While at a get-together of speakers at an IT Conference in Florida, I turned to the organizer (Martin Thompson) and said “I have your next article for you – What is the next Uber event for SAM?” he then asked “What is it?” to which I replied “I don’t know – you need to write the article!”
Seeing as he hasn’t bothered his arse(!) I thought I would have a go myself.
Back in June of this year, I wrote a blog called “Could you run your SAM Framework from your cell phone?” Where a particular use-case highlighted the filtration of mass amounts of data to an app that a CIO could use to steer a SAM programme from his phone – without having to leave the golf course.
But let’s take that a step further: What if the CIO didn’t wish to bring their cell phone onto the golf course? What if the CIO wanted a self-healing SAM system?
We may not be as far away from that as you might think. A couple of products spring to mind that help with such an aspiration. Slickey is a product which looks to turn your deployment suite into a license server; so no deployment is made without entitlement being available before deployment (remember that best-practice notion that ITIL somehow fails to address?!)
And for those folks concerned with Server builds staying as they were intended, then Puppet is a product which can return a server to its preferred build should an unauthorised state change occur.
Imagine if we could get a SAM suite to interpret those deltas based on company-supplied rules to either instruct a re-build/uninstallation, or to apportion a license if a rogue deployment took place?
The sooner SAM can focus on the deltas of data arising from an intended state to the existing state, the easier it will find its job of dealing with software vendor audits.
The next “Uber” event for SAM? Self-healing IT estates.