Webinar: A living blueprint of your university’s IT
Graham Snow and David Gee of the University of Hertfordshire have been building a rather cool system that automatically records the IT applications and servers they run, along with the relationships between them. Recently, they presented a webinar about their work to the UCISA EA community.
They can use this so show graphs of which business services depend on which IT components, or which services will be affected if a particular server were to be unavailable. They can also show how data flows between systems. The services are linked, in turn, to the UCISA HE Capability Model.
Wherever possible, they pull in data live, so that the information is always current and they don’t need people typing data in by hand. They have customised an open-source tool, linking it to their existing system management and monitoring software.
This has taken them the best part of a year, and the result is impressive. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I recommend this webinar.