Lack of trust in the CMDB. With no effective processes in place to manage the lifecycle or data contained on a Configuration Item within the CMDB, no one trusted the CMDB to provide the right information. There was an immediate need to design, build and deliver a solution to remediate that issue.View PDFView VideoRead MoreRead More
With no effective processes in place to manage the lifecycle or data contained on a Configuration Item within the CMDB, no one trusted the CMDB to provide the right information. There was an immediate need to design, build and deliver a solution to remediate that issue.
Having completed a Pulse assessment, a number of key themes were identified that would bring the control the client wanted to the CMDB. This involved the introduction of a workflow driven CMDB Demand Management process to agree, define and prioritise the required business and technical outcomes of the client, standing up of a CSX Delivery Management Team to execute against those outcome and a published CMDB Roadmap.
The Delivery Management team defined and executed against a consistent, structured approach based on the Release Management cadence of the client. In this instance a monthly major release schedule broken in to 4 key areas
· Demand Review/Approval
· Analysis and Design
· Build and Test
· Release to Production
Following recognised best practice through each phase, communication with the wide stakeholder community was established through weekly forums to inform the client on what was coming, when it would arrive and how to take advantage of new capability and functionality
CSX delivered full control of the CMDB back to the client. A combination of federated and centralised capability which allowed them to manage the full lifecycle of all Configuration Items.
Leveraging several out the box capabilities such as Proposed Change, Product Management and Certification; data quality, along with missing data could now be managed by the appropriate CI Owners, significantly increasing the quality and depth of the CMDB and in doing so bring the trust required by the client organisation to recognise the CMDB could now be a single source of truth.
Using Performance Analytics all the IT Controls for the CMDB were made available via dashboards to show compliance against those controls, including the overall health of the CMDB.