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Automatic Project IT Provisioning Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238174D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

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Abstract

Disclosed is a tool that extracts and collates project related data, in the form of tasks, text and schedules, then analyses this collected data to predict IT provisioning requirements. The predictions are then compared and contrasted with a library of existing infrastructure, application and data patterns to identify and prescribe appropriate IT environments and then automatically provision the option than best fits the requirements.

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Automatic Project IT Provisioning Tool

Selecting IT components and creating a technical solution for an IT environment, primarily consists of a set of repetitive activities that are done manually today. This set of manual activities leads to very inefficient use of time and money spent on debating, deciding and sizing IT components for a project every time. This traditional method of selection and technical planning also depends mainly on individual expert knowledge to remember where there may be existing assets and solution components that could be reused. This makes the success of solutioning an IT environment highly dependent on the quality of the team that is doing the selecting and thus the outcome of what is designed is likely to be different every time, adding risks and cost to what is delivered. The solution designed this way will likely require additional technical effort, attention, testing and risk management to ensure newly designed environments can actually deliver what was expected. The uncertainty this brings is currently addressed by a common architectural practice of adding contingency, by making the required solution bigger than is needed, to mitigate technical delivery risks which add further unnecessary cost. These repetitive sets of activities, to decide and size IT components, are ideal for technical automation but today there is no such tool to enable this capability.

    This idea is a new tool that takes basic project plan data from a project plan document, cleans the collected data and utilises analytic tools to analyse the project plan's text to automatically decipher and extract IT scope and requirements. The tool then uses these requirements to predicate appropriate components. The tool refers to its library of existing reusable infrastructure patterns and tried and tested environments to predict the IT components and environment that are required for the project. At this point the tool compares the predicted environment to check, recommend and prescribe an optimised solution that delivers the required IT environment specification at the lowest cost. The tool will now correlate the prescribed set of activities with the project time line. The final specification of the IT environment with accompanying delivery schedule is then sent to the existing provisioning tools to automatically schedule provision activities accordingly. This new design utilises all recent and emerging provisioning capabilities offered with Cloud and Next Generation Computing.

Benefits:
- Technical:
Removes much uncertainty when selecting IT components and architecting standard environments for projects. The tool minimises, and in many cases removes, the need to discuss and debate arch...