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This discussion comes from many years of experience in this field, watching companies start and stop their initiatives for a variety of reasons, most of which had some merit but almost all of which were simply postponing the inevitable. Some have survived punitive outsourcing by fighting against the tide of adoption. How much longer they can prevail depends upon their continued vigilance. We hope this book helps all companies succeed by giving them a guide to this vigilance.
As authors of this book, we began to form our vision together, discussing the concepts of federation, leveraging of the DMTF CIM models and usage patterns in 2003 and 2004. We won’t reveal who first suggested it, but one day during one of our usual exchanges, we decided to write this book. We both heard the same questions and concerns about the CMDB and always found ourselves giving the same responses. It was clear that a comprehensive and authoritative guide was needed and that no books existed to offer the pragmatic view. The timing of ITIL v3 and the CMDB Federation Working Group appearing on the scene told us this was the right time to do it. In hindsight, we now think we were right even more than we did then. We hope you agree.
We are excited that aspects of our vision are starting to become a reality but are also very disappointed that more companies didn’t move faster to address systemic foundational problems within their organizations. We have seen, and in some cases been directly impacted by, the failure of companies to address some of these systemic issues. Our mission is to help prevent such nightmares. The CMDB (more accurately, the CMS) holds great promise as one of the greatest forces toward the dream of disciplined IT service management. We trust The CMDB Imperative will help you to realize this dream and avoid the nightmares.
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