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.
Given that the original hype release said they would have the white paper out by May 2006 and the draft specification out by the end of 2006, the white paper is only 9 months late and the spec is still nowhere to be seen. Surprise. Getting these vendors to work together is like putting six cats in a suitcase.
The good news is that CA and Microsoft are on board now. But don't put any plans on hold pending a result.
WARNING: vendors will waive this white paper around to overcome buyer resistance to a mixed-vendor solution. For example if you already have availablity monitoring from one of them, one of the other vendors will try to sell you their service desk and use this paper as a promise that the two will play nicely.
Well they may, one day. Look at the timeline. It has taken then the best part of a year to get the gang together and get out an in-principle white paper for comment. I would say it would be optimistic to expect a draft spec in anything less than another year. I am still highly sceptical that their is any real commitment by the parties to a result, as compared to a need to be seen to be doing something. That need has now been filled for a while.
Once the spec is done, and assuming it hasn't all ended in tears first, a standards body needs to be found that will take it on, and then a formal standard must be promulgated. (This is what is needed, and it is the stated intent in the original press release). Standards gestate like elephants. So add another year or two. In the best case, some of the vendors will invest the millions required to support the standard in parallel with its development so they will release the software along with release of the standard. Look forward to that two or three years from now, best case.