Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods by Robert Aiello, Leslie Sachs

By Robert Aiello, Leslie Sachs

Successfully enforce High-Value Configuration administration strategies in Any improvement Environment

As IT platforms have grown more and more advanced and mission-critical, potent configuration administration (CM) has turn into serious to an organization’s luck. utilizing CM top practices, IT pros can systematically deal with swap, heading off unforeseen difficulties brought via adjustments to undefined, software program, or networks. Now, today’s top CM practices were accrued in a single fundamental source displaying you ways to enforce them all through any agile or conventional improvement association.

Configuration administration most sensible Practices is functional, effortless to appreciate and practice, and completely displays the day by day realities confronted via practitioners. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs completely handle all six “pillars” of CM: resource code administration, construct engineering, setting configuration, switch keep watch over, free up engineering, and deployment. They display how you can enforce CM in ways in which help software program and platforms improvement, meet compliance principles reminiscent of SOX and SAS-70, count on rising criteria equivalent to IEEE/ISO 12207, and combine with glossy frameworks reminiscent of ITIL, COBIT, and CMMI. assurance includes
• utilizing CM to fulfill enterprise targets, contractual necessities, and compliance rules
• bettering caliber and productiveness via lean approaches and “just-in-time” strategy improvement
• Getting off to a superb commence in organisations with no powerful CM
• imposing a center CM top Practices Framework that helps the whole improvement lifecycle
• getting to know the “people” part of CM: rightsizing procedures, overcoming resistance, and knowing place of work psychology
• Architecting purposes to take complete good thing about CM top practices
• constructing potent IT controls and compliance
• coping with tradeoffs and prices and warding off dear pitfalls

Configuration administration top Practices is the fundamental source for everybody focused on CM: from CTOs and CIOs to improvement, QA, and undertaking managers and software program engineers to analysts, testers, and compliance professionals.

Praise for Configuration administration top Practices

“Understanding swap is necessary to any try and deal with switch. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs’s Configuration administration most sensible Practices presents basic definitions and motives to assist practitioners comprehend switch and its strength impact.”
–Mary Lou A. Hines Fritts, CIO and Vice Provost educational courses, collage of Missouri-Kansas City

“Few books on software program configuration administration emphasize the position of individuals and organizational context in defining and executing an efficient SCM approach. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs’s publication offers you the data you needn't merely to regulate swap successfully but in addition to regulate the transition to a greater SCM process.”
–Steve Berczuk, Agile software program Developer, and writer of Software Configuration administration styles: powerful Teamwork, sensible Integration

“Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs be triumphant handsomely in generating a tremendous ebook, at a realistic and balanced point of aspect, for this subject that frequently ‘goes with no saying’ (and therefore will get many initiatives into deep trouble). Their ardour for the subject indicates as they disguise a superb variety of topics–even tradition, character, and working with resistance to change–in an obtainable shape that may be utilized to any undertaking. The software program has wanted a publication like this for an extended time!”
–Jim Brosseau, Clarrus Consulting crew, and writer of Software Teamwork: Taking possession for Success

“A needs to learn for someone constructing or dealing with software program or initiatives. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs may be able to bridge the language hole among the myriad of groups concerned with winning Configuration administration implementations. They describe functional, actual global practices that may be carried out by way of builders, managers, general makers, or even Classical CM Folk.”
–Bob Ventimiglia, Bobev Consulting

“A clean and clever overview of today’s key suggestions of SCM, construct administration, and similar key practices on daily software program engineering. From the voice of a professional, Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs provide a useful source to luck in SCM.”
–Pablo Santos Luaces, CEO of Codice Software

“Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs have a present for exciting the categories of dialog and proposal that unavoidably precede wanted organizational switch. What they must say is usually attention-grabbing and sometimes important.”
–Marianne Bays, company advisor, supervisor and Educator

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