Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:49 am Post subject: Evaluating Software for CMS
I understand that the Configuration Management System is not a "thing" that can be purchased and is more of a combination of software and process with the emphasis on process.
With that premise, I am currently evaluating different vendors' solutions for the CMDB and would like the ITIL Community's view and/or advice with different vendor solutions and the N(i)2 solution in particular.
I just started researching N(i)2 myself. It looks good on paper and their insight regarding CMDBs in general is on target. But as you said, there is more to consider.
They talk about being able to integrate with various applications/databases to create a federated CMDB, but after years of being burned and seeing others burned by paper promises and salesmen, I want to see an actual demo of this capability.
Between change and incident management tools, asset management tools (somethings are still maintained outside of CM) and self-discovery tools, I would like to see a company demonstrate its abilities with various components not just talk about the capability... that's a theory till proven.
Even Gartner in 2007 while recognizing their premise stated that its too early to make a statement without more client experience with the tool.
We do have defined business requirements for our integrated cmdb. Our initial implementation will be focused on our top 10 business services to:
1. Assessing technology changes for business impact - Better Change Management
2. Targeted notifications to business users with potential impact of technology changes - More meaningful business communication
3. Targeted notifications to business users with impact during planned or unplanned outages - More meaningful, faster business communication
4. Understand what business applications and/or business uint functions are impacted by a current or potential new technology - Better Change Management
5. Use existing tools as much as possible to accomplish these goals - Cost minded requirement
The CIs that we will be managing are Business services, systems associated to those services, infrastructure associated to the systems. Again, we are starting with the top 10 critical business services.
Hi, based on your business requirements listed above, this seems s to be concentrated around reporting requirements. Business requirements may entail, ease of use; service impacts not only from a change management perspective, but also when an incident occurs; how well does the CMDB integrate with the other processes; who is the authoritative source of data; what information is important to track; etc.
A few questions:
Have you defined your configuration management process, or have you just delved into the CMDB and using that as your process?
If you have defined the process, are there other business requirements that match your Configuration Management process to assist in tool selection?
One thing I have found many of my clients start off first by looking for a tool and then trying to define the process around the tool. Ultimately, they find they fall short. If you spend the time up front planning the Configuration Management Process, you will have a better understanding of what the tool needs to do to fit your needs, rather than you trying to fit the tools needs. Many of the big CMDB products still need a lot of work. But with time, effort and money, you can get most tools to do what you need.
We have defined the configuration and change management policies and processes. We have completed a Proof Of Concept with the N(i)2 product to ensure that it will meed our configuration process needs and are now engaging in an initial implementation to prove out the integration with our existing tools. Many of the integration efforts were manual during the POC so we could focus on the processes.
Hi, as you are now taking the tool to the implementation phase, I suspect it has met the criterias you set out.
Doing a proof of concept certainly is my preferred approach as you can determine how it will interact with your incident, problem and change management systems. You can also determine how to reconcile, audit and verify your CI data as well as show the service maps for a particular CI.
I think you are on the right track.
PS. I am not familar with N(i)2 product. _________________ Azard Omardeen
ITIL Expert / Accredited Trainer / ITSM Consultant
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