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System Management Software Basics & Potential

By Cornelia Light

System management software is what is used to implement, manage and monitor distributed systems. The benefits can be massive, subject to the caveat that the company and its operations are big and distributed enough to warrant such a system. At some point of growth, it becomes unfeasible to run around doing manual deployment, collecting paperwork and electronic data, and then have dedicated staff working to maintain centralized records.

Bring in system management at this point, and the benefits are massive and will ripple across every part of the company’s operations. It reduces staffing needs and IT costs, enhances security and information sharing, and makes it easy to centralize data, monitor employee actions and network usage.

Installation & Management: The biggest help, obviously, comes in the easy and automated installations and updates. A small company with one office and a few computers may find it easy to do installations one by one. But for a large and diversified company with hundreds or even thousands of computers, that’s not a choice. Servers and system management makes automation possible and new installations are a painless process, needing no extra time or manpower.

Cost Reduction: The question isn’t whether or not this software will reduce costs. It assuredly will. The only question is whether the cost of buying and implementing the software, and hiring or training a systems manager, is feasible for the company. On the other hand, it cuts down staffing and IT costs on an on-going basis.

But the possibilities are much bigger than this, since the system management infrastructure opens up pathways to install enterprise level systems such as ERP and enhance the client server IT architecture. This allows the company to expand its footprint, add new operations to the work flow and open branches which previously would either not have been required or would have been impossible to manage. Bottom line is that this is not just an IT help tool, but something which will ripple through the company’s entire operation.

Security: System management has a huge impact on IT security. The same security settings are implemented on all stations, and any new policies are remotely implemented instantaneously on all the stations. Users can access any station and get the same settings and data, made possible by settings that apply to specific user names and job or department levels. This makes the network more capable of withstanding external attacks.

Security patches and critical updates can be done instantaneously on all stations without any extra effort or manpower, which reduces the window that attackers can use to take advantage of bugs. The network gets centralized enterprise anti virus and malware protection. Even the data is more secure as regards hardware failure or data corruption, since everything is stored on servers with a backup system.

Monitoring: Other than automation and cost-reduction, the monitoring capabilities are perhaps the biggest benefit of system management. All the data flowing on the network is automatically centralized, and lends itself to greater monitoring. The network and system can be tweaked to adjust for utilization patterns. User activity monitoring helps management keep track of employees and their work patterns.

To sum it up, regardless of the nature of a company or its operations, there is a strong case for implementing system management software. Of course, each company has to make its own decision, and it should be based on a thorough cost benefit analysis. For companies in a growth phase, the ROI will be immediate and the extended benefits even more substantial.

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Light, Cornelia "System Management Software Basics & Potential." System Management Software Basics & Potential. 25 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 14 Sep 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/computers-and-technology/software/system-management-software-basics-potential/>.

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Light, C (2010, August 25). System Management Software Basics & Potential. Retrieved September 14, 2014, from http://uberarticles.com/computers-and-technology/software/system-management-software-basics-potential/

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