The Risks of Manual Change Management
If you’re using a manual change management method, you could be risking prolonged downtime, product quality, safety, and security. How? Let’s use an example of equipment failure. If device A fails, you have to quickly locate the most recent backup, if one even exists. If no recent backup exists, you have to rewrite and test a new program version. Even if you do find a backup, how confident are you that it is the right one? You could restore an incorrect or outdated program version unknowingly.
Even outside of disaster recovery, there are risks to manual change management. What if an unauthorized change is made? Are you sure that you’d be able to notice even the smallest difference? If you don’t have a way of detecting changes automatically, how can you be sure? Are you able to easily prepare for audits and adhere to regulatory requirements? If you’re expecting your team to manually document the changes they make, you’re relying heavily on an error-prone process.