icon

Logistics & Configuration Management: Concept and importance

English

23 January 2021

Configuration management (CM) is a process used to establish and maintain the consistency of the performance of a product. This is thanks to a engineering system that also helps to establish and maintain the functional and physical attributes of a product, its design and operational information throughout its life.

This process is used with IT service management and with other kinds of domain models in the civil engineering, plus other industrial segments such as: bridges, canals, roads, and more.

The CM process is also used by military engineering organizations to manage changes throughout different systems, such as: tthe system lifecycle of complex systems.

Configuration management: Activities and benefits

CM activities

  • Identifying configuration items
  • Defining configuration items
  • Baselining configuration items
  • Controlling modifications of configurations items
  • Releases of configuration items
  • Reporting and recording status of configuration items
  • Reporting and recording any requested modifications of configuration items
  • Ensuring completeness of configuration items
  • Consistency of configurations items
  • Correctness of configuration items
  • Controlling storage of the configuration items
  • Handling and delivery of the configuration items

CM benefits

  • Reduces confusion
  • Establishes order
  • Organizes the activities necessary to maintain the product‘s integrity
  • Ensures effective product configurations
  • Limits legal liability
  • Reduces lifecycle costs
  • Enables consistent conformance (w/requirements)
  • Enhances compliance (w/standards)
Woman and man working on configuration management systems

5 Disciplines of CM

The CM process for both hardware- and software-configuration items comprises distinct disciplines which are carried out as policies and procedures. These help to establish baselines and perform a standard change-management process. These disciplines are:

CM Planning and Management

A formal document and guide that includes items such as: personnel, responsibilities and resources, a definition of procedures and tools, baselining processes, and configuration-status accounting, audits and reviews, subcontractor/vendor CM requirements.

Configuration Identification

Consists of setting and maintaining baselines. These define the system architecture and components. From an identified and documented system to design, development, testing and delivery.

Configuration Control

Includes the evaluation of all change-requests. It covers the process of controlling modifications to the design, hardware, firmware, software, and documentation of the system.

Configuration Status Accounting

Includes the process of recording and reporting configuration item descriptions, such as: hardware, software, firmware, and others.

Configuration Verification and Audit

An independent review of hardware and software. The purpose of this is assessing compliance with established performance requirements, product baselines, commercial and appropriate military standards, and more.

Woman working on configuration management systems

SCM: Software Configuration Management

The SCM process is looked upon by many as the best solution when it comes to handling changes in software projects. This is because it identifies the functional and physical attributes of the software at different points in time.

This means that this software performs a systematic control of changes to the identified attributes with the only purpose of maintaining the software’s integrity and traceability throughout its life cycle.

The SCM process further defines the need to trace changes. Also, the ability to verify that the delivered software has the planned enhancements that are supposed to be included in its release.

SCM identifies four different procedures that must be defined for each software project. These are:

  1. Configuration identification
  2. Configuration control
  3. Configuration status accounting
  4. Configuration audits

CM database

Information Technology Infrastructure Library or ITIL specifies the use of a Configuration Management System (CMS). As well as a Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

CMDBs are used as means of achieving industry best practices for Configuration Management to track Configuration Items and the dependencies between them.

CIs represent what is worth tracking and managing in an enterprise, such as: computers, software, software licenses, network devices, storage, racks and even the components within them.

The benefits of a CMDB include:

  • Being able to perform functions like root cause analysis.
  • Being able to perform impact analysis.
  • Change management and current state assessment for future state strategy development.

Do you want to learn about other systems? CHeck out this article about ALMSS.

logo
You can also follow us in
social media
Linkedin
You can request a custom quote for your company
Are you looking for a
specific topic?
Contact us

Comments (0)

There are no comments yet. Be the first!

Leave a comment

Latest News

The current day-to-day news about the logistics world with our articles.

Supply Chain: Responsible Targets 2022

Let’s start by technically defining what a supply chain is: “it is the set of activities, facilities and means of distribution necessary to carry out the entire sales process of a product” according to Economipedia. In other words: the supply chain a is mix of different activities within an organization in order to convert raw […]

3 Reading min

Read more

5 keys to master ecommerce

Ecommerce is a booming business and there are millions of people who want to participate in the sector. What sets it apart from traditional businesses is the fact that anyone can do it at home. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to running a successful ecommerce store. There are many […]

4 Reading min

Read more

Reverse logistics examples in 2022

Reverse logistics is a subset of supply chain management that encompasses the entire reverse process. In retail, this typically involves the sale of used or returned goods at a discount and their subsequent resale. Reverse logistics also takes into account the packaging, shipping and storage of returned products until they can be resold or recycled. […]

4 Reading min

Read more

How to optimize the safety stock?

Safety stock is an important part of the business, but it also requires costs. A good alert system is necessary to minimize stock loss and avoid losses when inventory is below the optimal level. Efficiency allows us to evaluate cost reduction opportunities and optimize our safety investment by maximizing ROI. Safety stock is important, but […]

4 Reading min

Read more

Raw material inventory: what does it refer to?

We know that raw material is the set of elements, inputs or basic and indispensable materials required by the company for its transformation, so that we can obtain a finished product from it. That is to say, the raw material inventory is the basic food in the productive process of the elaboration of a final […]

3 Reading min

Read more

Logistics and the importance of inventory control

What is an inventory? We know that an inventory is a specifically organized and detailed, ordered and valued list of the elements that make up the assets of a company. Now the main objective of inventory control is to guarantee the availability of a product required by a customer when and how the customer needs […]

3 Reading min

Read more

5 examples of the global supply chain

We will try to define what a global supply chain is, also called a global supply chain. Global supply chains are varied, dynamic and complex organizational structures that are constantly evolving in order to adapt to the requirements of the global market. They are also described as global production networks or global value chain. Consequently, […]

3 Reading min

Read more

Raw materials in 2022

We begin by defining raw materials as materials that we obtain directly from nature, i.e., natural resources that are useful and valuable to man. Raw materials can be of the following origin: animal (wool, silk, fur), vegetable (plants, seeds, wood), mineral (sand, marble, iron) and fossil (natural gas, oil, coal). Raw materials are all those […]

2 Reading min

Read more

Last mile delivery in logistics: what is it?

Last mile delivery refers to the final transportation of products, goods and even people. This term has its origins in telecommunications, to describe the difficulty of connecting homes and businesses to the main telecommunications network so the term Last Mile Delivery has been coined to refer to the delivery of goods or services that the […]

3 Reading min

Read more

3 benefits of Logistics Management 

By definition, logistics is a set of methods and procedures necessary and designed to achieve the organization of a company, in order to carry out its goals or objectives. We can say that logistics management is a fundamental part to achieve efficiency in the supply of products or merchandise, from its point of origin or […]

4 Reading min

Read more

Supply Chain: Responsible Targets 2022

Let’s start by technically defining what a supply chain is: “it is the set of activities, facilities and means of distribution necessary to carry out the entire sales process of a product” according to Economipedia. In other words: the supply chain a is mix of different activities within an organization in order to convert raw […]

3 Reading min

Read more

5 keys to master ecommerce

Ecommerce is a booming business and there are millions of people who want to participate in the sector. What sets it apart from traditional businesses is the fact that anyone can do it at home. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to running a successful ecommerce store. There are many […]

4 Reading min

Read more

See all articles