has more than 20 tools for IT operations management and DevOps, you’re not alone. According to one source, nearly 40% of IT teams are using more than 10 monitoring tools. There comes a time when you simply must clean house. This is a painful chore, akin to cleaning out the garage or basement after a few years of neglect. It requires deep analysis, an in-depth understanding of business requirements and political finesse.

Avoiding this exercise, however, is fraught with danger. Your organisation is likely wasting money and time maintaining and integrating legacy and/or disconnected tools that aren’t worth the effort. As well, tools overload contributes needlessly to data noise rather than focusing on the data sets which are most critical to maintaining healthy service levels for the business. In this article, I’ll provide some ideas to simplify and accelerate a tools rationalisation and consolidation exercise.

Battle #1: Politics

I’ve worked in enterprise architecture and IT operations for over 15 years, as an internal team member and directly with clients. I can say with confidence that in most cases, 75% of the tools deployed in an IT organisation have redundant …

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