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CMDB

CMDB" means many things to many people. When the IT Skeptic debates against "CMDB" or "CMS" what I really mean is "that huge IT Monument to unnecessary technology which is known to the vendors and their sucker buyers as CMDB". Unfortunately the more precise label is a bit ponderous :) The term CMDB which was originally a label for a Generic Thing has become hijacked to be the label for a Great Big Technology.

I don't think a CMDB is useless. It would be great to have it is just useless. It is definitely harmful. For 95% of IT shops, a CMDB is over-expensive and over-engineered. There are better uses for limited resources of time and money.

The vendors push it with a standard trick: If you do not have it,  you are in some way deficient if you don't have one, and all your incidents will disappear in seconds if you do.

A CMDB doesn't suck less than the alternatives, not if you evaluate it against the alternatives on all levels including ROI and portfolio management of projects. A CMDB only looks good if you narrow the criteria to tech features and sexiness. We must remember It is not an organization to buy and play with useless toys. It supposly should maximize value for the organization.


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Vendors love to promise to play nicely

skeptic on Tue, 2013-02-05 04:31 Hey, remember all the fine words about CMDBf? or networkedhelpdesk.org? Vendors love to promise to play nicely because it helps overcome buyer concerns and close the sales. But it is pretty rare for it to ever come to anything. SNMP was an exception. Don't fall for the sweet promises: whatever the vendors say, they won't love each other in the morning.

CMDB is like a linked digital phonebook, and just as pointless for most

skeptic on Thu, 2011-09-22 21:20

In the old days a phonebook was a list of names and numbers, like an asset database.

Now we have numbers on phones, with people search. Say I want to ring Gary at Safeness. I don't have a number for him but I know his company, and for others at that company I have the switchboard number. Wouldn't it be cool if people were linked to a company entity and we recorded the company numbers once for that entity so it could be found for everyone in that company?

Now we have the analogous equivalent of a CMDB (or a normalised database for the old farts amongst us).

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