Avoid wasting time and money procuring and implementing DCIM

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Matt Stansberry, Director of Content & Publications – Uptime Institute

About this talk

For the last 8 years, the data center industry has struggled to successfully adopt DCIM software. DCIM promises to drive out data center inefficiencies, to help operators build a credible model for capacity planning, and to tie together the IT and facilities management teams. Yet, the path to reaping those benefits could not be realized by simply purchasing a software product. As the messy work of implementation began, many IT organizations found that these tools would be more difficult to implement and more expensive than expected. The DCIM market is sprawling and varied, with a range of suppliers from longstanding equipment vendors to startup companies. The reported functionality and integration of those various tools is often subject to interpretation and does not always stand up to scrutiny. One company’s success with a tool does not translate to universal success. The procurement and implementation process take too long, the software costs too much and the tools often under-deliver. Many organizations are finding the need to purchase multiple commercial DCIM tools. This can prove to be a successful strategy for customers applying an incremental planned approach; or it can be a wasted effort and major embarrassment when a large investment does not meet expectations. This webinar discusses the current state of DCIM adoption, strategies for maximizing a return on a DCIM investment, and provide a high-level methodology for evaluating DCIM tools.

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