The discipline to manage the entire life cycle of a software project is essential to having a complete configuration management process in place. Merely implementing a change control system only addresses part of the process and does not mean that an organization has a configuration management system in place. Organizations that implement configuration management usually begin by focusing on tools that the software provides rather than on the discipline required. Roundtable views the configuration management process as one that supports the complete life cycle of a software project, from design, to development to deployment, and provides the tools which define the process and reinforce the needed discipline.
Configuration Management Information System
For the purpose of maintaining software integrity, traceability, and accountability, Roundtable’s configuration management information system identifies the configuration of software at distinct points in the software development lifecycle and systematically controls changes to the configuration and all of its objects
Configuration Management Document
Roundtable makes it possible for everyone engaged in configuration management implementation to communicate and share information electronically. Specifically, Roundtable’s Windows and Unix/Linux clients are interoperable against the same repository providing the same functionality needed for desktop configuration management. Providing complete project oversight and control, Roundtable enables a project view at every stage of the development life cycle. All resources that make up an application – with descriptions, attributes, and cross-references – are viewed along with a complete dated history of changes. Roundtable’s extensive range of reports, for users, administrators and managers, provide essential configuration management documents which accurately record the complex and changing dependencies among the components of the software. Essential to managing the arrangement of all software system components and the relationships between them is timely and accurate configuration identification. Configuration identification involves decomposition of the system into smaller, more manageable modules. Roundtable’s configuration database management tools enable this by mapping of a logical configuration hierarchy to a physical configuration hierarchy. The logical configuration hierarchy provides a way to quickly define and illustrate the relationships between objects.