The IT Skeptic Looks at ITIL V2 and V3 CMDB
Out now, a new book The IT Skeptic Looks at CMDB
Available as a digital download for $7.95 or in print for $9.95+p&p, this book lays out the IT Skeptic's arguments against CMDB as defined in ITIL. Get yourself a concise, structured discussion of why CMDB is a bad idea for most businesses, and what the alternatives are. Wave this book around at the next meeting!
There is a podcast summarising this book.
"Finally someone had the braveness to speak out loud. Highly recommended" Five-stars review Raul Cristian Aguirre
"not just funny and ranty, but thoughtful and informative" Four-stars review Matt Haak
The IT Skeptic is probably best known for strident criticism of the concept of CMDB as described in ITIL, and of ITIL3’s extensions of the concept to CMS and SKMS. This book presents the IT Skeptic's argument against CMDB, laid out over 81 pages of content (90 pages total). It covers pretty much all the content from this blog (and the IT Skeptic's writings elsewhere) on the topic of CMDB - collated, edited, reorganised, improved and clarified. It also includes some original material published nowhere else.
It would be rash to describe this as the IT Skeptic's last word on the subject of CMDB, but it is the latest word after over two years of debating the topic.
No annoying DRM - I trust you. Copy text. Print it. Please respect that trust by buying your own copy and sharing only recommendations :D
This book is also available in print from Amazon.com. Don't wait for the Amazon.co.uk release (or a discount) - the margins are too low.
Please let me know what you think.
- Executive summary
- Skeptical about CMDB
- Defining CMDB
- Justifying CMDB
- CMDB is hard
- Living without CMDB
- CMDB hype
- Blue sky
- Geeks like tools
- Root Cause
- The boundary problem
- On-demand CMDB
- Top 10 reasons NOT to implement CMDB