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Earlier this week the software giant unveiled a blueprint, called the Dynamic Systems Initiative, designed to simplify IT management. Michael Emmanuel, senior product manager at Microsoft, said, "Our goal is to manage all areas of the datacentre."
He said applications need to be re-engineered to understand IT management. If a drive in a disc array fails, Emmanuel said it should be possible to identify which business process is effected. "We want to align IT management and support to real business processes."
Bola Rotiba, lead analyst at Ovum, said, "Management will be a big driver for Microsoft." It is now spending more of its research and development budget on IT management than the on the Windows operating system.
"It has not been easy in the past to manage a Windows 2000 system. Microsoft is trying to make IT management a lot more focused," she said.
The customisation needed to implement enterprise-wide systems management can be costly. In Microsoft's vision, an application would publish XML data to give system administrators an indication of how well it is running. Emmanuel believes this approach will lower the cost of implementing systems management.