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Data Accessibility from the UCMDB Browser: How IT Benefits in a Variety of Use Cases

What do an ITSM person, a DBA, server administrator and a security expert have in common? Quick and easy access to data is essential, if not critical, to the success of their organization. And so enters the UCMDB Browser, a must-have tool for all with its simple, intuitive capability to access shared IT data and make the IT world more understandable.  Enjoy total access to applications, servers, databases, and the network infrastructure in physical or virtualized environments, from on-premise and off-premise systems. View powerful displays of critical data for decision-making such as impact simulation, policies and incidents, requests for change, problems, monitoring status, security status and defects. UCMDB Browser benefits IT in a variety of use cases. Read on to find out how. 



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Getting the most out of building your ITSM project – with Services

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People, Process, and Technology continues to be a good description of the critical parts of a successful IT Service Management project. And experience helps in getting the most from each of these parts.


If you could be getting more out of your ITSM solution, please read on.

Best of HP ITSM


As opposed to saying something along the lines of “join us Live from New York”, I wanted to point out a couple of recent virtual events that are very still very timely and available to watch via replay.


So keeping with the themes of one of my favorite shows, I call this a Best of blog

Finding Hidden Treasure in your Service Desk



What role does your service desk play?  The service desk is a vital component to understanding your customer interactions but it is also a treasure chest of data that can be transformed to actionable information.


Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can unlock this treasure chest and help you find the gold inside.  

The shocking truth about continual service improvement

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Right after Peregrine Systems joined HP, I was given the honor of being a reviewer for the third version of ITIL’s Service Strategy book. Two things really surprised me about ITIL Version 3: the emphasis on business service and the whole notion of “continual service improvement.” Continual improvement surprised me because so many of the IT organizations that I had worked with were, in fact, not showing improvement in their IT organization’s people, processes, and technology. The truth is, most were good at the establishment of process, but that was as far as things went—shockingly, not much improvement was going on.

Do you need babysitters for your IT Services?

Discover2013.pngDo you need to automate your IT Service Management solutions?  Are you ready to start realizing value from your software in more effecient ways? 

Oh yea, anyone want to know what Dilbert and Mrs Doubtfire have to do with IT? 


Read On......


There is also secret text at the end with details on how to win passes to HP Discover... but shhh... I didn't tell you

Junk Food also Causes Obesity in CMDBs, Studies Say

For a long time I've been looking for the better analogies for the concept of having standards of data quality around your CMDB.  One day during lunch, it hit me.  You have to think about populating your CMDB like you think about eating.  And it turns out, there are MANY equivalencies here.   For example, if you overeat, you're going to gain weight, so you can't move as fast, or do as much work.  When that happens, you lose value.  Ow. 




‘Tech-tonic’ IT Shifts—How to Keep Up with Rapid Change in Technology

  • Remember when there weren’t computers as we know them today? And then when there were, they filled an entire room, rather than in the palm of your hand?
  • Remember when grid computing connected via Ethernet was considered advanced?
  • Remember when ‘cloud’ just meant a mass of condensed water vapor, when ‘mobility’ referred to physical movement whether by foot, bicycle, or a 1969 Mustang convertible, and the phrase ‘big data’ would have drawn a confused “Huh?” from most people?

Getting your data under control with discovery and dependency mapping

Discovery_Photo_XS.jpgThe huge amount of data in today’s IT environments, the high change rate of this data and the growing complexity of dependencies between data elements (configuration items) make it hard for IT to deliver on expectations. But there is light at the end of the tunnel – the Discovery solution.

The SAM Solution

Many IT managers worry about under-compliance when it comes to vendor audits and licenses, and understandably so. However, did you know that statistically more organizations are “over-compliant” when it comes to license-related IT issues? Allow us to address common asset management questions regarding over-compliance.


What is “over-compliance” and how is complying too much with something a bad thing?

HP Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB) in 3 easy steps

So you’ve got HP UCMDB. Now what? What on earth do you do with all that info? You understand having accessible IT information is the key to managing it; however, you’re still unsure of exactly how to get the most value out of all your data. Please allow us to break it down for you.


Three awesome things you can (and should!) do with your UCMDB...

ITSM and ITIL Effective Change Management is still illusive

chuck.jpgChange Management is one of the most commonly implemented IT service management processes, but effective change management still appears illusive for many organizations.

Years ago, you could find  reports of 70% to 80% in papers or presentations of self-inflicted incidents being due to change unintended consequences.  I haven’t seen the mention of numbers this high for awhile, which could indicate that things are getting better. But, there still appears to be lots of opportunity for improvement.


Please read on to uncover more!



Discuss IT Service and Portfolio Management topics at the next HP Software EMEA Customer Forum

brussels atonium-01.jpgIn your IT Service and Portfolio Management architecture, what is the role of mobility? What about  the role of public, private and hybrid cloud? How do you meet the expectations for agility and delivery speed for your Lines of Business? Are you considering agile methodologies for your project and portfolio management?

These are just some of the IT Service and Portfolio Management topics you can discuss with HP product management, other HP customers and HP partners.

The 7th bi-annual HP Software EMEA Customer Forum will take place from 16-17 April at the Sheraton Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. Keep reading to find out more about what you will learn at the forum.

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  • HP IT Service Management Product Marketing team manager. I am also responsible for our end-to-end Change, Configuration, and Release Management (CCRM) solution. My background is engineering and computer science in the networking and telecom worlds. As they used to say in Telcom, "the network is the business" (hence huge focus on service management). I always enjoyed working with customers and on the business side of things, so here I am in ITSM marketing.
  • David has led a career in Enterprise Software for over 20 years and has brought to market numerous successful IT management products and innovations.
  • I am the PM of UCMDB and CM. I have a lot of background in configuration management, discovery, integrations, and delivery. I have been involved with the products for 12 years in R&D and product management.
  • Gil Tzadikevitch HP Software R&D Service Anywhere
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • Jacques Conand is the Director of ITSM Product Line, having responsibility for the product roadmap of several products such as HP Service Manager, HP Asset Manager, HP Universal CMDB, HP Universal Discovery and the new HP Service Anywhere product. Jacques is also chairman of the ITSM Customer Advisory Board, ensuring the close linkage with HP's largest customers.
  • Jody Roberts is a researcher, author, and customer advocate in the Product Foundation Services (PFS) group in HP Software. Jody has worked with the UCMDB product line since 2004, and currently takes care of the top 100 HP Software customers, the CMS Best Practices library, and has hosted a weekly CMDB Practitioner's Forum since 2006.
  • Mary (@maryrasmussen_) is the worldwide product marketing manager for HP Software Education. She has 20+ years of product marketing, product management, and channel/alliances experience. Mary joined HP in 2010 from an early-stage SaaS company providing hosted messaging and mobility services. Mary has a BS in Computer Science and a MBA in Marketing.
  • Michael Pott is a Product Marketing Manager for HP ITSM Solutions. Responsibilities include out-bound marketing and sales enablement. Michael joined HP in 1989 and has held various positions in HP Software since 1996. In product marketing and product management Michael worked on different areas of the IT management software market, such as market analysis, sales content development and business planning for a broad range of products such as HP Operations Manager and HP Universal CMDB.
  • Ming is Product Manager for HP ITSM Solutions
  • Having about 15 years of experience, practical and academic, throughout these years, I’ve been always focusing on both strategic directions side by side with achieving critical business goals Mainly focused on IT operations management, strategy and control, my preferred vendor is usually HP, as I believe HP has one of the best Enterprise portfolios among the current trending technologies
  • Nimish Shelat is currently focused on Datacenter Automation and IT Process Automation solutions. Shelat strives to help customers, traditional IT and Cloud based IT, transform to Service Centric model. The scope of these solutions spans across server, database and middleware infrastructure. The solutions are optimized for tasks like provisioning, patching, compliance, remediation and processes like Self-healing Incidence Remediation and Rapid Service Fulfilment, Change Management and Disaster Recovery. Shelat has 21 years of experience in IT, 18 of these have been at HP spanning across networking, printing , storage and enterprise software businesses. Prior to his current role as a World-Wide Product Marketing Manager, Shelat has held positions as Software Sales Specialist, Product Manager, Business Strategist, Project Manager and Programmer Analyst. Shelat has a B.S in Computer Science. He has earned his MBA from University of California, Davis with a focus on Marketing and Finance.
  • Oded is the Chief Functional Architect for the HP Service and Portfolio Management products, which include Service Manager, Service Anywhere, Universal CMDB & Discovery, Asset Manager, Project and Portfolio Manager.
  • I am Senior Product Manager for Service Manager. I have been manning the post for 10 years and working in various technical roles with the product since 1996. I love SM, our ecosystem, and our customers and I am committed to do my best to keep you appraised of what is going on. I will even try to keep you entertained as I do so. Oh and BTW... I not only express my creativity in writing but I am a fairly accomplished oil painter.
  • WW Sr Product Marketing Manager for HP ITPS VP of Apps & HP Load Runner
  • Vesna is the senior product marketing manager at HP Software. She has been with HP for 13 years in R&D, product management and product marketing. At HP she is responsible for go to market and enablement of the HP IT Performance Suite products.
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