Leveraging federation to improve CMS data quality

Sorry Virginia, but a CMS is not the “Corn Management System”. However, if it was, I bet that you’d have the best tasting corn on the planet. With spring upon us, I am reminded often of memories my childhood and especially my grandmother. I remember those visits to the farm in Kansas, and those awesome farmhouse dinners where my grandmother would start the water boiling on the stove and THEN run out to the field to pick the corn. It was always the best tasting corn on the planet because it was the always freshest corn on the planet.

 

In a similar fashion, the processes supported by your Configuration Management System (CMS) can only be the best when they are tied to information that is relevant and fresh. If you had the choice between two week old corn from the supermarket and fresh corn immediately from the garden, which would you choose? In configuration management the freshest data only happens through data federation. Like the story of my grandmother who only picked the corn once she needed it for a meal, your configuration management system should only pick the configuration data once it needs it.

 

Federation is especially critical in some processes such as business service impact analysis, where being able to triage and understand which users are impacted, or what’s changed in the infrastructure can mean the difference between making a right or a wrong decision. Virtualization has a huge impact on the relevance (i.e. freshness) of the service model, because virtualization now has the capability to quickly and easily modify the configuration of the infrastructure which in turn puts greater demands on the latency requirements of your underlying data sources.

 

As Jody Roberts outlined in a recent blog article: You can’t buy a CMS from HP. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t setup and quickly enable federation of the critical data sources for configuration items management by the HP UCMDB. In fact UCMDB 9.00 will make it easier than ever before to setup and manage your federated data sources with the new UCMDB Integration Studio. The Integration Studio in UCMDB 9.0 adds an intuitive point and click user interface to help demystify and manage all of the configuration aspects of setting up integration, federation and reconciliation of external data sources for the UCMDB.

 

I hate two week old corn from the supermarket; I am spoiled now and always look forward to the late summer days when I can get fresh corn from my garden. I think that you’ll love the new Integration Studio in the UCMDB 9.00 as it’s the “Do It Yourself CMS Garden in a Box”, and it will make the setup of federation for external data sources easier than it’s ever been.

 

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Mike Oitzman works for HP Software as the UCMDB/DDM Group Product Line Manager. In this role, he is responsible for the UCMDB/DDM product ma...
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