Throughout the application lifecycle existing data must be analysed. For example:
Traditional manual methods provide no easy mechanism for a user to analyse existing data. Documentation is difficult to interpret and may not be a true reflection of the current set up. Standard application reports for setup areas are generally poor and inflexible. Users usually revert to manually reviewing data within the system itself, running standard reports and then manually manipulating the output, writing ad-hoc queries or a combination of these approaches. None of these methods are effective.
The need for analysis is perhaps most acutely felt during patching and upgrade cycles, where potentially thousands of changes occur and organisations have no simple way to identify the impacted items and their effects. The burden of finding the impact and any resulting issues is generally left to the testing cycle. However, as impacts have not been systematically identified it can never be known whether the test cycle has successfully identified them all or not, increasing the risk that some impact is missed. Further, as impacts cannot be easily isolated, testing scope is often broadened to compensate for the lack of clarity; this means, inevitably, areas are tested that were not actually affected adding to the cost of managing the change.
Beyond documentation, ConfigSnapshot provides comprehensive and flexible analysis of setup data. Rather than a “one size fits all” reporting approach, users are able to target data needed for the specific business requirement and format output to aid comprehension of the results.
General analysis capabilities include:
Specific analysis reporting is also provided as standard within ConfigSnapshot including:
For regular analysis requirements ConfigSnapshot enables you to create predefined reports without the need for any coding. These reports can be run either on an ad-hoc basis or by scheduling them – individually or as part of a set.
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