IBM Runbook Automation and IBM Alert Notification deliver more agile, automated operations management

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-031
February 16, 2016


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IBM® Runbook Automation

Runbook Automation empowers your IT Operations teams to be more efficient, effective, and reliable. Operators can focus their attention where it is most urgently needed with event-triggered guidance and automated tasks. They can receive guidance to the best resolution with recommended actions and prefilled context, and improve reliability with the relevant information needed to act quickly and consistently.

With Runbook Automation, you can:

  • Increase efficiency by getting rid of the noise and running lean operations.
  • Improve effectiveness by solving problems faster and running agile operations.
  • Strengthen reliability by controlling your operations with consistent and automated responses.

IBM Alert Notification

Alert Notification allows your IT staff to get instant notification of alerts for any critical IT issues. Without addressing these issues in an expedient manner, you will end up affecting your business performance, leading to unsatisfied customers and lost revenue.

With Alert Notification, you can:

  • Never miss your actionable critical alerts.
  • Immediately route alerts to the right people.
  • Speed alert response with automated escalation policies.


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IBM Runbook Automation

Runbook Automation empowers your IT Operations teams to automate common tasks, and communicate and share knowledge in order to expedite fixing common operational problems. You can create and execute runbooks and automated tasks for faster, more repeatable and consistent problem investigation, diagnosis, and resolution.

IBM Alert Notification

Alert Notification allows your IT Operations teams to instantly deliver notifications of problem occurrences in your IT Operations environment using automated communication methods such as email, SMS, and voice messaging. They can use custom groups to send alerts to all the right people for a problem or class of problems. Groups can be created based on administrative roles, application names, department names, or other criteria. Custom filters can be created for alerting different users based on incident type and severity.

Alert Notification allows your IT Operations teams to save time and money by directing actionable alerts to the appropriate people or groups at the appropriate time.  Alert Notification offers standard integration with IBM Netcool® Operations Insight and Runbook Automation. Alert Notification offers additional integration through the REST API to help extend the capabilities to all of the sources in your environment.



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  • Internet connection
  • Supported browser


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Planned availability date
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February 19, 2016



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IBM Runbook Automation

Runbook Automation is an easy-to-use service that helps IT Operations management teams to simplify and automate organizational complexity, varying skill sets, confusing alert noise, and reliance on too much manual effort. These issues all contribute to persistent delays, disruptions, and risk of error.

Runbook Automation provides the following capabilities for creating, managing, and executing guided tasks and automated activity:

  • Simple creation of event triggered operational guidance and automated tasks:
    • Empowering event-triggered automation and knowledge capture for critical operations management workflows.  Your operations teams can create, test, and publish operational automation through guided runbooks to easily create incremental push button automation up to full hands-off automation.
    • Since IT Operations teams have varying skill sets and resource availability, Runbook Automation is designed to provide flexibility in the way you can author and enable runbook execution. The default progression of creating runbooks include manual runbooks, semi-automated runbooks, and fully automated runbooks.
    • Manual runbooks: A step-by-step runbook that describes the exact manually driven procedures an operator has to follow using standard tools accessed from the environment.
    • Semi-automated runbooks: Each step describes exactly what an operator has to do, with the added benefit of predefined automated steps that the operator executes. The operator simply pushes a button to execute an automated task on a target system.
    • Fully automated runbooks: The runbook is selected by the system in response to a trigger and executed without operator attention.
  • Event-triggered automated guidance and actions:
    • Empowering event-triggered automation and knowledge capture for critical operations management workflows to automatically direct operations teams to fix problems faster.
    • Operations programmers, subject matter experts, or architects are able to configure an event trigger using the Runbook Automation Trigger Service to enable IT Operations events in their IBM Netcool OMNIbus event management tool to direct (through a link in the IBM Netcool OMNIbus Event Console) the IT operator or other operations staff to the runbooks relevant to the event.
  • Flexible interoperability with management and collaboration tools, both cloud based and on-premises:
    • Create runbook content and manage it in the cloud, and execute automated tasks locally.
    • Runbook Automation is designed to provide immediate complementary value to on-premises Netcool OMNIbus organizations through a hybrid cloud service model.
  • Runbook execution tracking statistics:
    • As operations teams use runbooks and follow guided steps, activity is automatically tracked as each step is completed.
    • Once the entire activity is completed, users can click to rate their experience using the runbooks and easily provide feedback to the runbook authors.
    • Operations managers can see how frequently runbooks are used, how long the runbook tasks take, and the runbook user favorability ratings.
    • These statistics enable operations managers to identify opportunities for implementing automation and tracking progression of improvements.

IBM Alert Notification

Alert Notification is an easy-to-use, simple notification service that meets the increasing demand for agility and efficient collaboration among IT Operations team members who use multiple monitoring tools. It gives IT staff instant notification of alerts for any issues in your IT Operations environment, optimizing your business performance, increasing customer satisfaction, and protecting revenue. Since Alert Notification is provided as a service, the required server infrastructure is installed and managed by IBM, reducing your time to value and offering low-maintenance ownership.

  • Custom IT environment monitoring:
    • Alert Notification offers easy-to-implement filtering of alerts, for example, on the severity of problems, so that you can focus on the real problems and disregard the noise in your IT environment. You can create custom groups of contacts to reflect the structure of your organization, so that the right notifications reach the right staff, streamlining and simplifying the process of determining who to contact when specific problems occur and how to contact them.
  • Notification channels:
    • Define the IT subject matter experts who can respond to problems in your environment and store their contact details in Alert Notification so that they can be automatically notified of problems in their area of responsibility. Users can be organized into groups and you can send notifications to several users at once. Notifications can be sent by email, SMS, and voice message.
  • Alert management and notifications:
    • Policy-based notifications let you define which alerts you want Alert Notification to notify you about. You can create filters based on the alerts that occur in your IT environment, customize the filters, and assign users and groups who are notified when matching problems occur. Unacknowledged alerts can be escalated after a set time period to the appropriate contact. Filters such as the severity and status of alerts can be created for your IT monitoring requirements.
  • Alert viewer:
    • Monitor the status of alerts and notifications online, perform actions on alerts, and track them in realtime. Alert severities enable you to easily prioritize your to do list. The notification state allows you to track alerts from their receipt by the system through acknowledgment to resolution. You can track changes in the Alert History. You can use predefined and real-time filters to change which alerts you want to see.

Utilizing the capabilities in Alert Notification can empower you to improve responsiveness, save resolution time, and focus resources on actionable notifications requiring immediate attention.



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5725-Y61 SaaS IBM Runbook Automation
5725-Y73 SaaS IBM Alert Notification


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Visit the IBM Knowledge Center for more information about IBM Runbook Automation and IBM Alert Notification.



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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

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Product Group: Middleware

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IBM Runbook Automation(5725-Y61)
IBM Alert Notification(5725-Y73)

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IBM Runbook Automation (5725-Y61)  
SaaS per Instance Monthly Subscription with Support D1KIZLL
SaaS per Instance Overage D1KKMLL
   
IBM Alert Notification (5725-Y73)  
SaaS per Authorized User Monthly Subscription with Support D1KJDLL
SaaS per Authorized User Overage D1KJELL

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IBM Runbook Automation 5725-Y61 Per Instance per month 12 months
IBM Alert Notification 5725-Y73 Per Authorized User per month 12 months

IBM Runbook Automation

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An Instance is an administrative subscription with a unique domain of control empowering configuration control of Runbook Automation content, authoring, access, and execution.

Note: Instance is independent of the size of the organization. If you have only one administrative subscription and set of domain rules, then you only need one Runbook Automation Instance. Larger companies may need more than one Runbook Automation Instance.

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IBM Alert Notification

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