It is a great pleasure to write the foreword to this IBM Press book on Policy Technologies for Self-Managing Systems.

Self-management of IT systems and processes is a stated goal of the IBM Autonomic Computing initiative, which I have led for the past six years. Simply put, autonomic systems should shift more of the burden of operational decision making from people to the technology, allowing people more time for truly creative activities. In this model, IT systems sense and respond to changing conditions resulting from component failures, workload changes, environmental changes, and so on. Obviously, such characteristics offer the ability to reduce labor costs, improve reliability, utilize equipment more effectively, and many other ...

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