Application Analysis: Discovery and Information Gathering
Inventory accuracy for server to application mapping, and affinity group development, is far more elusive than many firms expect. Our approach is different, leveraging both tools and institutional knowledge:
Identification of Gaps. Some of the symptoms we see include accurate but incomplete data, accurate but high-level data, inconsistent data across an asset base, and stale and potentially non-existent data across an asset base.
We commonly see issues with the breadth of the data– only part of the asset base is being reported, and the depth of the data: only part of the specific data on a given asset is being reported.
Once we identify and remediate these gaps, CMDB data can be used effectively in application dependency mapping.
The Right Mix of Tools and Knowledge. No one tool can replace years of institutional knowledge. Our approach and methods leverage the “jump start” capability of a tool, and then validate and enhance the output with focused interview/workshop approaches to identifying the true – and sometimes hidden – dependencies.
GTSG provides an additional level of Interdependency Analysis. This is used at a minimum for critical applications, and is called Application Decomposition or “App Decomp.” Utilizing a refined series of detailed questions and workshops, our experience identifies hidden dependencies.
To learn more, read our document “GTSG on Application Analysis” below.