Eliminating IT Silos with Unified Monitoring


Break down the barriers of IT silos and unlock the full potential of your organization with unified monitoring.

The push toward digital transformation has led many organizations to acquire and utilize silos of tools to manage different IT resources. This trend leads to a proliferation of disparate tools that do not always work together cohesively, leading to operational inefficiencies, increased complexity, and reduced productivity.

Furthermore, having different tools to monitor and manage different components in an IT environment can also create data silos. If data is stored in different systems and formats, it can be difficult to aggregate and analyze data in a meaningful way. This can prevent organizations from gaining insights into the overall health of the entire IT infrastructure, identifying trends, and making data-driven decisions.

To overcome these challenges, organizations are turning to unified monitoring solutions that provide a single platform for monitoring and managing IT resources. By consolidating data from multiple systems, teams can gain a holistic view of the entire IT infrastructure, identify and address issues more quickly, and make informed decisions based on data-driven insights.

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Probing IT Silos: Impact and Challenges

Breaking the Barriers of IT Silos with Unified Monitoring

From Silos to Synergy: IT-Conductor as a Unified Monitoring Solution

Probing IT Silos: Impact and Challenges

Rushing ahead without fully understanding the impact of IT silos and the accompanying challenges can steer organizations down a path of misguided strategies and missed opportunities. In this section, let’s delve deeper into the profound consequences that can arise from overlooking the complexities of IT silos.

Impact and Challenges of IT SilosFigure 1: Impact and Challenges of IT Silos

Operational Inefficiencies and Team Conflicts

When different teams use different tools to monitor and manage different IT resources, they often end up duplicating efforts especially when conducting root cause analysis (RCA). This duplication of efforts not only wastes valuable time and resources but can also cause conflict among teams.

For instance, one team may investigate an incident using their specialized toolset, while another team, unaware of the ongoing investigation, starts from scratch using a different tool. This redundancy prolongs the time it takes to identify the root cause of a problem and often leads to finger-pointing between teams instead of a collective effort to resolve the issue. Ever been to a major incident bridge call where people are always on the verge of cursing one another?

This lack of shared understanding across teams and departments stems from the dilemma of having a fragmented IT environment with siloed tools and disjointed workflows. This fragmentation creates communication gaps, hinders cross-functional collaboration, and worst of all, fosters a detrimental environment for innovation, teamwork, and overall organizational success. It undermines the spirit of cooperation, stifles creativity, and limits the organization's ability to adapt and thrive in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Counterproductive Measures and Increased Complexity

The siloed nature of tools also results in counterproductive measures and increased complexity. As each tool has its own configuration, user interface, and data storage, it can be challenging to manage and maintain a multitude of tools. This complexity creates information asymmetry, making it difficult to correlate events, understand dependencies, and identify the impact of one component on another.

For instance, an incident ticket was raised to investigate the slowness experienced by end users when using a particular application. The Service Desk Analyst or anyone from the Level 1 Support Team will most likely transfer the incident ticket to the Application Team. However, due to the siloed nature of tools, the Application Team may have limited visibility into the underlying infrastructure supporting the application. If the root cause of the slowness is related to network issues, the Application Team may not have the necessary insights or tools to diagnose and address the problem effectively.

In such cases, the incident ticket is then transferred to the Network Team for further investigation. This handoff not only introduces delays but also requires additional communication and coordination between two teams, contributing to a fragmented incident resolution process.

Valuable insights and lessons learned from incidents are often confined to individual teams, limiting the organization’s ability to leverage collective expertise. This perpetuates a culture of isolated decision-making, hindering the organization’s capacity to make informed, data-driven decisions that encompass the broader IT landscape.

Escalating Costs in Training, Maintenance, and Support

Having a multitude of tools also requires significant investments in training people. Each tool may require specialized knowledge and skills to use effectively, which can lead to a fragmented workforce with limited cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing. This fragmentation in the workforce also hinders scalability as the IT environment expands, making it harder to integrate systems and adapt to the changing business needs.

Moreover, the complexity of managing multiple tools increases the burden on IT teams as each tool requires its own maintenance. Engaging with vendor support also adds to the administrative overhead, further escalating costs.

Breaking the Barriers of IT Silos with Unified Monitoring

Unified monitoring helps organizations overcome the challenges of IT silos by providing a single, integrated view of the entire IT infrastructure. Unified monitoring solutions consolidate data from multiple sources into a single platform, enabling teams to easily recognize gaps, quickly identify and address issues, and collaborate more effectively.

Breaking the Barriers of IT Silos with Unified MonitoringFigure 2: Breaking the Barriers of IT Silos with Unified Monitoring

Holistic Approach to IT Operations

Unified monitoring presents a holistic approach to IT operations, transcending the limitations imposed by siloed tools. By providing a single platform to monitor and manage the entire IT infrastructure, organizations can gain a comprehensive view of systems, applications, networks, and more. This holistic perspective enables IT teams to understand the interdependencies and relationships between different components, facilitating proactive management and optimization of resources.

In IT-Conductor, you can see all your resources at a glance from the Service Grid. Whether systems are deployed on-premise or in the cloud, you can see them all from this view.

IT-Conductor Service GridFigure 3: IT-Conductor Service Grid

You can easily toggle the triangular arrow (►) as you drill down to your desired component.

With unified monitoring, organizations can easily identify potential bottlenecks and/or performance issues across the entire IT landscape. This holistic approach empowers IT teams to make informed decisions, improve overall operational efficiency, and deliver better business outcomes.

Learn more about Application Performance Management and Infrastructure Monitoring.

Enhanced Collaboration

Shared visibility through unified monitoring empowers teams to work together seamlessly, share insights, and collaborate more effectively. With a unified monitoring platform, teams can access real-time data, alerts, and visualizations, enabling them to have a common understanding of the IT environment.

In IT-Conductor, you have the flexibility to configure the delivery of IT-Conductor Alerts to various Service Desk applications, such as Derdack EA and Jira, where they can be treated as incidents.

MS Teams and Slack Integration Providers in IT-ConductorFigure 4: MS Teams and Slack Integration Providers in IT-Conductor

Alternatively, users can opt to receive these alerts as message posts within chat and collaboration services like Microsoft Teams and Slack.
Slack Integration with IT-ConductorFigure 5: Slack Integration with IT-Conductor


This versatility allows organizations to customize the notification delivery to suit their preferred workflows and ensure seamless integration with their existing IT Service Management (ITSM) and collaboration tools.

This shared visibility also promotes cross-functional collaboration, as teams can align their efforts and collectively address issues more efficiently. It breaks down communication barriers and fosters a culture of collaboration, where expertise and knowledge can be shared across departments.

Better Data Aggregation and Analysis

Unified monitoring solutions consolidate data from multiple systems and sources into a single platform, enabling efficient data aggregation and analysis. This centralized approach eliminates data silos, allowing organizations to gain meaningful insights into the overall health of the entire IT infrastructure, identify trends, and make data-driven decisions.

Monitoring in IT-Conductor is built around two concepts — Threshold and Override:

  • Threshold defines the specific aspects of what to monitor, particularly the object (or multiple objects) and their associated attributes that contain the monitored values.
  • Override defines how the object will be monitored, specifically referring to the threshold values used to trigger status change and alert generation.

Regardless of the system type to be monitored, everything will be treated as an object. This allows IT-Conductor to orchestrate different IT components, leveraging the parallel processing engine that lets you better manage distributed systems and implement cohesive strategies for optimizing performance.

Simplified Troubleshooting

With unified monitoring, troubleshooting becomes more streamlined and efficient. Instead of navigating through multiple tools and user interfaces, IT teams can access a centralized platform that provides a holistic view of the IT environment. This simplifies the troubleshooting process, accelerates root cause analysis, and enables faster incident resolution, minimizing downtime and improving service levels.

IT-Conductor leverages time-synchronized troubleshooting where data, including metrics and alerts, are synchronized in time. When services consist of multiple technology components, it is critical to collect data from these components in the same time series to enable:

  • Visual Correlation - Visualizing synchronized data facilitates the identification of patterns, anomalies, and trends, aiding in troubleshooting and problem resolution.
  • Statistical Correlation - Time series data, when aligned, form a solid foundation for conducting various statistical analyses. Statistical methods such as calculating averages, identifying spikes, and detecting deviations become more effective, enabling easier identification of root causes and understanding of system behavior.
  • Benchmarking and Baselines - By comparing data from different time periods (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, etc.), organizations can establish benchmarks and baselines. These comparisons provide reference points for evaluating performance, detecting variations, and identifying areas that require attention or improvement.

By ensuring time synchronization and alignment of data, organizations can unlock the power of visual and statistical correlation while establishing benchmarks and baselines. This comprehensive approach enhances troubleshooting capabilities, promotes data-driven decision-making, and ultimately leads to more efficient and reliable IT operations.

Optimized Cost

Unified monitoring eliminates the need for maintaining and managing multiple siloed tools. By consolidating monitoring capabilities into a single platform, organizations can optimize costs associated with tool licensing, maintenance, training, and support. The streamlined approach also reduces administrative overhead, allowing IT resources to be utilized more efficiently and effectively, resulting in cost savings and improved return on investment (ROI).

Increased Productivity

Lastly, unified monitoring enables teams to save valuable time and effort by accessing all relevant information from one centralized location. Navigating through multiple tools and interfaces is no longer needed, reducing the risk of errors and delays. This streamlined approach enables quicker identification and resolution of issues, minimizing downtime and improving overall system performance.

Moreover, unified monitoring provides advanced automation capabilities. By leveraging automation, routine tasks can be automated, freeing up teams to focus on more value-adding activities.

From Silos to Synergy: IT-Conductor as a Unified Monitoring Solution

Silos of tools can cause significant challenges for organizations managing complex IT environments. Operational inefficiencies, increased complexity, and escalating costs are all common issues when different teams from different departments use different tools to manage different IT resources. Unified monitoring solutions can help organizations overcome these challenges by providing a single, integrated view of the entire IT infrastructure. With a unified monitoring solution, teams can collaborate more easily, increase productivity, and reduce costs.

IT-Conductor is at the forefront of unified monitoring, empowering organizations to break free from silos and embrace a more streamlined and efficient approach to IT operations. By consolidating data from diverse systems, IT-Conductor delivers a comprehensive view of the entire IT landscape, enabling proactive monitoring, rapid issue resolution, and data-driven decision-making. With its advanced features and seamless integration capabilities, IT-Conductor equips organizations with the tools needed to drive operational excellence, foster collaboration, and unlock the true potential of the IT infrastructure.

Make IT-Conductor your trusted partner in transitioning from silos to synergy. Experience the power of unified monitoring and take control of your IT operations like never before.

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