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2 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. From Consolidated Operations to Service Management with the Netcool Suite General Session Doug McClure Sr. Manager, Service and Technology Monitoring, EarthLink October 14, 2004

3 2 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Agenda >EarthLink Overview >Innovation, Technology, and Change >And the need for open, flexible, adaptable monitoring solutions >IT Operations and Business Maturity >Challenges facing EarthLink and Roadmap to Improvement >EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring >Improving Service, Customer, and Business Performance and Availability >Enabling ITIL Best Practices with the Micromuse Suite >Service Management Database, Change Management Dashboard >Linking IT Operations with the Business >Business Process/Activity Monitoring and Dashboards >Continuous Improvement

4 3 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. EarthLink Overview >One of the Nations Largest ISPs >Headquarters in Atlanta, GA >Key facilities in Dallas, Pasadena, San Jose, Knoxville, and Seattle >Profitable, strong balance sheet >Largest DSL footprint >First-to-market with products that provide the best possible Internet experience >Customer Advocacy: Fighting SPAM, Abuse, and Fraud (Phishers) >Technical solutions >Litigation >Legislative support >Industry collaboration >Consumer education >10 th Anniversary ( ) >http://www.redefineyourworld.comhttp://www.redefineyourworld.com

5 4 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. EarthLink Overview 5.25M Customers >~4M Dialup (Premium ~3.5M, Value ~500K) >~1.2M Broadband (Cable, xDSL) >~160K Web Hosting (Unix, Windows) >~50K Wireless (Blackberry, PDA, Laptops, Wi-Fi) >Dial Access Coverage > 90% of US Population >~16K Local Dial Access Numbers >~500K Active Modem Ports (~50% ELNK, ~50% Outsourced) >~250 PoPs (18 Core Backbone PoPs, four data centers) >Broadband Coverage >~200 Markets with Broadband Offerings Large and Diverse Infrastructure >~2300 Network Elements >~1600 Server Elements >Thousands of Access Circuits, Hundreds of WAN Circuits

6 5 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. EarthLink Overview Access Technology Innovation >Premium and Value Dial-up >Broadband (Cable, xDSL, Satellite) >Voice (Converged Devices, VoIP, SIP) >Wireless (WiFi, CDMA, Blackberry, PDA) >Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) >IP Services (Triple Play) Value Added Service and Product Innovation >Blocker Family: spamBlocker, POP-UP Blocker, ScamBlocker, Virus Blocker, Spyware Blocker (www.blockoftheday.com) >Parental Controls >Webmail, Web Accelerator

7 6 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. EarthLink Overview Exceptional Customer Service >2004 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Award for High- Speed and Dial-Up Internet Service >2003 PC Magazine Readers' Choice Awards for both high-speed and dial- up services >2003 highest ranking in customer satisfaction for the second year in a row for high-speed Internet service by J.D. Power and Associates in its Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study SM >2003 CNET Editors' Choice award

8 7 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. A company can't outgrow its competitors unless it can out-innovate them. Source: Gary Hamel and Gary Getz, in Funding Growth in an Age of Austerity Innovation, Technology, and Change

9 8 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Innovation = Constant Change Drivers >Customer Retention – Decrease Churn >Speed to Market, Competition – Do more, faster >Quality, Performance, Support Costs >Compliance - Sarbanes-Oxley, Visa CISP Operational Challenges >Release Management >Change Management >Service Level Management >Enterprise Security

10 9 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Leading Edge Technology = Constant Change Drivers >Voice – SIP >Broadband >Wireless (WiFi, Regulated, Unregulated) >Content, Rich Internet Applications >End-to-End Services >Custom Applications Operational Challenges >Fault, Performance, Availability, Utilization Monitoring >Vendor Lag in Support >Lack of a Standard Fault, Performance, Availability, Utilization API

11 10 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Source: Charles Darwin IT Operations and Business Maturity

12 11 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Operations Maturity: Growing Up, Focused on Four Areas Service Level Management >All Tier 1, 2, 3 Support Groups in Operations >Set and manage expectations internal/external to Operations related to responsiveness and resolution of production issues Change Management >Provide oversight and control of the production environment >Minimize risk and impact from change activities Release Management >Development Operations >Minimize poor quality production releases Enterprise Security >Compliance, control, audit

13 12 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Operations Maturity: Common Language and Best Practices Production Improvement Program (PIP) >Foundation in IT Service Management, ITIL, CobIT >Focusing on four main areas: Service Level Mgmt, Change Mgmt, Release Mgmt, and Production Security >Over the past four months, 20% of Operations staff have now attended ITIL Training >1 Master Level Certified (two more pending results) >12 Practitioner Level Trained in CCR Quadrant >8 Change Management Practitioner Certified (more pending results) >4 Configuration Management Practitioner Certified >Over 130 Foundation Level Trained and Certified

14 13 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Production Improvement Program Release Planning Dev / Procurement Release Design, Build Release Acceptance Roll-out Planning Comm, Prep, Training Distribution/ Installation Policy, Procedures, Standards & Guidelines Security Consulting Security Assessment Security Monitoring STATUS CHANGE (1) Prioritization, Risk Assessment and Forward Schedule of Change STATUS CHANGE (2) Change Approval and Proj. Service Availability STATUS CHANGE (3) Final Change Approval and Implementation Corp Project Ops Project Non-Project Prod Sec REQUEST FOR CHANGE (RFC) CLOSED RFC STATUS CHANGE (4) Review Changes Security Test & Sign off Release Mgt Change Mgt Mutual Benefit from EarthLinks Innovation and Advanced Use of Micromuse Products Micromuse OMNIbus, Impact, Webtop, RAD Source: EarthLink SLM Group Metrics & Reporting

15 14 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Source: Edward de Bono EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

16 15 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. EarthLink and Micromuse Facts Very Early Netcool Adopter >EarthLink (Mindspring) was Micromuses first US customer >Began evaluating Micromuse Netcool in 1996, official customer April 1997 Early Innovation >Early joint innovation and development helped build foundation for many of Micromuses key products Driving 3 rd Party Vendor Integration & Partnerships >Much more than just sending SNMP TRAPs EarthLink requires in-depth integration with Micromuse suite Current Deployment >Netcool OMNIbus, Internet Service Monitors, SM Reporter, Desktop Clients, Webtop, Impact, numerous Gateways, Probes, Data Source Adaptors >Preparing for OMNIbus v7 migration, RAD 2.0 >Plan to evaluate Precision

17 16 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Moving Beyond MoM and Apple Pie EarthLinks Early Micromuse Netcool Deployment >Focused on Netcool as the Manager of Managers or MoM >Needed during EarthLinks rapid growth and expansion >Enabled event management eliminated swivel chair NOC Apple Pie is Event Correlation and Deduplication >The Netcool sweet spot was providing EarthLink with event correlation and deduplication >Enables Tier 1 and Tier 2 break/fix support groups to operate efficiently Focus now on End-to-End Service Management >Netcool Suite allows EarthLink to manage entire service >We can understand service relationships, service levels, and service impact; perform service modeling and service discovery >Enables impact assessment, prioritization, understanding full service delivery chain >Eliminate needle in the haystack approach of event management

18 17 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. The Service IS Important End-to-End Service Management and Monitoring >End-to-End service monitoring is my teams #1 goal! >Providing that all layers (L1-L7) of the infrastructure are thoroughly instrumented, real-time monitoring of the true end-to-end service is possible >Service discovery, topology, dependency mapping, and change control ARE REQUIRED for highly accurate service monitoring >Intimate Service and Infrastructure Knowledge can be instrumented >Developers and support staff have deep understanding of how our services operate and their unique operational characteristics and dependencies >This knowledge can be programmatically instrumented and monitored, correlated, analyzed, and presented in real-time >Immediate notification to support groups when service infrastructure capabilities or performance degrades

19 18 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Service Management Complexity Good Customer Experience? Performance? Infrastructure Events to Netcool Source: EarthLink Product Group

20 19 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Service Management Complexity Number of Components Time (24x7x365) Infrastructure Changes Infrastructure Events D D DDDD D D DDDD DDDD DDDD DDDD Event information increases exponentially by amount of number of components, time (growth), and infrastructure changes Over 1500 Servers, 2300 Network Elements, and 20K Interfaces/Circuits Netcool/ObjectServer is a must have for effectively managing service event stream from end-to-end Impact 3.0s cluster capability will greatly improve ability to analyze, enrich, suppress, and manage event stream regardless of our growth Source: EarthLink Product Group

21 20 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. The Customer IS Important Customer Experience Management and Monitoring >The Micromuse Netcool Suite enables consolidation and understanding of proactive, real-time monitoring of the customers experience for core EarthLink services >Proactive, real-time monitoring of the customers experience >Traditional Infrastructure Monitoring (SNMP, System Agents, Service Port Monitoring) >Synthetic transaction monitoring >Customer Agent based monitoring, >Agentless application, transaction, and customer performance monitoring (Emerging) >Becomes the glue that ties infrastructure monitoring together >Powerful information when customer experience and infrastructure monitoring data is correlated, analyzed, and presented in real-time >Immediate notification to support groups when customers experience degrades

22 21 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. The Business IS Important Business Activity Monitoring and Management >Expands IT Operations visibility vertically and horizontally >Ties IT Operations data and Business data together >System Downtime vs. Contact Center Call Volume >Real-Time Customer Subscriptions vs. Sales Forecasts >Almost any process can be instrumented and monitored in real- time, have policies applied to it, and be presented in a dashboard or portal for presentation >Enables Real Time Monitoring and Management of Business and IT processes >Change and Downtime Management >Customer Registration Management

23 22 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got. Source: From a speech, unattributed Enabling ITIL Best Practices with the Micromuse Suite

24 23 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Enabling ITIL Best Practices Incident and Problem Management >IM: Low level event classification, service dependencies, full integration with Remedy, Service Management DB (SMDB) >PM: Long-term historical event database for trend research, Service Management DB (SMDB) Change and Release Management >CM: Change Management System (CMS/RFC), Service Management DB (SMDB), service dependencies, impact on infrastructure from changes or downtimes >RM: Monitoring can greatly help in the development, test, and staging environments PRIOR to release to production Performance and Availability Management >PM/AM: Continuous low-level element and system level testing and data collection, trending, reporting, and alerting Capacity Management >CM: Continuous low-level element and system data collection, trending, reporting, and alerting

25 24 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. SMDB Information about end-to-end service, service dependencies, relationships, topology, elements, production status, etc. Self-serve customer interfaces into the service management and monitoring process Auto-provision monitoring on all applications reduce administrative overhead Not a low-level configuration management database (CMDB), but could be the virtual high-level CMDB SMDB Modules Change Management System (CMS) / Downtime Request (DTR) All RFCs/DTRs managed from within the SMDB complex, full lifecycle management, full risk and approval matrices, service management policies, interested parties Impact of changes/downtimes immediately known within infrastructure through Impact 3.0 integration, policy creation, and event management Element Management (network, server, application), ISM Creation, Agent Configuration, etc. Service Management Policies Information about customer and business defined service management policies, SLA/OLAs, etc. Service Management Database: ITIL/PIP & Service Management

26 25 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Service Management Database: ITIL/PIP & Service Management Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

27 26 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. What gets measured, gets done! Source: Tom Peters Business Process Monitoring – ITIL Change Management

28 27 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Overview – Controlling Change and Benefits Drivers >Adoption of ITIL/COBIT Best Practices for Change Management >Significant change for many groups – Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt (FUD) >No Real-Time Visibility into Change/Downtime Management Activities >Business Process >Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How, Cost, Risk, and Impact >Workflow – Monitor Lifecycle, SLAs, Bottlenecks – Is the process enabling Operations or is it a bottleneck? >Impact on Infrastructure – False Positives, Contact Center Call Volume (COGS) >Drive out False Positives from Production Monitoring Systems >Huge burden on NOC and other support staff >Desire to have Automated Remedy Trouble Ticket Creation >Reduce time to address problems, reduces MTTR

29 28 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Enabling Change Management with Netcool Suite Solution >Provide Real-Time Visibility into Change/Downtime Process >Create Actionable Information >Ensure Business Rules are Guiding/Enabling the Process – Not Hindering It >Eliminate FUD >Report (dashboards, reports) on Process and Impact >NOC and other support groups know whats happening during change and downtime windows >Management has oversight and visibility >Business understands impact of change and downtime activity

30 29 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

31 30 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

32 31 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

33 32 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Business Activity Monitoring Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

34 33 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. RAD 2.0 Presentation Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

35 34 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Netcool Event Management Change/Downtime Request Events Suppressed Change/Downtime Activity Events Change / Downtime Status Event Suppressed by Change / Downtime Change / Downtime ID Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

36 35 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Future Enhancements Planned Netcool/Impact Policies >Impact on EarthLink >COGS: Assess support cost impact due to change and downtime activities within Operations and Customer Support in Real-Time >Tier 1, 2, 3 Support Cycles >Better Change and Release Management Planning >Data Gap Management >A common question: Why does my chart or graph have gaps? >The solution: Annotate graphs, charts, portals, etc. with the reason for data gaps caused by planned change/downtime activities >How: Integrate change and downtime event information with all performance, utilization, and capacity monitoring solutions via Impact 3.0

37 36 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Business Activity Monitoring: Real-Time Customer Registration Dashboard RAD 2.0 Joint Development Source: EarthLink Service and Technology Monitoring

38 37 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. We have a strategic plan. Its called doing things. Source: Herb Kelleher Continuous Improvement

39 38 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Continuous Improvement >Making Applications Monitoring Aware and Netcool Ready >Work with developers on getting a monitoring API embedded into applications >Every application and tier linked into Netcool directly (not through server agent) >Discovery, Topology, Dependency Modeling >Monitoring accuracy and root cause depend on this! >Need solution for Layer 1-7, likely two solutions (L1-3 & L4-7) >Application, Transaction and Customer Performance Monitoring >Synthetic transactions only get us so far…but will continue to evolve >Dont forget about client-server – everything isnt web enabled! >Agentless technologies are emerging to accurately map out application and transaction flows, relationships, and topology >Next (2 nd /3 rd ) Generation Quality, Performance, Capacity, Utilization solution needed >Services, Applications, Servers, Storage, Network

40 39 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Continuous Improvement Building better Network and Systems Management >Founded Atlanta Network and Systems Management Technical User Group (ANSMTUG) in January 2004 >http://www.ansmtug.orghttp://www.ansmtug.org >Metro-Atlanta Fortune 100, Service Providers, Enterprise, Media, and Emerging Technology Companies >Bell South, The Home Depot, EarthLink, Southern Company, N2 Broadband, eDeltacom, Delta, CNN, Cingular, E*Trade, Knology Broadband, Cox Communications >Customers helping Customers >Use Micromuse and other NSM products better >Collectively drive product requirements and features into Micromuse and other NSM vendors

41 40 Copyright © 2004 Micromuse Inc. All rights reserved. Closing and Questions and Answers >EarthLink is a happy Micromuse customer >EarthLink depends on the Netcool suites openness, flexibility and adaptability to keep up with innovation, technology, and constant change >EarthLink will continue to push the Netcool suite beyond the sales and marketing slick >EarthLinks infrastructure, service, customer, and business performance and availability continues to improve because of our advanced use of the Netcool suite >Q&A


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