Infrastructure management is classified as – Systems management, Network management, and Storage management. Many vendors both big and small – such as HP, IBM, Microsoft – provide Infrastructure management products, with varying degrees of complexity.
Among other purposes, infrastructure management seeks to:
Reduce duplication of effort
Ensure adherence to standards
Increase the quality of information flowing through an IT system
Promote adaptability necessary for a changeable environment
Ensure inter-operability among organizational and external entities
Maintain effective change management policies and practices
Typically, due to project constraints, planning and effective management of infrastructure is given lower priority – thereby causing long-term damage to the health of the IT systems – and therefore impacting the organization financially. According to IDC, a prominent research firm (cited in an article in DMReview), investments in infrastructure management have the largest single impact on an organization’s revenue.