Configuration Management Best Practices

Practical Methods that Work in the Real World

This two-day course introduces the technology professional to the principles, concepts, and hands-on best practices necessary to establish comprehensive configuration and release management functions.

Upcoming Classes

Dates
Mode
Location
Event
Venue
May 09May 10, 2017
May 09May 10, 2017
Virtual Classroom
Desktop
Anywhere
Description
  • Implement effective source code management practices including multiple variants
  • Automate application build, package and deployment
  • Establish effective IT controls that can support IT governance and compliance
  • Utilize industry standards (e.g. IEEE, ISO, EIA) and frameworks (e.g. Cobit, ITIL) to establish best practices
  • Create a configuration management function that continuously grows and improves

Based upon industry standards and frameworks this course introduces the technology professional to all of the principles, concepts and hands-on best practices necessary to establish comprehensive configuration and release management functions. Discussing both CM as it is practiced in product companies and IT organizations; Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs provide expert guidance on establishing configuration management best practices

Course Outline

Configuration Management Concepts
Configuration identification
Status accounting
Change control
Configuration auditing (physical and functional)

Source Code Management
Baselines
Sandboxes and workspaces
Variant management
Handling bugfixes
Streams
Merging
Changesets

Build Engineering
Versions IDs and branding executables
Automating the build
Build tools to choose from including Ant, Maven, Make and MS Build
Role of the build engineer
Continuous integration

Environment Configuration
Supporting code promotion
Implementing tokens
Practical use of CMDBs
Managing environments

Change Control
Types of change control
Rightsizing the change control process
The 29 minute change control meeting
Driving the process through change control

Release Management
Packaging the release
Ergonomics of release management
RM as coordination
Driving the RM process

Deployment
Staging the release
Deployment frameworks
Traceability
Architecting Your Application for CM
CM-driven development
How CM facilitates good development
Build engineering as a service
Hardware CM
Managing hardware configuration items
Hybrid hardware/software CM
Process Engineering (Rightsizing)
Agile/waterfall
Hybrid approaches
Agile process maturity
Establishing IT Governance
Establishing IT governance
Transparency
Improving the process
What You Need to Know About Compliance
Common compliance requirements
Establishing IT controls
Standards and Frameworks
What you need to know about standards and frameworks
CM Assessments
Evaluating the existing CM practices
Documenting “as-is” and “to-be”
Writing your CM best practices implementation plan

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Dates
Mode
Location
Event
Venue
May 09May 10, 2017
May 09May 10, 2017
Virtual Classroom
Desktop
Anywhere
Price: $599 USD Course Duration: 2 Days
Description
  • Implement effective source code management practices including multiple variants
  • Automate application build, package, and deployment
  • Establish effective IT controls that can support IT governance and compliance
  • Utilize industry standards (e.g. IEEE, ISO, EIA) and frameworks (e.g. Cobit, ITIL) to establish best practices
  • Create a configuration management function that continuously grows and improves

Based upon industry standards and frameworks this course introduces the technology professional to all of the principles, concepts, and hands-on best practices necessary to establish comprehensive configuration and release management functions. Discussing both CM as it is practiced in product companies and IT organizations; Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs provide expert guidance on establishing configuration management best practices.

Course Outline

Configuration Management Concepts
Configuration identification
Status accounting
Change control
Configuration auditing (physical and functional)

Source Code Management
Baselines
Sandboxes and workspaces
Variant management
Handling bugfixes
Streams
Merging
Changesets

Build Engineering
Versions IDs and branding executables
Automating the build
Build tools to choose from including Ant, Maven, Make and MS Build
Role of the build engineer
Continuous integration

Environment Configuration
Supporting code promotion
Implementing tokens
Practical use of CMDBs
Managing environments

Change Control
Types of change control
Rightsizing the change control process
The 29 minute change control meeting
Driving the process through change control

Release Management
Packaging the release
Ergonomics of release management
RM as coordination
Driving the RM process

Deployment
Staging the release
Deployment frameworks
Traceability
Architecting Your Application for CM
CM-driven development
How CM facilitates good development
Build engineering as a service

Hardware CM
Managing hardware configuration items
Hybrid hardware/software CM

Process Engineering (Rightsizing)
Agile/waterfall
Hybrid approaches
Agile process maturity

Establishing IT Governance
Establishing IT governance
Transparency
Improving the process

What You Need to Know About Compliance
Common compliance requirements
Establishing IT controls

Standards and Frameworks
What you need to know about standards and frameworks

CM Assessments
Evaluating the existing CM practices
Documenting “as-is” and “to-be”
Writing your CM best practices implementation plan

Reservation Information
Day 1: 1:00pm-4:00pm ET/10:00am-1:00pm PT
Day 2: 1:00pm-4:00pm ET/10:00am-1:00pm PT
Class Fee Includes
  • Easy course access: Attend training right from your computer and easily connect your audio via computer or phone. You can access your training course quickly and easily and can participate freely.
  • Live, expert instruction: See and hear your instructor presenting the course materials and answering your questions in real-time.
  • Valuable course materials: Our live-virtual training uses the same valuable course materials as our classroom training. Students will have direct access to the course materials.
  • Hands-on exercises: An essential component to any learning experience is applying what you have learned. Using the latest technology, your instructor can provide students with hands-on exercises, group activities, and breakout sessions.
  • Real-time communication: Communicate real-time directly with the instructor. Ask questions, provide comments, and participate in the class discussions.
  • Peer interaction: Networking with peers has always been a valuable part of any classroom training. Live-virtual training gives you the opportunity to interact with and learn from the other attendees during breakout sessions, course lecture, and Q&A.
  • Convenient schedule: Course instruction is divided into modules no longer than three hours per day. This schedule makes it easy for you to get the training you need without taking days out of the office and setting aside projects.
  • Small class size: Live-virtual courses are limited to the same small class sizes as our instructor-led training. This provides you with the opportunity for personal interaction with the instructor.
Instructors
Bob Aiello
CM Best Practices Consulting

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