Before a global consulting firm integrated new software into its
5-terabyte database, the company’s IT staff spent so much time cleaning
up their information that bigger projects had to take a back seat.
IT workers at Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and
outsourcing company based in Lincolnshire, Il., had gotten used to
spending many tedious hours searching through their IBM Lotus Domino
servers and racking through confusing Domino logs to determine which
applications weren’t being used, costing the company lots of hard drive
space and money.
To solve this problem they recently started using DYS Analytics’ Control
Usage Investigator (CUI) software.
Now, Hewitt’s IT staff can work on other projects while the CUI program
cleans up their servers, says Scott Pitts, manager of Hewitt’s Knowledge
Management Infrastructure Group.
”(CUI) is saving us money,” says Pitts. ”We don’t need people to
baby-sit the servers anymore.”
The CUI program is DYS’ answer to an IT need to make messaging and
collaboration applications run more efficiently, says Drew Wolff, vice
president of products at DYS. He says CUI software monitors and analyzes
application usage, and traffic and performance levels throughout entire
networks, allowing organizations to determine which applications were
being used and which ones were simply wasting time and money.
Prior to adopting the CUI software, Pitts says his IT staff had to look
through Domino logs to figure out which applications and user ID’s were
no longer needed. This process was time consuming and expensive, he adds.
”It was too much to check through by hand,” says Pitts. ”The Domino
logs were hard to understand. We were not doing it efficiently.”
Matt Cain, a Domino analyst at META Group, Inc., a Stamford, Conn.-based
analyst and research firm, says the CUI software solves a business
problem created by the excessive amounts of unused Lotus Notes
applications running on Domino systems.
”A tech-savvy business person can write his own Domino applications
easily, which ends up with lots of applications going unused,” says
Cain. ”Some companies have thousands of Lotus applications with 20 to 30
percent not being used, just taking up space. This creates a liability on
CUI spots these unused applications and cleans up systems, Cain explains.
And Pitt adds that by eliminating such idle applications, the IT staff at
Hewitt was able to free up a lot of hard disc space.
”We aren’t spending money on adding new disc space to the servers
because of databases that aren’t being used,” says Pitt.
The CUI software also allows Hewitt IT staff to work on other important
projects, instead of manually searching through the servers for these
”We used to have to do about 20 percent of this work by hand,” says
Pitts. ”If there were less than five people using a database, it was
hard to tell that when reading a log.”
DYS’ CUI is designed to solve such problems.
The Wellesley, Mass.-based provider of application performance software
released the CUI product as part of its CONTROL! family of application
performance management solutions for collaboration environments this past
January. While DYS currently offers solutions for Microsoft Exchange, IBM
Lotus Domino, IBM Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing (formerly
Sametime), and IBM Team Workplace, the CUI is used solely with IBM Lotus
”CUI provides analysis reports of what’s happening with the
collaboration of an application so IT can ‘efficientize’ this (process),
reduce the cost of ownership and increase the quality of service,” says
He also notes that beside its database-clean-up capabilities, CUI also
picks out which user profiles are not needed. Employees frequently come
and go in organizations for a variety of reasons. CUI determines when an
employee has left the company, or is on a leave of absence.
”Instead of having to go out and buy new user licences from platform
vendors, IT can recycle or retire the ID for the next employee,” says
Wolff. ”This also saves on maintenance fees.”
Wolff also says CUI’s Application Rationalization abilities are aimed at
organizations with remote offices. The software determines which
applications should be placed on the remote offices’ networks, as well as
where it’s not efficient to install them.
Pitts says Hewitt has about 87 worldwide remote offices, and about 300
global Domino servers, with more than 20,000 desktops accessing Domino
applications. He says these networks are much easier to monitor with the
”We get monthly reports which help us keep track of what is being
replicated… and what replicated data is really needed,” says Pitts.
”CUI goes through and cleans up everything for us.”
Wolff adds the CUI software has a ”work flow process” designed to
assure that databases aren’t deleted before they need to be. A company
may only need an application at the end of the year, or a user ID may
simply be unused while the employee is out on a leave-of-absence. CUI is
designed to detect these special situations.
”As the company grows, people put stuff on the databases and it grows,”
says Pitts. ”Usually if you need to add (an application), you can delete
CUI has security benefits, as well. The software looks at who is using
which database and which users are trying to gain access to certain
information, as well as who shouldn’t be accessing a database, Wolff