A Simplified ERP for IT Architecture

    November 29, 2006

Here is a simplified IT systems model.

The intention is to represent all the necessary tooling to run a large IT capability.

At this level of abstraction there are many ways to partition the problem and draw interfaces – how do you think of it?

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Definition of element management:

Element management tools are the control consoles and utilities used by operations and infrastructure staff.

The common characteristic of such tools is their support for the most detailed non-programming work in IT management:

  • network administration
  • database administration
  • middleware administration
  • storage administration
  • operations management (where not otherwise covered)
  • and so forth

Element management tools represent important sources of information and visibility into complex IT operations, including resource unit costs, and the ability to integrate them is desirable.



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Charles Betz is a Senior Enterprise Architect, and chief architect for IT
Service Management strategy for a US-based Fortune 50 enterprise. He is author of the forthcoming Architecture and Patterns for IT Service
Management, Resource Planning, and Governance: Making Shoes for the Cobbler’s Children (Morgan Kaufman/Elsevier, 2006, ISBN 0123705932). He is the sole author of the popular www.erp4it.com weblog.