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New Research Shows CMDB Adoption Continues to Grow Despite Complexities and Confusion

BOULDER, Colo., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- IT organizations continue to make significant progress deploying Configuration Management Database systems, or CMDBs, according to a just-released study by leading independent IT management research and consulting firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).

BOULDER, Colo., June 6 /PRNewswire/ — IT organizations continue to make significant progress deploying Configuration Management Database systems, or CMDBs, according to a just-released study by leading independent IT management research and consulting firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).

EMA found that more IT organizations are aware of the requirement for a reconciled approach to integrating management investments to provide a consistent source of truth to support change and configuration management, asset management, incident and problem management, service management, and other IT disciplines. However, researchers also learned that very few IT professionals are confident in setting expectations around just what CMDB systems should and can be, especially in 2007 when both adoptions and enabling technologies are in their early stages.

To understand what CMDB systems are beginning to achieve in the real world, EMA vice president Dennis Drogseth conducted a comprehensive study devoted to the rapidly evolving CMDB market. The study encompassed more than 100 quantitative surveys and 30+ hours of dialog with CMDB adopters in 18 different companies.

"During the past 18 months or so, CMDB has evolved from a promising concept that became one of the IT industry's latest buzzwords to a strategic initiative that, while still in the early phases of deployment, is being rolled out at thousands of IT organizations," said Drogseth, "This study provides a glimpse into how IT organizations are planning for and adopting CMDB and what strategies and best practices are working to make CMDB success a reality."

Drogseth's June 2007 report entitled "Winning Strategies in CMDB Adoption: What's Working in the Real World, What Isn't, and Why" covers a range of topics, including:

— A new nomenclature that mirrors real-world adoption patterns that the term "CMDB" can't fully convey by itself — A clear indication of what early phase priorities are for CMDB systems in 2007 — A look at the type of metrics being used to measure the success of CMDB deployments — A profile of what successful CMDB deployments look like coupled with best-practice recommendations for CMDB success — A clarification of how ITIL plays into the planning and deployment of CMDB systems — Insight into shifts in IT organizational structure evolving around, and in parallel with, CMDB system deployments — An overview of real-world CMDB vendor preferences and software requirements — Summary case studies of 18 real-world CMDB projects

"The real power of this research is the compilation of actionable knowledge that both IT professionals and technology providers can use to further drive the successful adoption and refinement of best practices around CMDB," EMA's Drogseth says.

To complement the recently completed research, Drogseth will share highlights from his findings during a free Webinar slated for Wed., June 13 (http://www.emausa.com/ema_lead.php?ls=EMACMDBwebpr0607&bs=EMACMDBwe0607 ). The Webinar will explore key points of confusion within the industry, highlight what CMDB systems are beginning to achieve in the real world and review evolving methodologies for successful CMDB deployment.

In addition, a wealth of information on CMDB and vendor solutions available in this evolving market is available through EMA's CMDB Solutions Center (http://itsolutions.emausa.com/register.php?ls=cmdbitscpr0607 ). This free online resource marks EMA's continued commitment to helping enterprise IT professionals leverage the potential of this promising technology.

NOTE TO EDITORS

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Mr. Drogseth please contact Guy Murrel at gmurrel@catapultpr-ir.com at 303-581-7760 ext. 17.

About Enterprise Management Associates

Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is the leading independent industry analyst and consulting firm dedicated to the IT Management market. The firm provides IT vendors and enterprise IT professionals with objective insight into the real-world business value of long-established and emerging technologies, ranging from security, storage and service level management (SLM) to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB), virtualization and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Even with its rapid growth, EMA has never lost sight of the client, and continues to offer personalized support and convenient access to its analysts. For more information on EMA's extensive library of IT Management research, free online IT Management Solutions Center and IT consulting offerings, visit www.enterprisemanagement.com.

SOURCE Enterprise Management Associates

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