To set up a robust, efficient IBM Business Monitor system, we, the administrators need to conduct a thorough self-education session beforehand. The WebSphere Business Monitor Checklist, which outlines most of the implementation considerations, is a good starting point. We also need to have a comprehensive understanding of the information center (v6.2, v7, and v7.5). In addition, Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about IBM Business Monitor is another valuable resource to help us plan, deploy, and troubleshoot.
In essence, we go through installation, configuration, model development and deployment, performance tuning, and troubleshooting to successfully deploy a WebSphere Business Monitor environment.
During the installation phase, we should verify that our system and the ID that is used for product installation meets the hardware, software, and authorization requirements.
The monitor configuration phase includes successfully configuring event distribution, security, CEI, scheduler; and additional service configuration in a network deployment environment, such as failover, database connectivity, Monitor bus, and messaging engine.
When designing and developing monitor models, we might take into consideration model versioning, trigger, usage of Deliver to all instances, event group versus monitoring context, naming scheme, and model structure.
There are many aspects to be considered when we tune our system to achieve optimal performance. These aspects include (non-exclusively) event rates, model complexity, topology, and system resources.