Advantage of Online Training at scmGalaxy | DevOps Training Online | Build and Release Training

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Convenient and Easy
The Internet provides online training participants with easy and convenient access. Open an Internet browser and employees are up and running quickly.
Less “What should be done”, More “How to do”!
All the classed conducted by scmGalaxy is 100% live and lab oriented and practical in nature and less descriptive.
Cost-Effective
Online training is immediate, cost effective and easily affordable. scmGalaxy online training can be up to 80% cheaper than instructor-led courses. Using online training, no need to setup hardware and software in training room, occupying costly infrastructures for days. Also saves multiple co-ordination between training co-ordinators, IT team, Security team etc
Rich Training Materials and Learning resources
We provide the rich training material content which included slides, Step-by-Step procedures documents, Instructions Manual, Training Videos, Training Audio etc. With all the software tools available including slideshow and screen capture software that can record computer activity, participants can learn how to use a specific software or program.
Avoid Limitation of the Training / Conference room
Usually each Training / Conference room has firewall set by organization which limit the access to browsing the internet, download the tools/software policies and infrastructures. scmGalaxy all the training is being conducted in Cloud environment along with the virtual machine which avoid the delay or multiple un-necessary co-ordinations of many teams in any organization.
Useful for Offline Learning
scmGalaxy classes is being offered live and each session can be recorded giving participants secure access to the class to learn at their own pace offline. Employees to learn at their own pace and maintain control of learning “where, when and how” with unlimited access 24/7.
Immediate 
Delivery over the Internet enables e-Learning to begin with just a few mouse clicks and immediate which avoids lots of follow-up, planning, co-ordinations and scheduling. Ultimately, it saves time and cost.
Fun
By providing a captivating interactive environment with dynamic content, scmGalaxy not only effectively keeps people up-to-date, but interested as well such as cloud computing, web resources, online tools and techniques.
Flexible Logistics
After location, time is the greatest limitation on learning. That goes for both the instructors and the students, each of whom has to be both available and in alignment with the other for face-to-face instruction. By removing that requirement, everyone involved can participate at a time, and for a duration, that suits his or her schedules and from anywhere around the globe.
Immediate Results and Feedbacks
scmGalaxy does provide the online Quiz, Assignment & Projects to evaluate the Results and Feedbacks about the training.
Sourcing the Best Trainer in the specific domain
Most of the qualified trainer is not available due to location constraint for classroom training, travel time and personal issues. Many classroom training is booked at least a month n advance for qualified training. scmGalaxy source the best trainer online it trainer saves their time in terms of travels and can plan in their own time.
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Static vs dynamic code analysis: Advantages and Disadvantages

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What are the advantages and limitations of static and dynamic software code analysis? Maj. Michael Kleffman of the Air Force’s Application Software Assurance Center of Excellence spelled it out.

Static code analysis advantages:

  1. It can find weaknesses in the code at the exact location.
  2. It can be conducted by trained software assurance developers who fully understand the code.
  3. It allows a quicker turn around for fixes.
  4. It is relatively fast if automated tools are used.
  5. Automated tools can scan the entire code base.
  6. Automated tools can provide mitigation recommendations, reducing the research time.
  7. It permits weaknesses to be found earlier in the development life cycle, reducing the cost to fix.

Static code analysis limitations:

  1. It is time consuming if conducted manually.
  2. Automated tools do not support all programming languages.
  3. Automated tools produce false positives and false negatives.
  4. There are not enough trained personnel to thoroughly conduct static code analysis.
  5. Automated tools can provide a false sense of security that everything is being addressed.
  6. Automated tools only as good as the rules they are using to scan with.
  7. It does not find vulnerabilities introduced in the runtime environment.

Dynamic code analysis advantages:

  1. It identifies vulnerabilities in a runtime environment.
  2. Automated tools provide flexibility on what to scan for.
  3. It allows for analysis of applications in which you do not have access to the actual code.
  4. It identifies vulnerabilities that might have been false negatives in the static code analysis.
  5. It permits you to validate static code analysis findings.
  6. It can be conducted against any application.

Dynamic code analysis limitations:

  1. Automated tools provide a false sense of security that everything is being addressed.
  2. Automated tools produce false positives and false negatives.
  3. Automated tools are only as good as the rules they are using to scan with.
  4. There are not enough trained personnel to thoroughly conduct dynamic code analysis [as with static analysis].
  5. It is more difficult to trace the vulnerability back to the exact location in the code, taking longer to fix the problem.
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What is Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) ? – Complete Guide

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Introduction

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a set of concepts and practices for managing Information Technology (IT) services (ITSM), IT development and IT operations.

Purpose

ITIL stresses service quality and focuses on how IT services can be efficiently and cost-effectively provided and supported. In the ITIL framework, the business units within an organization who commission and pay for IT services (e.g. Human Resources, Accounting), are considered to be “customers” of IT services. The IT organization is considered to be a service provider for the customers.

It primarily focuses on what processes are needed to ensure high quality IT services; however, ITIL does not provide specific, detailed descriptions about how the processes should be implemented, as they will be different in each organization. In other words, ITIL tells an organization what to do, not how to do it.

The ITIL framework is typically implemented in stages, with additional processes added in a continuous service improvement program.

Benefits
Organizations can benefit in several important ways from ITIL:

· IT services become more customer-focused

· The quality and cost of IT services are better managed

· The IT organization develops a clearer structure and becomes more efficient

· IT changes are easier to manage

· There is a uniform frame of reference for internal communication about IT

· IT procedures are standardized and integrated

· Demonstrable and auditable performance measurements are defined

Processes

ITIL is a series of books that outline a comprehensive and consistent set of process-based best practices for IT Service Management, promoting the ultimate achievement of IT Service Management goals. IT Service Management (ITSM) is the process of managing IT services to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the customer.

Versions

In 2001, version 2 of ITIL was released. The Service Support and Service Delivery books were redeveloped into more concise usable volumes and consequently became the core focus of ITIL. Over the following few years it became, by far, the most widely used IT service management best practice approach in the world.

In May 2007 version 3 of ITIL was published. This adopted more of a lifecycle approach to service management, with greater emphasis on IT business integration.

Where ITIL V2 outlined what should be done to improve processes, ITIL V3 explains clearly how you should go about doing it.

ITIL V2 Explained

The Service Management section of ITIL V2 consists of eleven disciplines and is divided into two sections as follows:

Service Support:

• Configuration Management

• Service Desk

• Incident Management

• Problem Management

• Change Management

• Release Management

Service Delivery:

• Availability Management

• IT Services Continuity Management

• Capacity Management

• Financial Management

• Service Level Management

Here are the details of Service support components.

1. Configuration Management

Objectives:

• Providing information on the IT infrastructure

o To all other processes

o IT Management

• Enabling control of the infrastructure by monitoring and maintaining information

on:

o All the resources needed to deliver services

o Configuration Item (CI) status and history

o Configuration Item relationships

Tasks:

• Identification and naming

• Management information

• Verification

• Control

• Status Accounting

Asset: Component of a business process like people, accommodation, computer systems,

paper records, fax machines, etc.

Configuration Management Database: A database, which contains all relevant details of

each Configuration Item (CI) and details of the important relationships between CIs.

A Configuration Item (CI):

• Is needed to deliver a service

• Is uniquely identifiable

• Is subject to change

• Can be managed

A Configuration Item (CI) has:

• a Category

• Relationships

• Attributes

• a Status

Variant: A Configuration Item (CI) that has the same basic functionality as another

Configuration Item (CI) but is different in some small way (ex: has more memory)

Baseline: A snapshot of the state of a Configuration Item and any component or related

Configuration Items, frozen in time for a particular purpose (such as the ability to return a

service to a trusted state if a change goes wrong)

Configuration Management supports all other processes!

Scope vs. Detail

Relationships – Common Types:

• Is a component of

• Is a copy of

• Relates to

• Relates with

• Is used by

2. Service Desk

Objectives:

• To be the primary point of call for all:

o Calls

o Questions

o Requests

o Complaints

o Remarks

• To restore the service as quickly as possible

• To manage the incident life-cycle (coordinating resolution)

• To support business activities

• To generate reports, to communicate and to promote

Different Desks

• Call Center: Handling large call volumes of telephone-based transactions.

• Help Desk: To manage, coordinate, and resolve Incidents as quickly as possible.

• Service Desk: Allowing business processes to be integrated into the Service

Management infrastructure. It not only handles Incidents, Problems and questions,

but also provides an interface for other activities.

Service Desk Essentials:

• Single point of contact / Restore service ASAP

• Tasks: Customer Interface, Business Support, Incident Control & Management

Information

• Concentrates on incident lifecycle management

• Incident: Unexpected disruption to agreed service

• Priority determined by business impact and urgency

• Correct assessment of priorities enables the deployment of manpower and other

resources to be in the best interests of the customer

• Escalation and referral

3. Incident Management

Objectives:

• To restore normal service as quickly as possible

• Minimize the adverse impact on business operations

• Ensuring that the best possible levels of service quality and availability are

maintained according to SLAs.

Incident: Any event which is not part of the standard operation of a service and which

causes or may cause an interruption to or a reduction in the quality of that service.

Work-Around: Method of avoiding an Incident or Problem.

Service Request: Every Incident not being a failure in the IT Infrastructure.

Problem: The unknown root cause of one or more incidents.

Known Error: A condition that exists after the successful diagnosis of the root cause of a

problem when it is confirmed that a CI (Configuration Item) is at fault.

Impact on the business + Urgency / Effect upon business deadlines = Priority

Category: Classification of a group of Incidents (Application, Hardware, etc.)

Escalation (Vertical Escalation): escalates up the management chain.

Referral (Horizontal Escalation): escalates to a different knowledge group. Routing.

Incident Life-Cycle

• Accept Service Event, Register and Consult the CMDB

• Classification

• Solve

• Closure

Reporting is VERY important.

• Daily reviews of individual Incident and Problem status against service levels

• Weekly management reviews

• Monthly management reviews

• Proactive service reports

4. Problem Management

Objectives:

• Stabilizing IT services through:

o Minimizing the consequences of incidents

o Removal of the root causes of incidents

o Prevention of incidents and problems

o Prevent recurrence of Incidents related to errors

• Improving productive use of resources

Tasks:

• Problem Control

• Error Control (including raising RfCs – Request for Change)

• Proactive Prevention

• Identifying Trends

• Management Information

• Posit Implementation Review (PIR)

Goal is to get from reactive or proactive. Stop problems from occurring / recurring.

Inputs:

• Incident details

• Configuration details

• Defined work-arounds

Outputs:

• Known Errors

• Requests for Change

• Updated Problem Records including work-arounds and/or solutions

• Response to Incident Management from Matching Management Information

Problem Control

• Identification

• Classification

• Assign Resources

• Investigation and Diagnosis

• Establish Known Error

Error Control

• Error Identification and Recording

• Error Assessment

• Recording Error / Resolution (Send out RfC)

• Error Closure

Known Error: An Incident or Problem for which the root cause is known and for which a

temporary Work-around or a permanent alternative has been identified.

Proactive Problem Management:

• Trend Analysis

• Targeting Support Action

• Providing Information to the Organization

Known Errors resulting from Development should be made known to the Helpdesk.

Reporting is also key for Problem Management.

5. Change Management

Objective: To implement approved changes efficiently, cost-effectively and with minimal

risk to the existing and to the new IT infrastructure. Only approved changes made, risk

and cost minimized.

Change Management Tasks:

• Filtering Changes

• Managing Change Process

• Managing Changes

• Chairing CAB and CAB/EC

• Review and Closure

• Management Information

Inputs:

• Requests for Change (RfC)

• CMDB

• Forward Schedule of Changes (FSC)

Outputs:

• Forward Schedule of Changes (FSC)

• Requests for Change (RFC)

• CAB minutes and actions

• Change management reports

Impact of change:

• Category 1

o Little impact on current services. The Change Manager is entitled to

authorize this RfC.

• Category 2

o Clear impact on services. The RfC must be discussed in the Change

Advisory Board. The Change Manager requests advice on authorization

and planning.

• Category 3

o Significant impact on the services and the business. Considerable

manpower and/or resources needed. The RfC will have to be submitted to

the board level (CAB/EC – Change Advisory Board / Executive

Committee)

Priority Setting:

• Urgent

o Change necessary now (otherwise severe business impact)

• High

o Change needed as soon as possible (potentially damaging)

• Medium

o Change will solve irritating errors or missing functionality (can be

scheduled)

• Low

o Change leads to minor improvements

A change backout plan must always be possible.

Change management always ends with a review of the change.

Change: The addition, modification, or removal of approved, supported or baselined

hardware, network, software, application, environment, system, desktop build or

associated documentation.

Request for Change: Form or screen, used to record details of a request for a change to

any CI within an infrastructure or to procedures and items associated with the

infrastructure.

Forward Schedule of Changes (FSC): Schedule that contains details of all the Changes

approved for implementation and their proposed implementation dates.

Change Management Process

1. Request for a Change

2. Registration and Classification

3. Monitoring and Planning

4. Approve

5. Build & Test

6. Authorize Implementation

7. Implementation

8. Evaluate

6. Release Management

Objectives:

• Safeguard all software and related items

• Ensure that only tested / correct version of authorized software are in use

• Ensure that only tested / correct version of authorized hardware are in use

• Right software, right time, right place

• Right hardware, right time, right place

Tasks:

• Define the release policies

• Control of the Definitive Software Library (DSL)

• Control of the Definitive Hardware Storage (DHS)

• Distribute Software and Associated CIs

• Carry out S/W audits (using CMDB)

• Manage the software releases

• Oversee build of the software releases

Releases are done under the control of Change Management.

DSL : Definitive Software Library. Reliable versions of software in a single logical

location. However, software may be physically stored at different locations.

Release Policy:

• Release Unit

• Full / Package / Delta Releases

• Numbering

• Frequency

• Emergency Change

Version Control:

• Development

• Testing

• Live

• Archive

Process:

• Software Control and Distribution (operational)

• Change Management (control)

• Configuration Management (control and administration)

Only process which creates its own policy.

Here are the details of Service Delivery components.

1. Availability Management

Objectives:

• To predict, plan for and manage the availability of services by ensuring that:

o All services are underpinned by sufficient, reliable and properly

maintained CIs

o Where CIs are not supported internally there are appropriate contractual

agreements with third party suppliers

o Changes are proposed to prevent future loss of service availability

• Only then can IT organizations be certain of delivering the levels of availability

agreed with customers in SLAs.

Aspects of Availability:

• Reliability

• Maintainability: Maintenance you do yourself, as a company

• Resilience: Redundancy

• Serviceability: Maintenance done by someone else

Availability Information is stored in an Availability Database (ADB). This information is

used to create the Availability Plan. SLAs provide an input to this process.

Unavailability Lifecycle

MTTR: Mean Time to Repair (Downtime) – Time period that elapses between the

detection of an Incident and it’s Restoration. Includes: Incident, Detection, Diagnosis,

Repair, Recovery, Restoration.

MTBF: Mean Time Between Failures (Uptime) – Time period that elapses between

Restoration and a new Incident.

MTBSI: Mean Time Between System Incidents – Time period that elapses between two

incidents. MTTR + MTBF.

“An IT service is not available to a customer if the functions that customer requires at

that particular location cannot be used although the agreed conditions under which the IT

service is supplied are being met”

Simplistic Availability Calculation:

Agreed Service Hours – Downtime 100

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Agreed Service Hours 1

2. IT Service Continuity Management

Why plan?

• Increases Business dependency on IT

• Reduced cost and time of recovery

• Cost to customer relationship

• Survival

Many businesses fail within a year of suffering a major IT disaster.

Business Impact Analysis:

Risk Analysis:

• Value of Assets

• Threats

• Vulnerabilities

Risk Management:

• Countermeasures

• Planning for potential disasters

• Managing a disaster

Risk Analysis: Based on the CCTA Computer Risk Analysis and Management

Methodology (CRAMM)

Options:

1. Do nothing

2. Manual workarounds

3. Reciprocal arrangements

4. Gradual Recovery (cold standby)

5. Intermediate Recovery (warm standby)

6. Immediate Recovery (hot standby)

Cold start = accommodation. Environmental controls; power and communications

Hot start = cold start + computing equipment and software

7 Sections of the Plan:

1. Administration

2. The IT Infrastructure

3. IT Infrastructure management & Operating procedures

4. Personnel

5. Security

6. Contingency site

7. Return to normal

Test and Review:

• Initially then every 6 to 12 months and after each disaster

• Test it under realistic circumstances

• Move / protect any live services first

• Review and change the plan

• All changes made via the CAB – Change Advisory Board

Contingency Plan:

• Assists in fast, controlled recovery

• Must be given wide but controlled access

• Contents (incl. Admin, Infrastructure, People, Return to normal)

• Options (incl. Cold & Hot Start)

• Must be tested regularly – without impacting the live service

3. Capacity Management

Objective:

To determine the right, cost justifiable, capacity of IT resources such that the Service

Levels agreed with the business are achieved at the right time.

Objectives:

• Demand Management

o Business Capacity Management

• Workload Management

o Service Capacity Management

• Resource Management

o Resource Capacity Management

While doing the above, also need to do:

• Performance Management

o Internal and External Financial Data

o Usage Data

o SLM Data / Response Times

CDB – Capacity Data Base – Contains all Metrics, etc. Used to create a Capacity

Management Plan. Performance Management Data populates the CDB.

Essentials:

• From Customer Demands to Resources

• Demand Management

• Workload Management

• Performance Management

• Capacity Planning

• Defining Thresholds and Monitoring

Application Sizing: To estimate the resource requirements to support a proposed

application change to ensure that it meets its required service levels.

Modeling:

• Trend Analysis

• Analytical Modeling

• Simulation Modeling

• Baseline Models

• Used to Answer the “What If… “ questions

• Data for Modeling comes from the CDB

4. Financial Management

Objectives:

To provide information about and control over the costs of delivering IT services that

support customers business needs.

Costing is a must!

Input cost units recommended by ITIL:

• Equipment Cost Units (ECU)

• Organization Cost Units (OCU)

• Transfer Cost Units (TCU)

• Accommodation Cost Units (ACU)

• Software Cost Units (SCU)

Equipment = hardware

Organization = staff

Transfer = costs which IT incurs acting as an agent for the customer, they do not appear

as a cost against the IT department’s budget

Accommodation = buildings

Software = software

Different Cost Types:

• Fixed – unaffected by the level of usage

• Variable – varying according to the level of usage

• Direct – usage specific to one service

• Indirect or Overhead – usage not specific to one service

• Capital – not diminished by usage

• Revenue or running – diminish with usage

Charging Objectives:

• Recover from customers the full costs of the IT services provided

• Ensure that customers are aware of the costs they impose on IT

• Ensure that providers have an incentive to deliver and agreed quality and quantity

of economic and effective services

Charging and Pricing Options:

Charging:

• No Charging – IT treated as support center

• Notional Charging – IT treated as cost center

• Actual Charging

Pricing:

• Recover of Costs – IT treated as a service center

• Cost Price Plus – IT treated as a profit center

• Market Prices – IT treated as a profit center

Support and Cost centers used “soft charging” in which no money changes hands; service and profit centers use “hard costing” in which money is transferred between bank

accounts

Profit centers focus on the value of the IT service to the customer

Good Financial Management minimizes the risks in decision making

Three Main Processes:

Budgeting: The process of predicting and controlling the spending of money within the

enterprise and consists of periodic negotiation cycle to set budgets (usually annual) and

the day-to-day monitoring of the current budgets. Key influence on strategic and tactical

plans.

IT Accounting: The set of processes that enable the IT organization to fully account for

the way its money is spent (particularly the ability to identify costs by customer, by

service, by activity).

Charging: The set of processes required to bill a customer for the services applied to

them. To achieve this requires sound IT Accounting, to a level of detail determined by

the requirements of the analysis, billing, and reporting procedures.

5. Service Level Management

Balance between the Demand for IT services and the Supply of IT services by knowing

the requirements of the business and knowing the capabilities of IT.

Objectives:

• Business-like relationship between customer and supplier

• Improved specification and understanding of service requirements

• Greater flexibility and responsiveness in service provision

• Balance customer demands and cost of services provision

• Measurable service levels

• Quality improvement (continuous review)

• Objective conflict resolution

Tasks:

• Service Catalog

• Service Level Requirements

• Service Level Agreement

• Operational Level Agreements (OLA) and Contracts

• Service Specsheet

• Service Quality Plan

• Monitor, Review and Report

• Service Improvement Programs

• Customer Relationship Management

Minimum Requirements for an Agreement:

• Period

• Service Description

• Throughput

• Availability

• Response Times

• Signature

Other Possible Clauses:

• Contingency arrangements

• Review procedures

• Change procedures

• Support services

• Customer responsibilities

• Housekeeping

• Inputs and Outputs

• Changes

Ideally contracts are based on targets in the SLA

SLAs must be monitored regularly and reviewed regularly

• Monitor to see if service is being delivered to specification

• Review to see if service specification is still appropriate

Overview of the ITIL v3 library

Five volumes comprise the ITIL v3, published in May 2007:

1. ITIL Service Strategy

2. ITIL Service Design

3. ITIL Service Transition

4. ITIL Service Operation

5. ITIL Continual Service Improvement

Service Strategy

As the center and origin point of the ITIL Service Lifecycle, the ITIL Service Strategy volume provides guidance on clarification and prioritization of service-provider investments in services. More generally, Service Strategy focuses on helping IT organizations improve and develop over the long term. In both cases, Service Strategy relies largely upon a market-driven approach. Key topics covered include service value definition, business-case development, service assets, market analysis, and service provider types. List of covered processes:

  • Service Portfolio Management
  • Demand Management
  • IT Financial Management
  • Supplier Management

Service Design

The ITIL Service Design volume provides good-practice guidance on the design of IT services, processes, and other aspects of the service management effort. Significantly, design within ITIL is understood to encompass all elements relevant to technology service delivery, rather than focusing solely on design of the technology itself. As such, Service Design addresses how a planned service solution interacts with the larger business and technical environments, service management systems required to support the service, processes which interact with the service, technology, and architecture required to support the service, and the supply chain required to support the planned service. Within ITIL v2, design work for an IT service is aggregated into a single Service Design Package (SDP). Service Design Packages, along with other information about services, are managed within the service catalogs. List of covered processes:

  • Service Catalogue Management
  • Service Level Management
  • Risk Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Availability Management
  • IT Service Continuity Management
  • Information Security Management
  • Compliance Management
  • IT Architecture Management
  • Supplier Management

Service Transition

Service transition, as described by the ITIL Service Transition volume, relates to the delivery of services required by a business into live/operational use, and often encompasses the “project” side of IT rather than “BAU”. This area also covers topics such as managing changes to the “BAU” environment.

List of processes:

  • Service Asset and Configuration Management
  • Service Validation and Testing
  • Evaluation
  • Release Management
  • Change Management
  • Knowledge Management

Service Operation

Best practice for achieving the delivery of agreed levels of services both to end-users and the customers (where “customers” refer to those individuals who pay for the service and negotiate the SLAs). Service operation, as described in the ITIL Service Operation volume, is the part of the lifecycle where the services and value is actually directly delivered. Also the monitoring of problems and balance between service reliability and cost etc are considered. The functions include technical management, application management, operations management and Service Desk as well as, responsibilities for staff engaging in Service Operation.

List of processes:

  • Event Management
  • Incident Management
  • Problem Management
  • Request Fulfillment
  • Access Management

Continual Service Improvement (CSI)

Aligning and realigning IT services to changing business needs (because standstill implies decline).

Continual Service Improvement, defined in the ITIL Continual Service Improvement volume, aims to align and realign IT Services to changing business needs by identifying and implementing improvements to the IT services that support the Business Processes. The perspective of CSI on improvement is the business perspective of service quality, even though CSI aims to improve process effectiveness, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the IT processes through the whole lifecycle. To manage improvement, CSI should clearly define what should be controlled and measured.

CSI needs to be treated just like any other service practice. There needs to be upfront planning, training and awareness, ongoing scheduling, roles created, ownership assigned, and activities identified to be successful. CSI must be planned and scheduled as process with defined activities, inputs, outputs, roles and reporting.

List of processes:

  • Service Level Management
  • Service Measurement and Reporting
  • Continual Service Improvement

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SCM Benefits the Organization in Four Major Ways – SCM Process Benefits

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SCM benefits an organization in four areas: control, management, cost savings, and quality. These four benefits are mapped to an organization’s overall goals and objectives when the decisions are made to bring a SCM tool in-house. The features of a SCM tool further support these benefits.
SCM Benefits the Organization in Four Major Ways


Control
Control in SCM provides the ability to review, approve, and incorporate changes into a configuration item. There must be one controlling SCM tool so that there is only one set of training, license management, installation, and user procedures. All project personnel use the tool. Inherent in the tool is a standardized, measurable process for change. Integrity maintenance of CIs is enforced throughout the product life cycle. The tool permits only controlled change to the baseline CIs, and all changes are tracked.


Management
Management in SCM is concerned with the automation of identifying and guiding configuration items through their life cycle to final assembly as part of product and delivery. Identification of CIs through a unique naming convention allows version, release, update, and full change tracking. Baselining of CIs with the ability to produce product deltas from the baseline satisfies requirement and schedule changes along with product family support. Rapid reviews and audits of CIs are accomplished through the analysis of historic information collected. Project status reporting is accomplished in a clear and consistent format based on SCM collected information on all CIs under configuration management.


Cost Savings
Cost savings are realized across the entire product development life cycle with SCM. Maintaining product integrity through defined, tracked, and audited CIs provides a managed bill of materials for the product released to customers. Cost savings scale with SCM use and application across applications. This scaling is dependent on the depth of control needed for each application product release tree. Deep combinations for product families can be analyzed for risk exposure and cost savings directly impacted by the amount of configuration management applied. Side effects are reduced through controlled change by understanding the impact on all versions and releases. Accurate and repeatable release control is produced in a repeatable fashion over entire product families for all customers and users.


Quality
Software development is a people-intensive activity, and quality must be considered at every person-to-tool interface. Ensuring a high-quality work environment must address the process of building software products in an automated fashion. This must include tracking CIs to the tools that produced them and the clients that ultimately receive the product. Measuring the end product to ensure high quality is done through tracking the changes made to a product throughout its life cycle. Repeatable management and change control in a documented and measured fashion allows accurate estimation of future efforts. Quality is an ongoing process. The lessons learned in one product must be transferred to new, related products and entire product families.

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Benefits of CVSNT, What are the advantages of CVSNT over CVS ?

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Advantages of CVSNT over CVS

Feature CVSNT CVS
Server
Supports authentication via Microsoft Active Directory or SSH (windows only) YES NO
Set enforced protocols allow server to lock out clients connecting over insecure protocols or using insecure/inefficient options. YES NO
Easily remove protocols (without recompile) YES NO
Branch ACLs can be used to restrict access YES NO
LockServer provides file level locking YES NO
More sophisticated / extra triggers available e.g. postcommit. Triggers also available via COM/DLL/.so interfaces YES NO
Supports Unicode files with additional keyword expansion switches YES NO
Efficient storage of binary files using binary deltas YES NO
Extended modules functionality using the modules2 file YES NO
Advanced Reserved Edits and checked commits (supercedes exclusive locking concept) YES NO
Server-side default options (cvsrc) YES NO
CVSROOT/config scripts etc. YES YES
Repository browsing via cvs ls command YES YES
Pluggable server-side diff programs YES NO
Supports Unicode files with additional keyword expansion switches YES NO
Server-side default options (cvsrc) YES NO
UTF-8 (Unicode) Server. YES NO
Multi Lingual filenames suport. YES NO
Rendevous Support YES NO
Binary availability for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, HPUX YES YES
Client support for IBM iSeries (AS/400) OS/400 YES NO
Windows Server
Supports encrypted authentication via SSL (all platforms) YES NO
Configurable with Windows Control Panel YES NO
Compatible with NTFS ACL’s for using permissions based on Windows username or group. YES NO
Triggers also available via COM and DLL interfaces YES NO
Cshdump handler YES NO
Native file access YES NO
Native MSI Installer YES NO
Client
Smart Merge using MergePoint YES NO
Supports Unicode files with additional keyword expansion switches YES NO
“Import-and-go” by optionally turning freshly imported trees into a new sandbox automatically. No more need to purge and do a fresh checkout first YES NO
Version OSX resource fork extensions keyword expansion switches YES NO

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