Don't fall for the CMDB demo - The IT Skeptic
A podcast of the original article Don't fall for the demo: an asset database with bells and whistles is not a CMDB
Don't fall for the demo: anyone can set up an asset database with enough relationship bells and whistles on it to fool themselves and others that they have a CMDB. People set up a CMDB and either grossly overspend beyond any reasonable ROI to complete it, or settle for the delusion that an asset database is a CMDB. The vendors of service desks sell an asset database that looks a bit like a CMDB then claim all the benefits of a CMDB.