In this Introduction, I briefly introduce configuration management (CM) and some basic information on how you might approach implementing CM best practices. It is common for organizations to focus on implementing only a very narrow functional area to address a specific goal or problem. In practice, this might be a perfectly fine thing to do, but it is also important to understand how each functional area of CM impacts the other. It has been my personal experience that CM consists of six functional areas, which I will describe below and throughout this book. Implementing good CM is not easy and requires a considerable amount of hard work. This introduction will help us start our journey.