Systems Management Tool Rationalization Matrix

Author(s): David Drysdale

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Organizations frequently deploy a range of systems management tools, pieced together from open source or vendor-provided solutions. Alternatively, organizations start with the tools and consider people and processes second, leading to inadequate solutions for actual needs.

  • Organizations should eliminate or consolidate unnecessary software tools.
  • Every tool needs to have value in order to justify ongoing maintenance.
  • Part of the struggle in eliminating tools is having difficult conversations with team members who are lone champions of some particular function.

This tool helps categorize tools in order to initiate a tool deduplication process.

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