Synchronizing Business and IT

HP Adaptive Enterprise: Design rules and principles
HP Adaptive Enterprise: Design rules and principles

Responding flexibly and efficiently to changing market conditions is an important factor for success. This will be enabled through the Adaptive Enterprise, a strategy implemented by HP that allows companies to match IT supply to business demand.
With this approach, business processes, applications, and infrastructure are defined as services throughout an organization. At each level, it applies a set of Adaptive Enterprise design principles – simplification, standardization, modularity, and integration. The architecture should also be built on a set of key design rules of service-oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization, and model-driven automation. SOA helps organizations to tap into the power of virtualization, where resources are pooled and shared. Model-driven automation helps keep IT practices simple and costs low.

Management standards for the Adaptive Enterprise

One of the key aspects of the Adaptive Enterprise is that IT infrastructures need to evolve from silos of technology to virtualized resource pools. IT resources – whether it’s an HP Blade server, a storage array, a database, or an application server – need to be delivered as a set of services. And there needs to be a common way for all of these IT services to expose management information about themselves, so they can be monitored, managed, and controlled. This is addressed through emerging management standards.
These standards include the WSDM (Web Services Distributed Management) specifications established by the OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) consortium. HP is a leading contributor to this key standardization initiative. The WSDM specifications, founded on web services and service-oriented architecture design principles, address two major areas:

  • Management Using Web Services (MUWS) which defines how an IT resource can use web services to provide a set of manageability interfaces
  • Management Of Web Services (MOWS) which defines a model for managing web services.

WSDM enables architects and developers to take a language-, platform- and vendor-independent approach to exposing manageability interfaces to any IT resource. With WSDM, existing applications can be integrated and managed in a more consistent and cost-effective manner.

Delivering business value

Dynamic discovery of managed resources
Dynamic discovery of managed resources

Adopting application management standards provides dynamic discovery of and interaction with managed resources, as well as a standard way of describing management capabilities. Without common standards, every type of resource needs to have specialized software to communicate with each management application. Developers and system administrators must understand many different protocols in order to provide secure management.
By creating one standardized protocol for communication, a standard means of discovering the capabilities of the resources is more easily exposed. The management application only needs to understand one protocol and developers are free to focus on delivering business value through application development.
Application management standards also provide the ability to leverage many features of a web-services infrastructure such as security, reliability, validation, platform independence, interoperability and tooling support. Finally, adopting application management standards enables an enterprise to standardize the monitoring and management of resource consumption levels and measure baseline management metrics. Standardization simplifies the process of determining resource consumption and application-performance metrics. Applications, even if written in languages such as Java/J2EE, ABAP or C/C++, are often inflexible once they have been deployed to production. Without properly instrumented applications, it becomes difficult to respond to changing market conditions in a cost-efficient manner. Often, when measuring baseline performance metrics, the metrics are dependent on how complete the application has been instrumented with manageability. The result can be subjective and incomplete, creating credibility issues.
Application management standards expose resource consumption and baseline management metrics in a standard way. The complexity of individual application management is removed and proprietary operational processes are no longer necessary. Basic metrics are issued by an application, leading to increased manageability and efficiency.

HP OpenView manages entire SAP environments

Business and IT must be synchronized to capitalize on change. Adopting application management standards will dynamically link IT and business demands. Because, at the end of the day, the business depends on the applications a company builds and deploys. HP will continue to develop standardized network and systems management software that will not only lower the total cost of ownership but will also drive the complexity out of managing IT operations.
The management solution HP OpenView has a long heritage of managing SAP environments. The service-driven operations solution for SAP manages the entire SAP environment from a service and business perspective, mapping infrastructure resources into services delivered to users. If an SAP process is interrupted, the root cause of the problem needs to be determined immediately and corrective action has to be identified. The solution facilitates all of these tasks across the IT resources that support SAP:

  • The HP OpenView Internet Services can probe and monitor the performance and availability of SAP end-user transactions which can be evaluated against service level agreements.
  • The HP OpenView Smart Plug-in for SAP provides out-of-the-box functionality with instrumentation for monitoring more than 130 SAP performance metrics and performing numerous tasks.

The service-driven operations solution for SAP provides important depth in monitoring SAP work processes, jobs, users, faults and events. This is correlated with network, operating system, SAP and support application performance management to detect and correct potential problems before SAP users are affected.
HP will also be extending its coverage with OpenView SOA Manager that supports SAP NetWeaver. The OpenView SOA Manager is built with service-oriented architecture design principles and one of the first instantiations of HP’s Adaptive Enterprise principles. It incorporates model-based automation by linking business processes with their respective IT services, including web services. It also incorporates life-cycle management capabilities, integration to enterprise management systems, and enforcement of customer-defined policies for manageability. SAP NetWeaver will be able to leverage SOA Manager for business process flexibility that effectively controls the underpinning IT services via policy-enforced automation configured within the context of SAP.
Together, SAP and HP offer end-to-end solutions which enable enterprises of any size to adapt to changing business needs while maintaining a consistent cost structure.
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Peter Kreienbring
Peter Kreienbring