Or to put it another way:
Shrink a two-hour task down to 15 minutes.
These are the kinds of efficiency gains with Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) that have Gary Bunyan pretty excited. Gary is a Global DCIM Solutions Specialist with iTRACS® and in his recent column for Data Center Knowledge, Gary shared his enthusiasm about what DCIM can mean to a user organization.
Gary talked about three different customers and how they’re able to leverage the inherent flexibility of DCIM with Interactive 3D Visualization to match their own specific infrastructure management needs.
As Gary writes, “These customers get it – when the DCIM environment is flexible enough to adapt its tools and workflows to the client needs – rather than forcing them to adapt to its own – this gives customers a great chance at some early quick wins and a rapid payback. They’re free to fluidly explore and use the solution in any way they prefer, literally on-the-fly, leveraging its database and tool set to uncover information and drive efficiency in ways that were, frankly, unimaginable before.”
So how did one of Gary’s customers, a U.S.-based enterprise organization, achieve a 87% time savings using DCIM?
Gary explains it as follows:
“They had been using a manual process to put together work orders for technicians to carry on the floor when making moves, adds and changes to the data center infrastructure. It was a laborious two-hour process to pump out 50 of these work actions, and the technicians ended up with notes, spreadsheets and other materials to sift through as they tried to figure out which server goes where, power connectivity, network connectivity and so on. It was a productivity killer.
With DCIM’s automated commissioning engine, however, those 50 work actions can now be created in less than 15 minutes. Using an array of DCIM functions integrated into a process that fits the customer’s defined requirements, the customer simply tells the DCIM software what to do, and it does the rest:
- Finds the right space for the physical asset – where it goes
- Determines the power connectivity, including redundant power as needed
- Determines the network connectivity – exactly what cable goes into which port, etc.
- Outputs the work orders with clear step-by-step directions, including visuals to make sure there can be no misinterpretation
- Lets the customer share the work orders with other constituents via CSV, reports, or other formats
- Provides automatic updates of work progress and status”
This sounds like the kind of efficiency breakthrough EVERYONE can get excited about. Read Gary’s full column here.