In my previous blog, I shared why I felt that advanced IT analytics (AIA) is both an area of intense innovation, while at the same time a set of technologies that are truly coming of age. No longer just a technological curiosity, AIA solutions are already transforming many IT organizations for the better.
As I also mentioned in last week’s column, for our AIA Buyer’s Guide we interviewed more than 20 deployments to help us better assess vendor strengths and limitations. So given the abundance of riches to work with, I’ve decided to illustrate several of the more prominent AIA benefit categories with actual real-world comments.
Toolset Consolidation and Mean Time to Repair
These are probably the two most preeminent values we saw from the thirteen vendors we evaluated for our buyer’s guide. And to be honest this is also what we expected. AIA solutions can deliver impressive value in breaking through siloed introversion, to promote more data sharing — with much enhanced proactive relevance. Moreover, AIA solutions generally do this by providing a common layer of insight that promotes toolset consolidation — either by replacing many redundant or unnecessary siloed tools, or by assimilating leading indicators so that toolsets of secondary value can be dispensed with.
Here are just a few of many quotes to illustrate this:
We are moving to replace all the point solutions in the environment with our AIA toolset. This has the added benefit of saving us money on licenses as we eliminate unneeded, overlapping tools.
Technology company supporting federal health services
We estimate that we will save about $500,000 in toolset consolidation in monitoring. In terms of mean time to resolution (MTTR), we were averaging 2.5 hours per incident before. Now it’s down to 38 minutes — a time reduction approaching 500%.
Global digital services company
The move to AIA allowed us to unify our operations team with a single-pane-of-glass view and drill-down so that we could share information more effectively. In the past we caught only 3% of our problems proactively. That percentage went up to 88%. Mean time to repair dropped from hours to as low as 12 minutes, and we are now able to automate resolutions to known issues.
Global provider of Internet-based entertainment.
Unifying IT with Improved Levels of Efficiency
As a corollary to toolset consolidation and improved MTTR, Advanced IT Analytics solutions also provide a common fabric for IT teams to work more effectively together. As I pointed out last week, this is not necessarily limited to operations — it can often include other parts of IT and business stakeholders, as well.
Our stakeholders overall are loving [the AIA solution] with dramatic reductions in mean time to repair. This includes our DevOps teams—who are able to consume the data at a quick pace and almost instantaneously make adjustments to the development process. In the future, we’re hoping to get more support for SecOps, with more integrated insight across security and operations—as we continue to get more and more of our IT stakeholders engaged.
Large government agency in the Pacific Rim
We are enjoying accelerated levels of correlation, automation, and information integration. We are also able to support more projects and more business opportunities without increasing headcount. It is enabling us to prepare for reaching more effective ways of working as an organization in the future.
Large European telecommunications service provider
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