ITSM/ITIL Service Asset Configuration Management (SACM) – What and Why

It is always a good idea to have a strong handle on what is going on within your organization, and that includes your service assets and configuration items. Service asset and configuration management (SACM) is another organizational process that helps you identify, control, and otherwise manage these details, through their entire life cycle.

What exactly is a configuration item? Well, it is whatever your IT team wants to consider it as, from a cluster of servers to a single component of a server. SACM is highly flexible and versatile, so it can be set up to work for your needs and goals.

SACM identifies your configuration items and records any changes made to those items throughout their lives. It does the same for service assets, which are the assets you use to deliver IT services.

Putting that together, SACM shows the value and ownership of assets and configuration items throughout their lifecycle as well, providing your organization a more defined, detailed view of your assets and how they are used. In fact, this might be one of the most important processes you can put into place, as it actually works to improve other systems like problem management and change management.

What is Configuration Management System?

‘Service Asset Configuration Management’ is a mouthful, but the actual infrastructure of a configuration management system is not that complex. It is essentially a set of tools, such as databases and files, that collect, update, and analyze information about your configuration items. If integrated with other systems like change management and problem management, the system can also contain that data, such as a known error database. 

You may also hear of a configuration management database, which specifically stores configuration records. One, or several configuration management databases may be part of the overall configuration management system.

SACM Goals and Objectives

A key element of a strong SACM system is that it provides accurate configuration information. Documenting your organizational infrastructure ensures you have all that information on hand, keeping every other process effective. Change management, problem management, and other similar processes rely on the data from SACM. 

With SACM in place, those additional processes are supported through better decision making. It is easier for your organization to authorize changes, plan ahead, and fix any problems or issues knowing you have a repository of up to date, correct configuration details. 

It should also save you time and frustration, as well as money, by reducing the number of issues that stem from incorrect configurations. Poor configuration leads to quality and compliance issues, which can balloon into a major headache. Starting with SACM as your foundation keeps things correct from the beginning.

And, this system helps you look back at historical configuration information, which is valuable in many situations, such as investigating a persistent problem or keeping a baseline when implementing a change. If you need to revert to an earlier configuration for any reason, SACM keeps it simple — without it, reverting would be an almost impossible task, as you would have to do a lot of digging to figure out how it was versioned previously.

Configuration Control and Verification

Configuration control is important for security and stability. It ensures that only authorized users can add or modify configuration items within your system.

SACM is also used to report on, verify, and audit your configuration items, ensuring that the information in the database is accurate. It gives a good overview of how service assets and configuration items are being used and what value they offer to your organization and its goals. And, any time your organization updates a service or changes how an item is configured, that verification and auditing ensures that everything is in place as it should be, without having a negative impact on other systems, services, or items.

Working with GroupLink for SACM

GroupLink Corporation’s SACM module and process is built for our products, ensuring full integration so you have all of the data you need, at your fingertips. It ensures that your service assets and configuration items are optimized for the best performance, cost savings, and risk mitigation, while providing access to centralized information to make life easier for everyone who relies on that data. 

With GroupLink’s SACM module and process you can expect integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness in all you do, from managing the IT help desk to making the right decisions for implementing future technology and changes. If you have questions about SACM, how it integrates with our products, or how it can help your organization be more effective and productive, we are happy to set up a conversation to share more. Reach out to us with our online form, or give us a call at 801-742-8386. You can also email us at info@grouplink.net to talk to our experts.

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