With so many moving parts and interdependencies, anything can become an issue. You need to be able to understand what’s happening across your entire IT estate, which means creating and maintaining a complete view of your infrastructure based on data collected from all IT and business systems.
Do you know which services are the most critical in your organization? The ones which, if they fail could cause your customers to look elsewhere or result in a breach that costs your company its reputation? If you don’t consult with business teams to understand what they perceive as critical and make sure you understand the SLAs they expect with regard to those services. With that knowledge in hand, you then need to find out which systems, applications, and users support those services and map the dependencies between them. Then look for possible issues or vulnerabilities that you should be keeping a close eye on.
If your IT environment complexity is growing – and we’re pretty sure that it is – how relevant are your processes now? Are you able to fix the issues that you’re seeing most regularly today using yesterday’s processes? If the answer is no, now’s the time to find out what the recurring issues are and make changes to meet the demands of your new environment. Do this by:
What’s the worst-case scenario for your business? Nobody wants to think about it, but it’s what you need to plan for if you want to achieve IT resilience. If you’ve been following these steps, you know where your vulnerabilities are, so now you need to put plans in place to bolster those areas. Whether that means introducing back-up servers that cut in when others go down or implementing cloud georedundancy, with contingency plans in place you will be able to sleep easier.
Once you have these steps in place you can’t stand still. At the rate your environment is growing and changing you’ll need to revisit these steps regularly:
To attain true IT resilience, you’ll need to have a clear view of your IT environment at all times. New equipment, services, OS updates, and more can affect service levels. If you are managing this manually it’s going to take a lot of time and effort.
By the time you’ve aggregated data from your many systems on-prem and across your cloud environments into one static spreadsheet it will be out of date. And it’s likely to contain errors – that’s only natural when you are relying on people to input the data.
Analyzing that data to understand dependencies and common issues is going to take up more time. And if the data is old or contains errors, you could be trying to create processes for issues that aren’t there or no longer exist. It’s not just at the data discovery stage that you will see issues. Even the plans that you implement can be flawed – done manually there will likely be a gap in experience – so your customers and internal end users could still be affected.
By automating much of the work around achieving IT resilience you are going to save a lot of time and effort and you’re going to see better results. There is a lot to think about when introducing automation capabilities:
All of this is possible by leveraging automation. It will allow you to more easily monitor and modify your plans over time to meet changing needs and solve new issues and allow you to pull together reports more easily and quickly.
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