Would you share anonymized data about the configuration of your systems and networks if by contributing that data you were entitled to review the aggregated data (scrubbed of any personally identifiable information)?
As far as I know, this configuration data is held today primarily by a) vendors (who know it through their customer interactions) and b) industry analysts. Therefore, questions about ‘best practices’ for IT management and configuration are typically answered by analysts, vendors, or one’s peers. I’m wondering if the best answers come from the crowd. If thousands of customers have a certain app (say, Exchange) configured a certain way, wouldn’t that imply a best practice? Customers always ask “How are others in my (geo/vertical/etc) using your software?” and something like this could answer that question, potentially in a vendor-neutral way.
Are there any non-profit or for-profit companies that doing this today? Does anyone find this interesting or am I missing some key points?