Different constituencies require different perspectives. These perspectives will not all be served by the same views into the systems. Just as the question, “How’s the weather?” means very different things to a gardener, a pilot, and a meteorologist, the question, “How’s it going?” means something decidedly distinct when coming from the CEO or the system administrator.

Historical Trending

History is a fairly plastic word. There aren’t too many fields in which “last week” is a plausible definition of “history.” That might be the only connection between the worlds of IT operations and high fashion.

Still, even if myopic, we have to be concerned about historical views. Despite the Wall Street--style disclaimers,[93] it is possible ...

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