Formalizing The Practice Of Configuration Management In The MTR
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F Fabbian & K Lam
Configuration Management (CM) includes four main activities: Configuration Identification, Change Control, Status Accounting and Configuration Audits. During the construction or maintenance of a system, we usually arrange information in a structured manner and put identifying codes on objects or documents (i.e. Configuration Identification). We authorize and manage changes to the system (i.e. Change Control). We report the status of a system and previous changes carried out on the system (i.e. Status Accounting). We carry out audits to check if works are carried out according to the procedures (i.e. Configuration Audit). Configuration management activities are carried out but it is a practice that is seldom formalized. This paper discuss the organization, software tools used, approach and development process that leads to the successful implementation of CM.