But if the CMDBf specification actually leads to true modularity in the choice and deployment of best-in-class management applications and suites, effective CMS federation will utterly transform the management marketplace. And if it enables levels of information sharing and automation that can support truly revolutionary ways of managing and provisioning new services, IT organizations may be willing to deal with the though, thorny politics of change.
As the CMDBf specification becomes adopted by a widening variety of management vendors, as I believe should happen over the course of the next several years, TCO for CMS deployments will be dramatically improved. But perhaps even more significantly, the vision of the CMDB as a single, monolithic repository will gradually become a thing of the past. And then the rebirth of the CMS as a mix of technologiescentered more in metadata management, reconciliation, and orchestration than in data storagemay allow those of us who have cared for decades about the effective assimilation of management resources to celebrate by planting a brand new flag on the lunar landscape of IT Service Management.
Dennis Drogseth is VP of Boulder, Colo.-based Enterprise Management Associates (www.enterprisemanagement.com), an industry research firm focused on IT management. Dennis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.