Systems management frameworks will disappear by the end of next year, according to analyst firm Gartner Group.
?The framework as a technical solution has failed,? said Gartner analyst Milind Govekar this week.
Frameworks, such as Computer Associates? Unicenter or IBM?s Tivoli Enterprise, are complex suites of system and network management products which claim to give users everything they need to control their networks.
The complex planning required for successful implementation means that chief executives are, ?writing blank cheques without realising there is the potential for failure,? warned Govekar. He added: ?There have been spectacular failures of networked systems management projects ? 75 per cent fail.?
Frameworks offerings will disintegrate into products based on solving limited sets of specific management problems. Implementations which only use a handful of the dozens of management components available in frameworks are the most likely to succeed.
Vendors sell network management systems to chief executives or chief information officers, who have limited technical knowledge and believe a successful implementation can save large amounts of money.
However, CA?s European director of advanced technology, Jay Huff, said: ?When people say this technology fails, I?d like to know what they mean.?
Huff insisted that framework systems will continue to be developed, but added many customers, ?fully implement only six or seven components of the 80 available?.
Govekar recommends that companies spend no more than six to nine months implementing a network management framework, otherwise it will be hard to prove a return on investment.
?Two thirds of the project is organisation and process. If you don?t define these, the chances of success are slim,? he said.
According to Gartner, network management will be a key concern for chief information officers over the next three years, as corporate networks become increasingly complex. But systems management technology will always lag behind new network technologies, it says.
Huff said although Computer Associates is moving towards offering software to manage specific problems only, framework systems would not disappear.
?It?s not easy to achieve integration with your own code which you then have to update when applications change,? he said.
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