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"Monitoring Agent Management"


Table of Contents

Introduction: Introduction to Monitoring Agent Management
Framework: Using This Artifact as a "Monitoring Agent Management Framework"
Key Terms: Key Terms for Monitoring Agent Management
Glossary: The "Monitoring Agent Management Glossary"
Capabilities: Monitoring Agent Management as an Enterprise Capability
Ownership: Clearly Defined Monitoring Agent Management Ownership is Critical for Success
Verbs and Actions: Understanding Why Verbs and Actions are Important to Monitoring Agent Management
Roles: Key Verb and Action Driven Roles For Monitoring Agent Management
Taxonomy: Understanding Monitoring Agent Management Classifications or Categorizations
Ontology: Monitoring Agent Management Ontology as a Means for Language Standardization
Life Cycle (Lifecycle): Lifecycle Phases for Monitoring Agent Management
Inventories: Monitoring Agent Management Inventories
Environments: Monitoring Agent Management Environments
Metrics: Monitoring Agent Management Metrics
Services: Monitoring Agent Management as a Set of Services (a.k.a. Monitoring Agent Management Services)
Service Paradigms: Centralized Monitoring Agent Management vs. Federated Monitoring Agent Management
Principles & Best Practices: Common Principles and Best Practices for Monitoring Agent Management
Further Reading and Reference Material for Monitoring Agent Management


Introduction: Introduction to Monitoring Agent Management

This document represents an aggregated, ordered and contextualized view of the material we've been able to compile and publish that is related to the topic of "Monitoring Agent Management." The goal is to make this page a landing and launch point for all things related to this topic. As our content becomes more complete and more accurate, this page should become a very useful and powerful knowledge base for this topic and all parties interested in it.

You'll find that the content for this document is consistent with that of other discipline related documents. This is intentional. The consistency is based on a knowledge pattern that helps individuals learn more about different topics, quicker and more efficiently. We hope you find the material useful and easy to learn.

It's important to realize that content in this document and any related sub-documents are constantly evolving. Therefore, we recommend you check for updates, regularly, to keep up with the latest material.

The Foundation always welcomes your feedback and suggestions for improvement, as we're always looking for ways to improve our solutions and offerings to the general community.

All solutions published by the Foundation are subject to the terms and conditions of the Foundation's Master Agreement.


Framework: Using This Artifact as a "Monitoring Agent Management Framework"

This document or artifact, along with everything in it, is intended to act as a "Framework" that addresses various aspects of Monitoring Agent Management.

The readers will notice that most sections in the Table of Contents (TOC) use a format where the TOC entry is prefixed with a topic name, followed by a short descriptive title (i.e. "TOPIC_NAME: TOPIC_RELATED_SECTION_TITLE"). This is intentional and represents a format by which the Foundation may achieve things like the identification of appropriate topic areas, the segregation of distinct topic areas from each other, the appropriate ordering of topic areas, and achieve the maintenance of consistency, both, within and across different IT Disciplines.

To elaborate, this artifact is intended to:

  1. Organize different areas of the discipline known as Monitoring Agent Management into clear and compartmentalized areas that allow the Foundation to more effectively and productively collect, document and publish information that pertains to this discipline.
  2. Decompose each area of Monitoring Agent Management into smaller and, therefore, more digestible units for more efficient learning and understanding.
  3. Document common industry wisdom about each area, piece or subcomponent of Monitoring Agent Management
  4. Act as a set of Monitoring Agent Management related best practices and guidelines that have been collected, documented, and published for the benefit of IT Professionals, regardless of their specific industry, line of business, or area of expertise.
  5. Act as a consistent and repeatable pattern for documenting, publishing and learning, both, within this Discipline and across "all" Disciplines.

From the Foundation's perspective, if done correctly, all of the above will allow the Foundation to properly decompose, document and publish content related to each sub-area or sub-topic for each IT Discipline, including this specific discipline (i.e. "Monitoring Agent Management").

From the reader's perspective, if done correctly, all of the above will allow him or her to easily find and learn about specific areas of interest associated with this and all other IT Disciplines in a manner where the reader may effectively consume and digest material in small atomic segments that act as repeatable and more effective learning units.

As this artifact evolves and progresses, the reader will see it address key areas of the professional IT Discipline "Monitoring Agent Management" that range from its detailed definition through closely related terms, phrases and their definitions, to its detailed specification of Monitoring Agent Management Capabilities, and all the way through to defining, delivering, operating and supporting Monitoring Agent Management Services.

As mentioned previously, this document will continue to evolve and the Foundation recommends the reader check back, regularly, to stay abreast of modifications and new developments. It is also important to understand that the structure of this artifact may change to meet the needs of such evolution.


Key Terms for Monitoring Agent Management

Before moving on to learn more about the rest of the Monitoring Agent Management framework, we suggest that you take some time to familiarlize yourself with the following very basic term(s)...

Monitoring Agent:

"1. A type of Software, System, or Component that is deployed to another System (Software or Hardware) for the purpose of monitoring things like activity, performance, and quality, usually with the intent and Capabilities necessary to communicate progress or status through means such as Events or Notifications that are often documented to Log Files or Databases."

Monitoring Agent Management:

"1. The professional discipline that involves working with, in or on any aspect of planning, delivering, operating or supporting for one or more Monitoring Agent Items or any and all solutions put in place to deal with such Items.

2. The solution set that a person or organization puts in place to manage one or more Monitoring Agent Items.

3. The process or processes put in place by a person or organization to assist in the management, coordination, control, delivery, or support of one or more Monitoring Agent Items.

4. The Enterprise Capability that represents the general ability or functional capacity for a Resource or Organization to deal with or handle one or more Monitoring Agent Items. Such a term is often used by Information Technology (IT) Architects when performing or engaging in the activities associated with general Capability Modeling."

In addition to the above basic term(s), you can also learn a great deal about Monitoring Agent Management by familiarizing yourself with the broader spectrum of terms that make up the Monitoring Agent Management Glossary...


Glossary: The "Monitoring Agent Management Glossary"

IT Glossary

Language between IT professionals and the businesses we serve is often a significant barrier to success, as we often spend countless hours trying to interpret each other's meanings. This is often also true between IT professionals who are taught to use certain terms and definitions as part of the organizations and industries they serve. It's when you start to jump from organization to organization, from enterprise to enterprise, and from industry to industry that you realize how much time and effort is wasted on just getting language and meanings correct. For these reasons, the Foundation puts a great deal of focus on terms and phrases, as well as their corresponding definitions. We highly recommend you spend time learning and understanding all of the related terms and phrases, along with their meanings, for all areas of "Monitoring Agent Management."

Monitoring Agent Management Glossary
Centralized Monitoring Agent Management Monitoring Agent Management Procedure
Decentralized Monitoring Agent Management Monitoring Agent Management Process
Enterprise Monitoring Agent Management Monitoring Agent Management Professional
Federated Monitoring Agent Management Monitoring Agent Management Program
Monitoring Agent Monitoring Agent Management Project
Monitoring Agent Automation Monitoring Agent Management Reference Architecture
Monitoring Agent Capacity Management Monitoring Agent Management Release
Monitoring Agent Catalog Monitoring Agent Management Report
Monitoring Agent Catalogue Monitoring Agent Management Reporting
Monitoring Agent Configuration Monitoring Agent Management Roadmap
Monitoring Agent Configuration Item Monitoring Agent Management Role
Monitoring Agent Configuration Management Monitoring Agent Management Rule
Monitoring Agent Cost Monitoring Agent Management Schedule
Monitoring Agent Data Entity Monitoring Agent Management Security
Monitoring Agent Database Monitoring Agent Management Service
Monitoring Agent Decommission Monitoring Agent Management Service Assurance
Monitoring Agent Delivery Monitoring Agent Management Service Contract
Monitoring Agent Dependency Monitoring Agent Management Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Monitoring Agent Deployment Monitoring Agent Management Service Level Objective (SLO)
Monitoring Agent Document Monitoring Agent Management Service Level Requirement (SLR)
Monitoring Agent Document Management Monitoring Agent Management Service Level Target (SLT)
Monitoring Agent File Plan Monitoring Agent Management Service Provider
Monitoring Agent Framework Monitoring Agent Management Service Request
Monitoring Agent Governance Monitoring Agent Management Software
Monitoring Agent History Monitoring Agent Management Solution
Monitoring Agent Identifier Monitoring Agent Management Stakeholder
Monitoring Agent Inventory Monitoring Agent Management Standard
Monitoring Agent Item Monitoring Agent Management Strategy
Monitoring Agent Lifecycle Monitoring Agent Management Supply
Monitoring Agent Lifecycle Management Monitoring Agent Management Support
Monitoring Agent Management Monitoring Agent Management System
Monitoring Agent Management Application Monitoring Agent Management Theory
Monitoring Agent Management Best Practice Monitoring Agent Management Training
Monitoring Agent Management Blog Monitoring Agent Management Vision
Monitoring Agent Management Capability Monitoring Agent Management Wiki
Monitoring Agent Management Center of Excellence Monitoring Agent Management Workflow
Monitoring Agent Management Certification Monitoring Agent Metadata
Monitoring Agent Management Class Monitoring Agent Migration
Monitoring Agent Management Community of Practice (CoP) Monitoring Agent Plan
Monitoring Agent Management Course Monitoring Agent Portfolio
Monitoring Agent Management Data Monitoring Agent Portfolio Management
Monitoring Agent Management Data Dictionary Monitoring Agent Processing
Monitoring Agent Management Database Monitoring Agent Record
Monitoring Agent Management Demand Monitoring Agent Records Management
Monitoring Agent Management Dependency Monitoring Agent Repository
Monitoring Agent Management Discussion Forum Monitoring Agent Reuse
Monitoring Agent Management Document Monitoring Agent Review
Monitoring Agent Management Documentation Monitoring Agent Schedule
Monitoring Agent Management File Plan Monitoring Agent Schematic (Schema)
Monitoring Agent Management Form Monitoring Agent Security
Monitoring Agent Management Framework Monitoring Agent Software
Monitoring Agent Management Governance Monitoring Agent Strategy
Monitoring Agent Management Knowledge Monitoring Agent Support
Monitoring Agent Management Lessons Learned Monitoring Agent Taxonomy
Monitoring Agent Management Metric Monitoring Agent Termination
Monitoring Agent Management Operating Model Monitoring Agent Tracking
Monitoring Agent Management Organization Monitoring Agent Tracking Software
Monitoring Agent Management Plan Monitoring Agent Transaction
Monitoring Agent Management Platform Monitoring Agent Unique Identifier
Monitoring Agent Management Policy Monitoring Agent Verification
Monitoring Agent Management Portfolio Monitoring Agent Version
Monitoring Agent Management Principle Monitoring Agent Workflow
Monitoring Agent Management Procedure Regional Monitoring Agent Management

Please refer to the IT Glossary for other terms and phrases that may be relevant to this professional discipline.

Readers may also refer to the Taxonomy of Glossaries for terms and phrases that are semantically grouped according to IT Disciplines or enterprise domains.

This Monitoring Agent Management Glossary is a contextual subset of the master IF4IT Glossary of Terms and Phrases. The master glossary can be used by you and your enterprise as a foundation for broader understanding of Information Technology and can be used as a teaching and learning tool for those you work with, helping to ensure a common and more standard language.


Capabilities: Monitoring Agent Management as an Enterprise Capability

A Capability, as it pertains to Information Technology (IT) or to an enterprise that an IT Organization serves, is defined to be "A manageable feature, faculty, function, process, service or discipline that represents an ability to perform something which yields an expected set of results and is capable of further advancement or development. In other words, a Capability is nothing more than "the ability to do something" or, quite simply, a Feature or Function. Therefore, when applied to an enterprise, a Capability represents a critical Enterprise Feature or Enterprise Function.

When it comes to Capabilities, there are multiple types that an enterprise needs to be aware of. Examples include but are not limited to:

As can be seen above, there are Capabilities that are associated with Resources, Organizations, and Assets such as Systems. All are important to an enterprise.

In the case of this IT Discipline (i.e. Monitoring Agent Management), we use the word Capability in the context of an Enterprise Capability or an IT Capability, which are both equivalent to Enterprise Disciplines or IT Disciplines, respectively. In short, the Capability of Monitoring Agent Management represents the ability to deal with any and all Monitoring Agent Items and anything relevant that is related to or associated with any Monitoring Agent Items.

If you think about it, a capability is really nothing more than a "verb" or "action that represents "the ability to do something." Understanding this allows us to derive a consistent and highly repeatable set of sub-capabilities for any Noun we're dealing with. For example:

In summary, the implication is that the Enterprise Capability or Enterprise Discipline known as Monitoring Agent Management is the superset of all the above Sub-Capabilities, as they pertain to or are applied to the discipline-specific Noun: "Monitoring Agent." This now translates more specifically to:

For a more complete list of very specific Capabilities/Disciplines, refer to the Foundation's Master Inventory of IT Disciplines. It is important to note that this inventory is in a flat or non-hierarchical form, specifically because "hierarchy" is almost always a matter of personal preference or context (what hierarchy is important to one Resource or Organization may be unimportant to another's needs or requirements). Therefore, the Foundation has published its inventory of Capabilities in a non-hierarchical, flat form.

This now brings us to a very obvious problem that surrounds Capabilities, which is the fact that there are simply too many "granular" or "specific" Capabilities to document and publish in any single Capability Model. The end result is that a Capability Model may become unwieldy because of trying to incorporate so many different specific Capabilities. Also, Capability Modeling "Purists," who all have their own (and very differing) opinions about how Capability Models should or should not be represented, almost always refuse to get into the details. To address this, we recommend using a generic set of Capabilities that map to and are driven by the Systems Development Life Cycle. For example:

As you can see from the above, we now have a very limited, controlled and manageable set of Discipline-specific Capabilities for the Discipline Monitoring Agent Management.

As a reminder, the above Capability representations are "suggestions" for baselining or initializing your own Enterprise Capability Model (ECM). It's recommended that you take the time to work with your enterprise stakeholders to improve upon and/or customize your own ECM so that you can help meet their needs. However, with that being said, it's always a better idea to go in with a baseline that you can modify rather than building your own solution from scratch, especially if your goals are to standardize, not reinvent the wheel, and not deviate too far from what other enterprises are doing to model their own environments. This is especially true if you've never had any experience building ECMs that have gained and maintained full adoption.

Why do enterprises perform Capability Modeling? Enterprises most often build Capability Models that are associated with Monitoring Agent Management for the following reasons...

Capability Modeling Recommendations: Some things to consider and keep in mind when working on or creating your Monitoring Agent Management and Enterprise Capability Models...

Learn More About Capability Models: Taking the time to learn about and understand Capability Models, what they're for, and how they're used may help you learn how Monitoring Agent Management better fits into the broader enterprise. Therefore, we suggest you spend some time reviewing and understanding the IF4IT Enterprise Capability Model...

Enterprise Capability Model

Ownership: Clearly Defined Monitoring Agent Management Ownership is Critical for Success

IT Discipline Ownership

Here's a very simple fact... If an enterprise does not establish and enforce clearly defined Ownership (i.e. a Resources and his or her Organization are assigned as accountable ownership) for Monitoring Agent Management, the enterprise has automatically set itself up for failure in its implementation of that discipline. Therefore, if you and your enterprise want to implement and maintain a successful solution for Monitoring Agent Management, there must be a clearly defined Owner that can and will be held accountable for getting work done, providing transparency, helping with strategy setting, and coordinating implementation of Monitoring Agent Management as a fully functional and mature enterprise Service.

Having clearly defined Ownership should not be confused with having fully dedicated Resources that spend one hundred percent of their time working on Monitoring Agent Management. In fact, smaller enterprises can rarely afford to dedicate full time Resources, like larger enterprises can, to all enterprise IT Disciplines. This being the case, all IT Disciplines, including Monitoring Agent Management, should "always" have clearly defined Owners so that there is always a clear point of accountability and contact for any issues or work that need to be addressed.

In addition to the common best practice of having clearly assigned Ownership for Monitoring Agent Management, it is also considered a best practice to clearly publish and socialize Monitoring Agent Management Ownership details to a centralized location (often referred to as a "Service Catalog" or an "Enterprise Service Catalog"), along with Ownership details for all other IT Disciplines, so that the entire enterprise has constant access to it.

Canonical Ownership of an Enterprise Capability

Figure: How Ownership of the Capability Monitoring Agent Management fits into the Canonical Model for IT

The above figure helps us understand how Capability or Discipline Ownership fits into the Canonical Model for Information Technology (IT) (i.e. "Think," "Deliver," and "Operate"). Owners are assigned to individual Disciplines or Capabilities, such as Monitoring Agent Management, and are instantly made accountable to the enterprise for the results of all Monitoring Agent Management Thinking activities (i.e. Strategy, Research, Planning and Design), all Monitoring Agent Management Delivery activities (i.e. Construction, Deployment and Quality Assurance), and all Monitoring Agent Management Operations activities (i.e. Use, Maintenance and Support). Done correctly, Monitoring Agent Management Ownership is constant and ongoing. It's important to understand that such assigned Ownership should "never" end so that there is clear and constant accountability and transparency for all aspects of the Canonical Model to the enterprise.

Not having clear Ownership for Monitoring Agent Management means that there is no clear understanding of who is accountable for it, who can provide understanding of what's going on within it, who can help the enterprise provide short term and long term descriptions of work being performed within the Discipline area to improve it over time for its customers, and who can help with getting work done that's associated with it. It means your or your enterprise's implementation for Monitoring Agent Management will be highly incomplete and erratic because no one is constantly (or even partially) watching over the Discipline and its needs for maintenance and evolution. Not having clear Monitoring Agent Management Ownership is a recipe for confusion and, sometimes, even chaos.

In summary, if you and your enterprise truly want to be successful with your implementation of Monitoring Agent Management, ensure that a clear and highly accountable owner is identified and assigned to the Discipline. Publish those ownership details, preferably in an enterprise's Service Catalog, and socialize it so everyone knows whom to go to for answers and for help with Monitoring Agent Management related work. In other words, if you want to implement Monitoring Agent Management as an enterprise Service, then you absolutely must start with clearly defined, published and socialized Ownership.


Verbs and Actions: Understanding Why Verbs and Actions are Important to Monitoring Agent Management

Throughout the Foundation's documentation, you will continuously run into the references of "Nouns and Verbs." These concepts are key to consistency and standardization, throughout the IT Industry, down to each and every IT Discipline. Given that we've discussed the impact of "Nouns" on the discipline of "Monitoring Agent Management," this section will start to discuss the importance of "Verbs" or "Actions" that can be performed with or against the key Noun or Nouns associated with this Discipline. To reiterate, Verbs or Actions allow us to clearly understand what can be performed on or with the Noun in question. As will be discussed in the next section, Verbs or Actions will also help us clearly identify whom it is (i.e. the "who" or more specifically the Roles) that performs or executes such Verbs or Actions against a Discipline and its associated Noun or Nouns. As will be discussed later, Verbs or Actions will also help identify key Attributes (i.e. Field Names) that are necessary for the very data definition of the Noun or Nouns for this Discipline and will even help identify which Verbs or Actions can be automated for this Discipline.

As a reminder, the base Noun for the discipline known as Monitoring Agent Management is: "Monitoring Agent," which is sometimes referred to as a the Noun: "Monitoring Agent Item."

By now, it should be becoming apparent that verbs represent a baseline for defining solid functional requirements and sub-capabilities for what would be a part of any good Monitoring Agent Management System or Service. What this means is that if you and/or your Organization is looking for a solution in this space (e.g. the purchasing or building of a software solution or the implementation of a Service to address the needs of Monitoring Agent Management), you could use discipline-related verbs to drive the foundation of what the solution should or shouldn't do, as mapped to specific stakeholders that will use or provide the solution.

Examples of the types of Verbs or Actions that are important to this Discipline include but are not limited to:

The above list represents a very small subset of all Verbs or Actions that are relevant for this Discipline. The more complete set can be found in the Roles section of this document, where readers can see the direct correlation of Verb to Noun and to, both, Generic Role and Discipline Specific Role.


Roles: Key Verb and Action Driven Roles For Monitoring Agent Management

An "action" or a "verb" is something that can be performed on or with a specific "noun." The reason it is important to itemize all relevant verbs is because we can now start to determine what we can or cannot do with the noun in question, where in this case the noun is "Monitoring Agent."

Actions/Verbs Example as Applied to "Monitoring Agent" Generic Roles Discipline-Specific Roles
Administrate Administrate Monitoring Agent Administrator Monitoring Agent Administrator
Approve Approve Monitoring Agent Approver Monitoring Agent Approver
Architect Architect Monitoring Agent Architector Monitoring Agent Architector
Archive Archive Monitoring Agent Archiver Monitoring Agent Archiver
Audit Audit Monitoring Agent Auditor Monitoring Agent Auditor
Bundle Bundle Monitoring Agent Bundler Monitoring Agent Bundler
Clone Clone Monitoring Agent Cloner Monitoring Agent Cloner
Code Code Monitoring Agent Coder Monitoring Agent Coder
Configure Configure Monitoring Agent Configurer Monitoring Agent Configurer
Copy Copy Monitoring Agent Copier Monitoring Agent Copier
Create Create Monitoring Agent Creator Monitoring Agent Creator
Decommission Decommission Monitoring Agent Decommissioner Monitoring Agent Decommissioner
Delete Delete Monitoring Agent Deletor Monitoring Agent Deletor
Deploy Deploy Monitoring Agent Deployer Monitoring Agent Deployer
Deprecate Deprecate Monitoring Agent Deprecator Monitoring Agent Deprecator
Design Design Monitoring Agent Designer Monitoring Agent Designer
Destroy Destroy Monitoring Agent Destroyer Monitoring Agent Destroyer
Develop Develop Monitoring Agent Developer Monitoring Agent Developer
Distribute Distribute Monitoring Agent Distributor Monitoring Agent Distributor
Download Download Monitoring Agent Downloader Monitoring Agent Downloader
Edit Edit Monitoring Agent Editor Monitoring Agent Editor
Educate Educate Monitoring Agent Educator Monitoring Agent Educator
Export Export Monitoring Agent Exporter Monitoring Agent Exporter
Govern Govern Monitoring Agent Governor Monitoring Agent Governor
Import Import Monitoring Agent Importer Monitoring Agent Importer
Initialize Initialize Monitoring Agent Initializer Monitoring Agent Initializer
Install Install Monitoring Agent Installer Monitoring Agent Installer
Instantiate Instantiate Monitoring Agent Instantiator Monitoring Agent Instantiator
Integrate Integrate Monitoring Agent Integrator Monitoring Agent Integrator
Manage Manage Monitoring Agent Manager Monitoring Agent Manager
Merge Merge Monitoring Agent Merger Monitoring Agent Merger
Modify Modify Monitoring Agent Modifier Monitoring Agent Modifier
Move Move Monitoring Agent Mover Monitoring Agent Mover
Own Own Monitoring Agent Owner Monitoring Agent Owner
Package Package Monitoring Agent Packager Monitoring Agent Packager
Persist Persist Monitoring Agent Persister Monitoring Agent Persister
Plan Plan Monitoring Agent Planner Monitoring Agent Planner
Purge Purge Monitoring Agent Purger Monitoring Agent Purger
Receive Receive Monitoring Agent Receiver Monitoring Agent Receiver
Record Record Monitoring Agent Recorder Monitoring Agent Recorder
Recover Recover Monitoring Agent Recoverer Monitoring Agent Recoverer
Register Register Monitoring Agent Registrar Monitoring Agent Registrar
Relocate Relocate Monitoring Agent Relocator Monitoring Agent Relocator
Reject Reject Monitoring Agent Rejecter Monitoring Agent Rejecter
Remove Remove Monitoring Agent Remover Monitoring Agent Remover
Replicate Replicate Monitoring Agent Replicator Monitoring Agent Replicator
Report Report Monitoring Agent Reporter Monitoring Agent Reporter
Request Request Monitoring Agent Requestor Monitoring Agent Requestor
Restore Restore Monitoring Agent Restorer Monitoring Agent Restorer
Review Review Monitoring Agent Reviewer Monitoring Agent Reviewer
Save Save Monitoring Agent Saver Monitoring Agent Saver
Search Search Monitoring Agent Searcher Monitoring Agent Searcher
Split Split Monitoring Agent Splitter Monitoring Agent Splitter
Sponsor Sponsor Monitoring Agent Sponsor Monitoring Agent Sponsor
Store Store Monitoring Agent Storer Monitoring Agent Storer
Strategize Strategize Monitoring Agent (or Set Monitoring Agent Strategy) Strategizer (or Strategy Setter) Monitoring Agent Strategizer (or Monitoring Agent Strategy Setter)
Support Support Monitoring Agent Supporter Monitoring Agent Supporter
Test Test Monitoring Agent Tester Monitoring Agent Tester
Train Train Monitoring Agent Trainer Monitoring Agent Trainer
Upgrade Upgrade Monitoring Agent Upgrader Monitoring Agent Upgrader
Upload Upload Monitoring Agent Uploader Monitoring Agent Uploader
Verify Verify Monitoring Agent Verifier Monitoring Agent Verifier
Version Version Monitoring Agent Versioner Monitoring Agent Versioner
View View Monitoring Agent Viewer Monitoring Agent Viewer

At a minimum, the above list of Verbs can be used to help identify, track, and manage the basic "Features" required by and associated with Monitoring Agent Management, even if your enterprise doesn't maintain a Capability Model that lists specific Monitoring Agent Management Capabilities. Application designers, developers, and architects often find such Verb Lists or Feature Inventories to be invaluable.


Taxonomy: Understanding Monitoring Agent Management Classifications or Categorizations

IF4IT Taxonomies

A Taxonomy, in its noun form, is defined as:

...a documented and orderly set of types, classifications, categorizations and/or principles that are often achieved through mechanisms including but not limited to naming, defining and/or the grouping of attributes, and which ultimately help to describe, differentiate, identify, arrange and provide contextual relationships between the entities for which the Taxonomy exists.

From this general definition, we can derive that the definition for a Monitoring Agent Management Taxonomy is:

...a documented and orderly set of types, classifications, categorizations and/or principles that are often achieved through mechanisms including but not limited to naming, defining and/or the grouping of attributes, and which ultimately help to describe, differentiate, identify, arrange and provide contextual relationships between Monitoring Agent Items, Entities or Types.

In short, what this means all means is that a Taxonomy is nothing more than a classification or typing mechanism and that a Monitoring Agent Taxonomy is nothing more than a classification or typing mechanism that helps people and systems distinguish between different Monitoring Agent Items, Entities, Types, Records or any other Monitoring Agent Management element you can think of.

It's important to understand that Taxonomies can be as simple as a list of relevant terms or phrases with respective meanings or definitions or they can take on more complex forms, such as hierarchical and graphical model structures that can be homogeneous and heterogeneous in nature. More complex Taxonomies include examples such as "Visual Taxonomies" and "Audible Taxonomies" but, expect in the case of very special technologies, are typically out of scope for general Information Technology (IT) Operations.

The Foundation directs readers to its ever-evolving Inventory of Taxonomies for Standard Taxonomy suggestions. Specifically, readers may want to start with the Taxonomy of Taxonomies, which helps make it clear that the IT Industry is composed of many hundreds if not thousands of Taxonomies, Classifications, Categorizations or Types.


Ontology: Monitoring Agent Management Ontology as a Means for Lanagugae Standardization

While Taxonomies represent organized classifications or types, you can think of Ontologies as the design and representation of entire lanaguages, with the specific intent to control things like structure, behavior, representation, and meaning. Without getting into a theoretical conversations about Ontologies, you can view this entire article as a foundation for the ontology of Monitoring Agent Management. Or, in other words, a Monitoring Agent Management Ontology.

Throughout this artifact/framework, you will find things like Monitoring Agent Management related terms, phrases, definitions, roles, responsibilities, nouns, verbs, classifications, and so on, all as a means of definining a standard representation for and interpretation of the language of Monitoring Agent Management.

It is only through the definition, communication, and establishment of such Ontologies that we can standardize language and communication associated with Monitoring Agent Management, whether it be between humans and/or systems.


Life Cycle (Lifecycle): Lifecycle Phases for Monitoring Agent Management

When we talk about Life Cycle (or lifecycle) for Monitoring Agent Management, it's important to keep in mind that there are two different types of Life Cycles that apply. The first is a Data Life Cycle, which addresses Monitoring Agent Management data or entities, and the second is associated with delivering Monitoring Agent Management Assets like Systems or Software solutions.

Monitoring Agent Management Data Life Cycle Phases:

Data Lifecycle (or Life Cycle) for any and all data is the period from the "inception" of data through to its ultimately being "purged" from existence. This is no different for Monitoring Agent Management related data.

Like the data associated with any other professional IT Discipline, Monitoring Agent Management related data adheres to the following common Data Lifecycle Phases:

Data Lifecycle Phases

Figure: Monitoring Agent Management Lifecycle Phases

  1. Inception: Data is in it's raw idea-like form and is not ready for consumption by the general population because it has not been documented or registered, anywhere, in a formal manner.
  2. Creation and Registration: Data is formally put into existence for day-to-day use by appropriate stakeholders.
  3. Iterative Maintenance: Data is in a mode of constant use and is updated and modified, as needed, to meet the needs of daily use by various stakeholders.
  4. Decommission and Deletion: Data is prepared for deletion and eventually deleted from daily operational use but still exists for administrative or organizational purposes, such as historical auditing. It can be restored to any one of its relevant last states and, therefore, can be brought back into existence for day-to-day use.
  5. Purged From Existence: Data is completely removed from an environment with no means to restore or reconstruct it, without recreating it from scratch and with no guarantees that it will match it's previous state.

The above Life Cycle Phases represent the high level transitions that occur from the inception of Monitoring Agent Items or Entities all the way through to their complete elimination from existence. A more detailed breakdown of these transitions or phases represents what are referred to as "Monitoring Agent Management States."

Monitoring Agent Management Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Phases or Monitoring Agent Management Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Phases:

The SDLC is a means for facilitating and controlling how IT Professionals deliver Assets, such as Monitoring Agent Management Systems and Software. In this case, you should default to the master SDLC, which is used to deliver any Asset of any type, including those associated with the Monitoring Agent Management discipline.

Monitoring Agent Management SDLC Diagram

Inventories: Monitoring Agent Management Inventories

There are probably no greater or more important tools for providing Monitoring Agent Management transparency and direction than the collection, ordering, categorizing, grouping, and maintenance of all related Monitoring Agent Items. In other words, Monitoring Agent Management Inventories.

In short, an Inventory represents a list of individual things or instances of things that are typically all of the same Noun Type or Data Type, where these instances are described and detailed by their Attributes, along with the Data and Information that act as values for such Attributes.

At a minimum, Monitoring Agent Management Inventories are used for the establishment of solid Monitoring Agent Configuration Management practices, as the Monitoring Agent Instances tracked within such Monitoring Agent Inventories act as Configuration Items (in Target and/or Dependency form) for key Configurations (Monitoring Agent Management Configurations or otherwise).

Inventories are also used for solid decision making. Good decisions, either strategic or tactical, are made based on having good Data and Information. And, good Data and Information only come from taking the time to follow best practices associated with Inventory Management. It's only through building such Inventories that an enterprise can achieve solid Monitoring Agent Management Business Intelligence and Reporting.

Also, it's these very same Inventories that act as the foundation for understanding and managing Total Cost of Ownership (a.k.a. "TCO") for Monitoring Agent Management. Without such Inventories, trying to understand your costs can be nothing more than uneducated guessing.

The obvious place to start is with Monitoring Agent Inventories and then move on to surrounding Inventories that are directly and indirectly related to Monitoring Agent Management.

Additionally, there are many other types of Inventories that are common and important to Monitoring Agent Management, which include but are not limited to examples such as:

  1. People and Organizations related to Monitoring Agent Management
  2. Roles, Responsibilities, and Skills related to Monitoring Agent Management
  3. Products and Services related to Monitoring Agent Management
  4. Capabilities related to Monitoring Agent Management
  5. Contracts, Agreements, and Licenses related to Monitoring Agent Management
  6. Processes related to Monitoring Agent Management
  7. Tools and Technologies (e.g. Systems/Applications/Software/Computers) related to Monitoring Agent Management
  8. Data Types and Instances related to Monitoring Agent Management
  9. Data Interfaces related to Monitoring Agent Management
  10. Environments related to Monitoring Agent Management
  11. Facilities and Locations related to Monitoring Agent Management

If you and/or your enterprise are not collecting and maintaining such Inventories, you're probably considered to be very low on the efficiency and effectiveness maturity scale.

It's important to keep in mind that collecting and managing Monitoring Agent Management Inventories is something that should be performed across all phases of Monitoring Agent Management Lifecycle and across all Environments (i.e. Monitoring Agent Management Environments). Both are considered to be very important Best Practices. For example, you and/or your enterprise cannot get a complete understanding of Monitoring Agent Management costs or impacts without knowing all related Inventory Items in all environments. And, tracking across all lifecycle phases gives a temporal perspective that is important for things like problem analysis, historical reporting, and the reconstruction of state (i.e. Configuration Management).

NOTE: Monitoring Agent Management Inventories are also important for other enterprise functions, such as Architecture and Design. Such Inventories represent the foundation for understanding an enterprise's Current State and are critical for planning Future State and any related strategies, roadmaps, and transition plans for facilititating change.


Environments: Monitoring Agent Management Environments

Building environments that are specific to and for the discipline known as Monitoring Agent Management is no different than doing so for any other discipline area. The reader should, therefore, refer to the IT Environment Framework to understand such environments.

IT Environment Framework for Monitoring Agent Management

Metrics: Monitoring Agent Management Metrics

As with any professional Discipline, the place to start with when dealing with Monitoring Agent Management specific metrics is with standard metrics categorizations. Standard Metrics Categorizations, or what are commonly referred to as "SMCs," include but are not limited to...

Monitoring Agent Management Quantitative Metrics: Quantitative metrics for Monitoring Agent Management often revolve around the "counting" of key constructs that are associated with the Discipline. For example, the number of Monitoring Agent Items or Entities that have been Created, Edited or Modified, Copied or Cloned, Destroyed, Archived, Restored, etc. (Note the correlations to key Monitoring Agent Management Verbs!). Also, the counts for things like the number of Monitoring Agent Management Stakeholders, such as but not limited to Paying Customers, End Users, Employees, Consultants, etc. are also very useful.

Monitoring Agent Management Qualitative Metrics: Qualitative metrics for Monitoring Agent Management often revolve around concepts such as Monitoring Agent Management Defects, Failures, Problems, Incidents, and/or Issues. So, for example, if we were to capture the number of Monitoring Agent Management Defects (i.e. their counts) over time, we could do things like see if Defect quantities are going up or down, over time, allowing us to explore that area for things like correlating Causes and Effects.

Monitoring Agent Management Time Metrics: When dealing with Monitoring Agent Management Time Metrics, there are usually two forms. The first was introduced in the previous paragraph, which has to do with capturing and measuring things like Quantitative or Qualitative Metrics, over time. In this case, we capture other metric categories, over time, with the intent to see how they change and perform, based on modifications to the Monitoring Agent Management Operating Environment. The second form of Time related metrics has to do with system or operational performance, such as in the case of how long it takes to process a Monitoring Agent Management Request, from the time it is created to the time the Requester gets a satisfactory deliverable that allows him or her to move on with his or her work.

Monitoring Agent Management Utilization Metrics: Utilization Metrics specifically have to do with the consumption of Monitoring Agent Management specific solutions or deliverables. For example, tracking the number of Monitoring Agent Management Service Requests, over periods of time, along with their corresponding Monitoring Agent Management Deliverables, allows one to measure how active Monitoring Agent Management Services are against other Services that may exist within the Enterprise.

Monitoring Agent Management Financial Metrics: As is always the case for any single Discipline, Financial Metrics for Monitoring Agent Management always revolve around things like revenue, expenses, and profits, both, for operators of the Service or Services and for consumers of the Service or Services. For example, if a Monitoring Agent Management Request is invoked by a Monitoring Agent Management Customer (acting as the "Requester"), it becomes important to be able to identify and understand what the cost is to that Customer who is invoking the Request, and it also becomes important to understand why that cost is what it is. In the case of Services that do not yield revenue or profits, measuring costs is a strong way to, at very least, help understand the costs associated with each Service being performed by, within, external to, and for the Enterprise and its Customers.

Note: It's important to understand that, when it comes to metrics, enterprises should take a "Crawl," "Walk," "Run" approach to collecting, working with, and understanding them. That is, you cannot get to complex metrics collection, dissection, analysis, and understanding until you start with basic metrics and slowly work your way to more complex metrics representations.


Services: Monitoring Agent Management as a Set of Services (a.k.a. Monitoring Agent Management Services)

One of the most important concepts you will learn about Monitoring Agent Management (or any Discipline, for that matter) is the notion of implementing the Discipline as an accountable, planned, controlled, transparent, and managed "Service."

In short, Services represent a logically "bounded" and repeatable sets of work types, activities or tasks that are performed by humans and/or machines, with the specific intent to provide outputs or deliverables, in the form of solutions for the requesting Stakeholders who are commonly considered the customers of such Services. In other words, we perform and/or provide a Service to deliver very specific solutions to very specific Stakeholders who are looking for a means to solve a certain problem they have.

A Monitoring Agent Management Service is defined as:

"1. A set of solutions, either transactional (i.e. Transactional Monitoring Agent Management Services) or dial-tone (i.e. Dial-Tone Monitoring Agent Management Services), that are being or have been put in place to yield an intended, controlled, expected, repeatable and measurable set of results or deliverables for Monitoring Agent Management specific Customers, Consumers or Clients.

NOTE: Monitoring Agent Management Service Consumers or Clients can be either Human Resources or Systems."

All Services, including Monitoring Agent Management Services, can be performed manually (i.e. by people), automatically (i.e. by machines such as Computers), or by a combination of the two (i.e. a hybrid that is both manually and automated).

Also, all Services, including Monitoring Agent Management Services, can be either transactional or dial tone, in nature.

In the case of Transactional Services for Monitoring Agent Management, a Service Request is submitted and that Request is fulfilled as part of a process that is either manual, automated, or a hybrid of both (e.g. a Service to perform maintainance on your Monitoring Agent Management System).

In the case of Dial Tone Services for Monitoring Agent Management, a Service is expected to be up, running, available, and accessible to an End User so that he/she/it may perform some controlled and highly repeatable function (e.g. a "Monitoring Agent Management System" that is up and running all the time).

Monitoring Agent Management Service Components: The successful implementation of Monitoring Agent Management as a set of Services for your enterprise usually implies that a number of key components have been established to support it. These components are:

  1. A clearly documented and socialized Monitoring Agent Management Service Owner that is held accountable for Service performance, quality, and cost.
  2. A clearly documented and socialized Monitoring Agent Management Service Provider, Organization or Group who is performing the Service or work.
  3. A clearly documented and socialized inventory of all Monitoring Agent Management Service Inputs, including Monitoring Agent Management Service Requests and any artifacts necessary to support such Requests so that consumers of the Service know how to engage and request or take advantage of them.
  4. For every Monitoring Agent Management Service Input, a clearly documented and socialized inventory of Monitoring Agent Management Service Outputs, making it clear to consumers what they can expect to receive as a result of a successful Service Request.
  5. For every Monitoring Agent Management Service Input, a clearly documented and socialized inventory of the work being performed by the Service Provider to achieve such Outputs or Deliverables.
  6. For every Monitoring Agent Management Service Input, a clearly documented and socialized inventory Service Level Agreements (e.g. Service Availability, Service Duration, Service Guarantees, etc.) that can be used to set expectations and measure actuals against for said Service Outputs.
  7. Clearly specified Monitoring Agent Management Service Costs that help set expectations for Service Requesters (i.e. the cost of a request) and that provide clear transparency to the organizations that fund and sponsor such Services (i.e. the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) your Service(s).
  8. Monitoring Agent Management Service Request Patterns (Estimation Creation, Modification, Decommission, Support/Incidents, Complaints, etc.) in order to create intuitive and repeatable user experiences across different Service Types.
  9. Clearly understand what Monitoring Agent Management Service Resources are required, human or otherwise, to create and deliver your Monitoring Agent Management Service Deliverables, in a repeatable, cost-efficient, timely, and high quality manner.
  10. For every Monitoring Agent Management Service Request, understand the chargeback mechanism, in order to recoup your Service Costs.
  11. For every Monitoring Agent Management Service, it's important to understand the skills that are required, will need to be developed, and will need to be maintained by Service Resources, in order to deliver each Service Deliverable.
  12. It's important to understand who your Monitoring Agent Management Service Stakeholders are, this includes but is not limited to your Customers, Consumers, Clients, Sponsers, etc. are, as well as the types of problems it is that they're trying to solve or interests that they will have in your Services.

Monitoring Agent Management Ownership: The most important thing to understand about a Monitoring Agent Management Service is that, in order for such a Service to be successful, there must be a clear and accountable Owner for it. That is, there needs to be a very clear and accountable named person or organization that owns and is fully responsible for the Service, all of its sub-Services and, most importantly, all of the Service's "Outcomes." Without clear ownership, Services are almost never successful. And, for those few occasions where Services are successful without clear ownership, you can assume that they're successful because the people working in those Service areas are acting as heroes, or... the those Services are just plain lucky (that kind of luck doesn't last for long).

Monitoring Agent Management Service Inputs: There are typically two types of inputs to any Monitoring Agent Management Service. The first is what is known as a "Monitoring Agent Management Service Request" and the second really represents any and all supporting artifacts that are necessary to support such requests, including but not limited to Data and Information in the form of Documents, either electronic or paper in form. Many would argue that the "money" to pay for the Service execution of the Request would be the third but, for now, we will assume that payment is controlled through the Data and Information provided to the Service Operators, in support of the Request.

Monitoring Agent Management Service Outputs: The outputs of any Service are often referred to as the Service's Deliverables. Therefore, the readers should be aware that the terms "Monitoring Agent Management Outputs" and "Monitoring Agent Management Deliverables" are synonymous and interchangeable. All work performed in any enterprise is, by default, a Service that is being performed for someone else and, therefore, all work or Services yield results. These results are the Service's Outputs or Deliverables and a good Service ensures that such Outputs are appropriately documented to the consumers of said Service. This means that for any given Monitoring Agent Management Service Request Type or Category there will be one or more clearly defined and documented Outputs or Deliverables, making it clear to the consumer what he, she, or they will get in response to their Request. This can be as simple as an answer to a question or as complex as the Merger of two enterprises.

Monitoring Agent Management Service Levels: Service Levels represent "performance agreements," contractual or otherwise, that dictate how well a Monitoring Agent Management Service should perform, most often keeping the Customers, Consumers, Clients or End Users of the Service in mind. Monitoring Agent Management Service Levels can come in many forms and are often worked out by the Customers paying for the Services and the Service Providers who sell or provide the Services. In many cases, Service Levels are also self-imposed by the Service Providers performing the Services as a means to set expectations for Service Customers. In short, Monitoring Agent Management Service Levels are constraints, limitations, and/or expectations that are tied directly to Monitoring Agent Management Service Deliverables. They represent measures for things like quality, efficiency, and cost against said Deliverables or Outputs that allow the consumer of such Services to measure what they actually get against what they expected to get.


Service Paradigms: Centralized Monitoring Agent Management vs. Federated Monitoring Agent Management

Assuming an enterprise pursues the establishment of Monitoring Agent Management as a set of controlled Services, there are three common paradigms for doing so. These include:

  1. A "Centralized Monitoring Agent Management" implementation paradigm
  2. A "Federated Monitoring Agent Management" implementation paradigm
  3. A "Hybrid Monitoring Agent Management" implementation paradigm

Centralized Monitoring Agent Management is defined as:

"1. The term or phrase that implies establishing and/or practicing the Discipline known as Monitoring Agent Management as a concentric and singular set of organizations and services, usually in order to serve an entire enterprise, regardless of geographic location, further implying full centralization and no federation of any and all Monitoring Agent Management associated Work, Activities, Actions, Tasks, Capabilities and/or Services."

Federated Monitoring Agent Management, which is also referred to as Decentralized Monitoring Agent Management, is defined as:

"1. The term or phrase that implies establishing and/or practicing the Discipline known as Monitoring Agent Management in multiple pockets, communities, or organizations, further implying no centralization in the implementation and execution of Monitoring Agent Management associated Work, Activities, Actions, Tasks, Capabilities and/or Services."

There are clear tradeoffs to each of the two models. For example, in a Centralized paradigm, it's normally easier to coordinate work and provide broad coverage, across many areas of the enterprise and relevant stakeholders. However, it becomes far more difficult for a centralized organization to properly fund and staff resources and services in order to perform all required work across all stakeholders, in a much larger enterprise.

It's also important to note that a third paradigm also exists as an option. This is known as a Hybrid Monitoring Agent Management paradigm or model. In this case, there is a centralized Monitoring Agent Management organization that is often responsible for things like centralized governance, command, control, and communications, while federated staff and services deal with localized forms of Monitoring Agent Management. In this type of paradigm, federated staff and services usually report direclty into their local management but may have matrix reporting or responsibilities into the Centralized Monitoring Agent Management organization.


Principles & Best Practices: Common Principles and Best Practices for Monitoring Agent Management

A "Principle" is defined as being: "A professed assumption, basis, tenet, doctrine, plan of action or code of conduct for activities, work or behavior." Therefore, we can deduce the definition of "a Monitoring Agent Management Principle" to be:

Monitoring Agent Management Principle: "1. A professed assumption, basis, tenet, doctrine, plan of action or code of conduct for any activities, work or behavior associated with the Discipline known as Monitoring Agent Management."

A "Best Practice" is defined as being: "One or more Activities, Actions, Tasks or Functions that often do not conform with strict Standards and that have evolved, over time, to be considered as conventional wisdom for consistently and repeated achieving Outcomes or Results that can be measured as being equal to or above acceptable norms." Therefore, we can deduce the definition of "a Monitoring Agent Management Best Practice" to be:

Monitoring Agent Management Best Practice: "1. One or more Monitoring Agent Management related Activities, Actions, Tasks or Functions that often do not conform with strict standards and that have evolved, over time, to be considered as conventional wisdom for consistently and repeatedly achieving Outcomes or Results that can be measured as being equal to or above acceptable norms."

The plural form of this term would be "Monitoring Agent Management Best Practices."

Common Monitoring Agent Management related principles and best practices exist to help achieve higher than average expectations of quality and to ease in the implementation, support, operations, and future change associated with the solutions industry professionals put in place to address the needs of this Discipline and all its related stakeholders.

While this entire document is meant to represent and serve as a set of common principles and best practices for Monitoring Agent Management, the following list represents a summary of some very basic examples of what implementers, supporters, and operators of Monitoring Agent Management should constantly be working toward:

Principle or Best Practice Description
Establish and always have very clear Ownership for Monitoring Agent Management. Establishing, publishing and socializing clear Ownership for Monitoring Agent Management allows an enterprise and all its Resources, regardless of their geographic location, to assign accountability for all aspects of the Discipline. It also ensures that there's always at least one person that everyone can go to for transparency into the Discipline as well as for handling work that is associated with the Discipline.
Define, Collect, and Manage Relevant Monitoring Agent Management Inventories. As an IT professional, there are probably few things that are as important as knowing what is or is not in your portfolio, as well as understanding key traits about your portfolio. You cannot achieve this without the transparency provided by your inventories. Therefore, it is critical that you clearly define, collect, manage, and govern any and all relevant Monitoring Agent Management inventories. Lack of Monitoring Agent Management Inventories means no transparency, a chaotic and immature environment, and (even worse) the implication that you don't know how to do your job.
Always use standard terminology for Monitoring Agent Management, in order to standardize communications between stakeholders. It is often argued that the biggest mistake you can make is to create your own words and/or your own definitions, when communicating with others. There is no place where this is more accurate than in the field of Information Technology. IT Stakeholders make up their own words and definitions far too often, or let their business constituents do so. When you make up words or definitions, or you let others do so, you're creating a grave injustice for your organization. Self invented terminology and grammar often leads to poor communications, which in turn leads to redundancy of solutions, higher complexity of environments, slower delivery times, and much higher costs. Therefore, the IF4IT always recommends that you leverage standard terminology for Monitoring Agent Management, whenever possible.
Centralization of Monitoring Agent related data. While often impossible to centralize and collocate all Monitoring Agent related data and information, especially in a geographically dispersed environment, Monitoring Agent Management related stakeholders should always strive to centralize all data and information. The goals are to eliminate data fragmentation, improve source of truth for data, reduce the number of systems needed to support stakeholders, reduce the complexity of solutions, improve usability, and to ultimately reduce the costs associated with Monitoring Agent Management.
Clearly define, implement, track, and analyze Monitoring Agent Management Metrics. In order to successfully set up the discipline of Monitoring Agent Management and its related Services, it is critical to clearly define, track, and constantly analyze Monitoring Agent Management metrics. Such metrics include but are not limited to Supply and Demand Metrics (i.e. Operational Metrics), Performance Metrics, Quality Metrics, and Financial Metrics.
Transparency of Monitoring Agent related data. Stakeholders should always strive to make any and all Monitoring Agent Management data transparent to all other appropriate stakeholders, at a minimum, and often to the entire enterprises. The exception when private user data must be protected. Many stakeholders often make the mistake of treating internal operational data as private or protected. This often creates a data silo and will often lead to internally silo-ed organizations that revolve around such data silos.
Do not let "perfection" of Monitoring Agent Management solutions stand in the way of "good enough solutions". Often, Monitoring Agent Management stakeholders "overthink" solutions, leading to the impression that best-of-breed or perfect solutions are more effective than "good enough" solutions. Experience tells us that "good enough" is, almost always, the better path to follow. We live in an age where technologies grow old in the blink of an eye. Even the implementation of something that looks perfect, today, will look antiquated, tomorrow. This is especially true if your enterprise doesn't have a long term funding plan and commitment to improvements and upgrades of the solution(s) put in place.
Follow industry Standards, Best Practices, and Guiding Principles for Monitoring Agent Management, whenever possible". One of the most common errors many enterprises make is to create solutions from scratch or without the guidance, assistance and/or experience of others who have created such solutions, before them. Whenever possible, the IF4IT recommends that you research existing Standards, Best Practices, and Guiding Principles to avoid the mistakes of others, while also gaining from their successes. Remember, we live in a vast world. Chances are very high that someone else has already experienced the pain you're about to create for yourself. Wise people will always look to learn from such people's experiences before they go down the road of implementing their own solutions.
Work toward and maintain a Single Source of Truth (SSoT), whenever possible. While it may be impossible to truly maintain a Single Source of Truth (SSoT) for all data items at all times, especially in the case where the same data entity or instance enters an enterprise through unique data channels, it is an accepted, industry-wide best practice to always work toward such a goal.

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