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CMDB: What Does It Really Mean

Rob England, AKA The IT Skeptic, defines CMDB as "that huge IT Monument to unnecessary technology which is known to the vendors and their sucker buyers as CMDB". He describes CMDB as a complex technology with costs exceeding its real value. Read more...

The Change Management Database (CMDB) Only Works When it's Up to Date

The Change Management Database (CMDB) only works when it's up to dateTom Kearns says that the unfortunate reality for CMDB is that many times we don't have a single CMDB and it is not always up-to-date and accurate. There are also a lot of changes happening that need be recorded in the CMDB and when changes occur, the CMDB is usually updated after-the-fact, leaving an information accuracy gap that gets repeated over and over again.
 
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The CMDB is Dead, Long Live the CMDB

Joe Heck considers that thing that has become labelled as a “CMDB”, saying that for himself it isn’t. It isn’t a configuration management database. He explains that for IT, it’s just an inventory of assets – digital and physical. Read more...

The Five-Percent Club

Rob England, AKA The IT Skeptic, announces an exclusive new forum - the Five-Percent Club. These are the 5% of companies that actually succeeded in justifying and implementing CMDB. Read more...

ITIL’s Dead Elephant: CMDB Can't Be Done

Rob England, AKA The IT Skeptic, describes why CMDB or CMS is - for most organisations - a bad idea. For example, how will you populate the CMDB initially? The vendors' silver bullet solution is auto-discovery. It can find out something about many things, but not everything about ALL things. Read more...

CMDB is not a given: Why CMDB is a Bad Idea for 95% of Organizations

CMDB is not a given: Why CMDB is a Bad Idea for 95% of OrganizationsRob England explains that CMDB is not a given. CMDB has actually been inflated and over-sold to hide its complexities and justify its huge costs. CMDB really becomes an obscure niche technology of interest to a few, not a core foundation of IT operations.
 
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Gartner on CMDBs: Caterpillars or Butterflies?

Gartner on CMDBs: Caterpillars or Butterflies?Raul Cristian Aguirre comments on the recently released paper from Gartner, Hype Cycle for IT Operations Management, which describes the state of CMDB deployments (Referring to CMDB, Raul calls them financial black holes).
 
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The Value of CMDB Seldom Exceeds the Cost of Doing It

Rob England, AKA The IT Skeptic, says CMDB can't be done. Just to get the benefit linking a change or incident in a CI to the associated service(s) for determining impact requires enormous costs. Read more...

CMDB = IT Bill of Materials? Resources?

CMDB = IT Bill of Materials?Charles Betz, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), compares the CMDB to the manufacturing world’s Bill of Materials. However, he points out that this comparison falls short.
 
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Reinvent the Obsolete but Necessary CMDB (Forrester)

Forrester ResearchForrester researcher, Glenn O’Donnel says that the once-promising configuration management database (CMDB) has failed. The complexity and confusion surrounding the CMDB has led to many project failures, prompting I&O professionals to rethink their approach.
 
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