It’s here! We’ve released the 2019.02 version of Network Operations Management (NOM).
The Network Operations Management 2019.02 release marks a new cadence of releases. Previously, we released updates every quarter for both NNMi, NA, and NOM. NNMi and NA have updated their release cadence to every 6 months with the last release (2018.11) in November. This release, however, is only for NOM and it offers something that customers have been talking about for some time – a new user interface. If you attended ITOM Summit or a recent webinar, you’ll know our team has been working hard on a new UI as a new capability for Network Operations Management.
So, what’s the best way to upgrade to NOM? Our Customer Appreciation Program (CAP) allows customers to take advantage of all our new capabilities and extend the value of their current solution whether they have Network Node Manager, Network Automation, or both products. We’ve seen a huge uptake in CAP over the past two quarters as customers recognize the value of NOM over the two products: Here’s a couple of key benefits:
- Change-correlated performance graphs where you can see whether a recent config change has an impact on multiple performance vectors
- Cost effective management of workloads and ping-only devices with 1/10 of a node license usage
- Access to Business Value Dashboards and Operations Orchestration for network-oriented tasks
- A new workflow driven and persona-based user interface.
And, we’re grateful for the confidence that customers are showing us, both in terms of attendance at events like ITOM Summit and the upcoming Micro Focus Universe, and their willingness to expand their capabilities by moving up to Network Operations Management.
Now, let’s talk about this new UI. Is the tried and true NNM UI with all the great graphs and troubleshooting flows is going away? Nope, we’re keeping both the existing UIs for Network Node Manager and Network Automation and we’re adding, for our NOM customers, the brand new workflow-enabled UI. Our first workflow in the new UI is focused on compliance remediation is designed to step the user through the process to making not only updating the device shown in the topology map, but also identify and remediate against other similar devices. Below, we see where device mplsp02 is listed as out of compliance.
By clicking into the topology and to the rule violation, we can see other devices also impacted.
Then, by deploying a Change Plan, the two devices can be updated – all through the primary workflow.
If you want more info, you can get all the details on it in our Practitioner Portal.
Finally, I recently asked a room full of practitioners about which version they’ve deployed in their environment. And, not surprisingly, most were significantly behind in deployment of our latest releases. Our new releases continue to incorporate significant automated testing fuelled by our test-based development which results in significantly higher product quality. But, as customers, you can’t see that difference if you haven’t upgraded. So, our R&D team is working feverishly on a “bridge release” that will help you leapfrog to the latest version even if your well behind in your deployments. As always, there are no guarantees in software development in terms of actual delivery date, but we will keep you informed as we get closer to offering that capability.
In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to deploy NOM 2019.02 in your lab to experience the capabilities and new UI yourself. And, if you want to provide input into the new UI, we would love to hear from you!
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