configuration management Questions

I need to conduct the survey that provides, at a high-level, what current CM practices 5-7 customers in the satellite industry use for hardware, software, and information (e.g., documentation and
drawings). I've identified the CM practices as: management & planning, configuration identification, configuration
change control, configuration status accounting, and verification &


I've identified the companies and persons I will interview and am now trying to develop a list of questions that could be answered (with or without the interviewee conducting minimal research) in a week or less. Any suggestions on pertinent questions to ask? I have some simple yes/no questions as to if the company uses and maintains CM practices for software, hardware, and documentation. But, I suspect these simple yes/no questions are insufficient. I familiary with CM as it applies to documentation, but I'm just learning about CM as it applies to hardware and software. My concern is that I may not be asking the right questions for hardware and software. What other questions should I be asking? Are there pertinent questions to ask that involve collecting numbers (e.g., lines of software code, number of COTS software products). Any resources I could use as a guide?

Thanks for the help.






Hi All,

I am aware of the fact that application servers (both Enterprise and Dev-op tools) can be configured to generate critical data files such as server log files for instance. Data files can also be generated at various levels within an application server. This may vary between different software vendors, but its certainly possible to generate data files in different formats.

But, companies usually have an infrastructure that consists of many different types of application servers that may be interconnected via LAN, Internet, Load balanced etc., It becomes important to capture the critical real time data from the data files and visualize the status of servers or KPIs (especially in Production environments).

So, I would like to know if there are any data visualization tools that might generate graphs based on these data files (as input)? If so, can you please list them? And briefly explain their pros and cons?

Appreciate your help!




Hello ,

I am looking for a SCM solution for managing Production environment configuration .

We are have a complex apllication of iBorders solution which involves 6 components out of which 2 components are in C++ and rest in Java technology.

All application are communication using IBM MQ and intra communication is happening with Active AMQ .

Its a new set-up so I am trying to implement a SCM solution so that I can manage all configurations in version control and some mechanism to control every configuration change,

Will this be good to decide on directory structure and check-in all in SVN and then restrict all change to go through SVN ?

Please suggest .


Thanks in Advance !!

I am building a binder reference for an Army contract to support FCA and PCA requirements.  

In CM Synergy,I tried to convert an existing directory into a subproject.But I am receiving this error.

the name has been used in several projects,but the name has to be retained same as per requirement.



I am getting error "Project already exists and the multiple local project instances option is disabled" while creating a subproject in CM Synergy


By Madhava Verma Dantuluri - February 22, 20141 Answer

What would be the challenges in the SCM implementation.

By Jirong Hu - February 11, 20147 Answers

I feel lost now. I have been a SCM consultant with IBM tools for more than 10 years. Now it's all gone.

First, IBM tools are getting out of business. Most of companies moved to the 10 times cheaper and maybe better open source tools such as GIT, TeamCity and JIRA etc. There is no way IBM can compete with them, even with the new RTC. They are just so much cheaper and in today's business, cheaper is what the management want.

Second, when come with open source tools, people think everybody can work with it. Just let devevelopment team install it and use it. And because it's cheaper, nobody will seriously question it. So there is no need for SCM consultants. Doesn't matter about branching strategy anymore. In my current company, people just install these tools without even an architecture and design document. I guess they just start to use it and will figure out things later.

So where is our next job?



I am doing a cleanup of  a projects unorganized configuration of their software product(s).  I am working very closely with software/hardware quality.  They recommended I look at the requirements for the products.  I don't have a problem looking at them but I just don't want the project to think I will eventually be responsible with ensurinig their software is meeting their requirments.  What if any level of responsibilty should I set to review or be familiar with their requirments?

By Anonymous - February 4, 20141 Answer

I am in the process of updating a CM Plan to include IUID requirements. Is there currently a CM Plan which has the necessary language?

By Deepak Bawankar - January 28, 20141 Answer

Hi All,
I am using Synergy 7.1. I am trying to create a new CV type. But, I get a warning message "Unable to create new CV type '<type_name>'". I am using ccm_admin account, and ofcourse with classic client. Also, this type does not exist.
Since it is only warning message, I am unable to trace the reason.
Any suggestion ?



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