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Beyond better response to an incident after the fact, IT operations can be more proactive in analyzing the configuration of the service to identify single points of failure. The capability to view historical configuration information and changes is also provided so IT operations can trace outages to specific changes on specific components over a defined period of time. This is great news for challenged operations teams as we all know that maximizing service availability is one of the most critical IT objectives.

Under previous regulations, companies generally had to collect and manage approximately 10 data points about each lease. Under new rules, they will need to collect and manage an estimated 25-70 points. Many current lease management systems were not designed to handle this level of granularity, and extracting the data presents its own challenges. Additionally, leases often experience frequent turnover, so new data will near-constantly need to be entered into the system.

Gartner’s maturity model shows that among Infrastructure & Operations personnel, the current ranking on the maturity scale (stages include: Awareness, Committed, Proactive, Service Aligned, Business Partner) is 2.35 out of a possible 5. That means that majority of IT organization have not yet achieved a service-aligned view of their operations.

Helping businesses get plugged in to a new neighborhood comes easy for office-relocation-service entrepreneurs who, as “locals,” know who’s who in providing such services as printing, restaurant delivery and equipment repair. As Dickson, a veteran entrepreneur, has found, determining if there is a market for your idea is essential before you roll it out. Otherwise, it’s easy to waste a lot of time and money on a product or service that no one wants.