Four predominant IT use cases any network device configuration management tool must address are:

 

  • Configuration change management: scheduling device configuration backups, requiring change approval for configuration changes, scheduling execution of approved changed.
  • Compliance reporting: defining and enforcing configuration policies across all network devices through automated uploads and scheduled change reports.
  • Inventory reporting: tracking network device components, including serial numbers, interface names/specifications, port details, IP addresses, ARP tables, installed software manifests (with version levels).
  • Network device End of Sales and End of Life management: tracking sales/support status as integral part of strategic capacity and upgrade planning.

 

How well a configuration management system and IT best practices satisfy these cases on a daily basis impacts your company's ability to organize and promote the strategic collaborations among employees and partners that meet the business goals set at the executive level.

 

What business cases are the most important to you and why? What's missing from the system you currently use?