Change is a fact of life in the data center. From provisioning new servers to deploying patches and updating configurations, the only certainty is that your servers are different today than yesterday--and tomorrow they'll change again.
Vendors are pushing automated SCM (server configuration management) to help get a handle on all this change. The more tasks that can be automated, the more time and money IT can save. Automation systems enforce processes that ensure unplanned changes don't disrupt critical business services, and even help meet compliance goals by tracking and reporting on all modifications.