Most legacy operations management products miss the point and come up short. Many of these products, although implemented are ghosts. They lurk around in buildings with limited or no business benefit. Their primary focus is on monitoring uptime. This is often referred to as a RAG tool: Red, Amber, and Green where Red signifies down, Amber signifies intermittent connectivity problems and Green signifies good connectivity. This serves a limited business purpose and cannot justify any return on investment. The product development has been focussed on reporting on acceptable situations, as opposed to providing equal focus on operation in dire straits. How is this limited view operational monitoring? All it does is give you a comfortable feeling. With this approach, there is no difference in the value proposition of a cheap 'keep alive pulse' or an operational management framework product using more complex protocols worth millions.
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