Today, no matter what industry/sector the business operates in, it needs to have an IT infrastructure capacity to meet the developing and changing business needs. Information Technology is no more just a support function for any business, but rather the backbone for many organizations.
Even a 10-minute of downtime in IT infrastructure can hamper a business image globally, as well as impact the daily operations or even compromise security. Business leaders need to be more proactive than reactive to sustain the business in a world where everything is changing rapidly.
As a leader, knowing one’s current organizational standing is as important as the milestones one wish to achieve. Creating and maintaining an IT Infrastructure, and custom software requires huge capital investments, but what happens when the ROI is not as expected?
Answer: Disappointed Stakeholders!
Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is a database that stores information about the software and hardware assets also known as CIs. Incorrect information and relations on CIs can misguide CIOs on strategies and affect business growth in the long term. Whereas, accurate and real-time data can empower CIOs to make bolder and more precise decisions and contribute better to organizational strategy achievement. However, currently, there are a few limitations to CMDB.
ServiceNow CMDB provides organizations with a means to improve upon their systems by providing information on the exact assets and relationships that exist between these assets. This helps stakeholders to better understand organizations’ IT environment, especially in fields of Service Impact analysis, compliance, configuration and asset management. ServiceNow CMDB is the ultimate application which provides full visibility and control of all IT infrastructure and services, for accurate and faster decision-making.
Pros of ServiceNow CMDB
1. Single Platform for Consolidated needs
Speed up business analysis of issues that impact business, minimize service outages and enhance service incident and management process by knowing what assets are there in your IT environment and the dependencies existing between them
2. Third-Party Integration
Integrate with third-party applications to identify and reconcile to maintain CI relationships.
3. Real-time Data and accuracy
Get real-time and accurate information on CIs and their relationships for greater insights.
4. Data Visualization
Always on the run? Now, get your reports with data visualization for faster and better decision-making capabilities.
Though, ServiceNow CMDB alone is a powerful application. However, when combined with other ServiceNow applications it surpasses its competitors. One may populate the CIs information into CMDB either manually, via integration with external CMDB, import information from another Source or using the ServiceNow Discovery.
ServiceNow Discovery automatically populates the CMDB without any manual intervention, resulting in 100% accurate data being populated in CMDB.
Accurate and clear information on CIs empowers CIOs to make decisions for optimum results.