The CMDB Tidal Wave? More of a ripple.

Dodgy stats and talk-up-the-market hype mar two otherwise interesting articles on CMDB.

Watch out Microsoft, your spurious patents may be worthless

Microsoft has made a practice of attempting to patent the obvious, not least of which is CMDB, but a recent court ruling gives hope that those they do obtain can be invalidated.

Quote of the day

Configuration Management ... the ditch in which 'the ITIL automobile' comes to a stop.
David Nyman, on his wildly-named David's Blog

Don't fall for the CMDB demo - The IT Skeptic

6:23 minutes (2.57 MB)

A podcast of the original article Don't fall for the demo: an asset database with bells and whistles is not a CMDB

Are Microsoft patenting CMDB? - The IT Skeptic

7:06 minutes (2.85 MB)

A recent patent application appears to indicate that Microsoft is applying to patent CMDB. This issue is not attracting the outrage that it ought to.

Rediscovering the Big Iron

Virtualisation, CMDB, autodiscovery, swappable CPUs, intelligent media devices, systems and availability management, capacity modelling... The mainframe worked all this out decades ago. Here's a story I heard from fairly close to the source so it is probably fairly close to the truth. Whatever, it makes a good story

Irrational exuberance in the IT industry: CMDB is going nuts

Everybody is piling into the CMDB frenzy now, including dodgy journos and madly re-inventing software companies... and this blog. ITIL may not be a fad but the IT Skeptic thinks CMDB now is one.

Somebody help me: what is the point of standalone CMDB tools?

Can somebody please explain how a stand-alone CMDB supports Incident and Problem and Change management if it is not integral to the Service Desk. How do incidents and changes get linked to a CI?

The key to living without CMDB - The IT Skeptic

4:36 minutes (4.21 MB)

A podcast of the original article: The key to living without CMDB is process maturity level

Yes you can do without CMDB, so long as you are aiming at not too high a maturity level, say 3. The trick is to remember that you don't adopt a process, you improve it. If we aspire to a moderate level of maturity, then yes we can do without a CMDB. Plenty of people do.

BMC, CA, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and Microsoft promise to play nicely over ITIL CMDB. Yeah, right!

For a revised and expanded version of this article see ITSMWatch.

The major operations software vendors have finally released a white paper describing how they plan to cooperate on ITIL CMDB. Don't hold your breath waiting for anything to come of it.

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