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Models, Models, and more Models…

Models are at the heart of many digital transformation initiatives but models will have impact one way or another on Configuration Management. With the team from the I4.0 Committee of the IPX Congress, I have been discussing the potential impact model-based approaches will have on configuration management. To support us in this discussion and analysis, we have created an overview of the types of models we so far have identified and mapped… Read More »Models, Models, and more Models…

The benefits of NFTs for Configuration Management

Time for a different topic than the CM Baseline, but definitely a topic worth exploring when trying to understand the future of CM. But before diving into Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), it is required to know what a blockchain is. “A blockchain is a growing list of records, called blocks, that are securely linked together using cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data (generally represented as a Merkle tree, where data nodes are represented by… Read More »The benefits of NFTs for Configuration Management

5 Ways a CM Baseline brings value

The CM Baseline is one of the foundations of the CM2 Model as it provides you with the correct information about the configuration. It also gives you insights into the changes to the configuration over time and enables the flexibility needed to deal with all these changes without losing configuration control. While there are many use cases, this post will highlight five ways how a CM Baseline brings value to… Read More »5 Ways a CM Baseline brings value

Podcast

2nd time on the Digital Enterprise Society Podcast with Thom Singer and Craig Brown.

Podcast: The Future of Configuration Management with Machine Learning. I joined Thom Singer and Craig Brown for a second time on the Digital Enterprise Society Podcast. I talk about the Future of Configuration Management. Topics like the CM2 Baseline, Machine Learning and Software over-the-air updates  were discussed.  You can find the podcast here: 149: THE FUTURE OF CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT WITH MACHINE LEARNING. Let me know what you think. More information about the topics we discussed… Read More »2nd time on the Digital Enterprise Society Podcast with Thom Singer and Craig Brown.

Timing

Timing is Everything

In air travel, timing is everything because we do not want to miss our flight or miss a connecting flight. Also, in stories, timing is everything, as it can make or break a story. The same holds for changes; timing can make or break a change. This article will explore the fourth and last component of the CM Baseline: Planning to be more precise Implementation Plans. If you missed any… Read More »Timing is Everything

Dependencies

Dependencies limit the possible sequences of events

If you missed the previous articles from the CM Baseline series, please check them out first: Understanding the Impact of Changes introduces the need for the CM Baseline. Connections tell the Story introduces the first component of the CM Baseline, the Business Object Graph. Intentions are the desire for new Stories, introduced the second component of the CM Baseline, the Impact Matrix. This article will explore the third component of the CM… Read More »Dependencies limit the possible sequences of events

Intentions are the desire for new Stories

In the CM Baseline series, I have used the analogy of flights, flight plans, gates, control towers to explain how difficult it becomes to manage changes and their dependencies to explain the need for the CM2 Baseline, a.k.a. As Planned/As Released Baseline ( ‘Understanding the Impact of Changes‘).  In ‘Connections tell the Story,’ I explained how a Business Object Graph connecting the data from a business perspective across the expert domain… Read More »Intentions are the desire for new Stories

Connections tell the Story

In my previous post, ‘Understanding the Impact of Changes‘, I used the analogy of flights, flight plans, gates, control towers to explain how difficult it becomes to manage changes and their dependencies. To address this, CM2 from the Institute for Process Excellence has a solution called the CM2 Baseline or a.k.a. the As Planned/As Released Baseline. And while the SAE-EIA-649C standard for Configuration Management in its latest revision hints at this type… Read More »Connections tell the Story

A discussion about The Future of CM

Just before the end of 2021 Jos Voskuil a.k.a. the Virtual Dutchman organized a discussion about the Future of Configuration Management with Lisa Fenwick from CMstat, Maxime Gravel from Moog and myself.  The focus of the discussion was on the impact of model-based and data-driven approaches. Check out the LinkedIn post or go to the article directly. Don’t forget to also read my own blog post which continues where we left the discussion: Understanding the Impact of Changes. Header picture by Jos Voskuil – source

Understanding the Impact of Changes

Imagine a world in which we do not have air traffic control, we do not have flight plans or track the progress against these flight plans, but we do have all the flights we have pre-covid19 and we only have line of sight. Every 45 seconds, a plane arrives or departs at any given major airport. How would you prevent catastrophic plane crashes in such a world? Probably flying would… Read More »Understanding the Impact of Changes