Like so many other types of policies for IT management, "change control" policy is used to govern the means and methods by which technology change is planned, approved and implemented. The goals are simple - to embrace required change, avoid unneccessary change and ensure that all approved change is implemented with minimal disruption to ongoing operations. This is a big task - read on to learn how it works.
Technology change is inevitable, whether it relates to systems administration, hardware configuration, software updates, or other maintenance obligations. As a standardized IT management practice, IT change control is used to support changing business and technology needs, designed to maintain overall stability, security and reliability. Technology change is beneficial, but it can also be disruptive. Quality change control practices must be designed to realize every benefit, while minimizing related problems.
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The basic principles for managing "technology change" can be broken down into four (4) categories for simplified planning, covering technology use, change control targets, change delivery mechanisms and change "purpose".
Change control policy development begins with a comprehensive needs assessment, executed to establish the basis upon which policy terms and variables will be created.
The "define, align, and approve" management methodology provides an standardized roadmap for policy planning, development and implementation).
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