Change Management

Change Management for CA SDM is a set of features for Change Managers and Change Advisory Board (CAB) members to coordinate the review and approval of change requests for CI components and services. For example, Change Managers can review and approve all changes to CI components and services to ensure that no new security vulnerabilities are introduced into the production environment. The Change Manager leads the CAB and is responsible for the ultimate approval of change requests.
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Change Management for CA SDM is a set of features for Change Managers and Change Advisory Board (CAB) members to coordinate the review and approval of change requests for CI components and services. For example, Change Managers can review and approve all changes to CI components and services to ensure that no new security vulnerabilities are introduced into the production environment. The Change Manager leads the CAB and is responsible for the ultimate approval of change requests.
Change Management includes the following components:
  • Change Calendar: 
    Displays a graphical view of change events, including all scheduled, failed, and in-progress change requests for CIs and services in a configurable calendar view. The calendar also displays black-out dates, which are freeze periods. Users can create a change order from the context menu on the daily, weekly, and monthly calendar views. The Change Manager, Level 2 Analysts, and CAB members use this feature.
  • Change Scheduler: 
    Displays scheduled time periods during which CI changes can or cannot occur in the Change Calendar. The Change Manager uses this feature to view and create change schedules and CI associations during the time period.
  • Conflict Analysis and Collision Detection: 
    Analyze change orders to help identify potential implementation conflicts that could increase risk of failure. The Change Manager uses this feature.
  • CAB Console and Reporting: 
    Displays a dashboard that facilitates quick online approvals of change orders that require CAB approval. In CA SDM, the Change Manager can generate a report with details about the proposed requests for changes ready for CAB review and electronically distribute the reports to all CAB members.
    Users with appropriate privileges can display Compliance, Forecast, Trend, and Volume predefined reports for change management in Business Intelligence Launch Pad with CA Business Intelligence.
  • Risk Assessment: 
    Provides the ability to attach risk assessments for each change request submitted. The Risk Survey Option lets you create surveys to evaluate risks, and associate them with change categories. The risk survey lists a series of single or multiple choice questions.
  • Impact Explorer: 
    Displays CI-to-CI relationships for CIs that are attached to a change order. Impact Explorer is launched from the Change Order Detail page to facilitate on-demand impact analysis. The Change Manager uses this feature.
  • Change Verification: 
    Verifies that changes execute accurately and no unauthorized changes occur, so that CMDB contains an accurate and current representation of all managed CIs.