January 08, 2012

I thought I’d present a few highlights that reflect a definite progression to show how and why cloud IS in fact becoming assimilated by IT. You, by the way, are the very first to see some of these results thanks to the way APMdigest deadlines fell in the process of preparing the analysis ...

January 04, 2012

As a continuation of the APMdigest list of predictions for 2012, industry experts offer a range of predictions specifically on cloud management, and Application Performance Management in the cloud ...

December 05, 2011

Having just attended one of IBM’s analyst events in which fairly predictable themes like "cloud", "mobility", "analytics" and "dev /ops" were mixed with less industry-wide themes—such as "Smart Cities", and IBM’s distinctive initiative in the verticals area, it occurred to me once again that IT organizations are going through not one but multiple revolutions. And these revolutions don’t often align in either convenient or even logical ways ...

November 11, 2011

Back in the “good” or “bad” old days, life used to be simpler for those of us focused on BSM. Application Management, though strategic, was domain-centric and BSM was where everything came together. But as technologies evolved, and a growing focus on real-time currency, in part due to cloud, caused a combination of panic and realignment in many IT organizations, APM became more cross-domain in nature and BSM became more of a watchword for strategies that get postponed for blue skies and quieter times ...

October 17, 2011

This blog is the second in a series to help you getter a better sense of what kind of analytic technologies are available in the market today and how they might best apply to your environment.

September 26, 2011

"Analytics" is -- like many words applied to BSM, service management and the management of applications and networked infrastructures -- a somewhat conflicted term.

September 22, 2011

Today’s market environment demands businesses to change and adapt rapidly according to market dynamics, while still remaining in control. For business, these dynamics can mean sifting through what can amount to petabytes of data to act tactically and strategically ...

August 26, 2011

After spending more time than I might have liked relating just about everything I cover to cloud computing adoption – from CMDB/CMS systems, to cross-domain automation technologies, to BSM dashboards with advanced analytics, User Experience Management, to a service-centric vision of asset management, etc. – I have come to see cloud computing also has more than a few dark sides quite apart from the most obvious first-blush security and data control issues.

July 22, 2011

Dennis Drogseth, VP at EMA, wraps up his series of articles about CMDB/CMS.

July 22, 2011

Craig McDonogh, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at ServiceNow, talks about the past, present and future of CMDB.

July 20, 2011

Dennis Drogseth outlines CMDB/CMS use cases for Service Impact Management.

July 20, 2011

Dennis Drogseth outlines CMDB/CMS use cases for Change Management and Change Impact Analysis.

July 20, 2011

Dennis Drogseth outlines CMDB/CMS use cases for Asset Management and Financial Optimization.

July 20, 2011

Before you even get started looking to invest in a CMDB or CMS, you should know WHAT it is you want to achieve and have a pretty good idea who’s involved. This list provides you with 16 questions you should be asking ...

July 20, 2011

Dennis Drogseth, VP at EMA, shares the insights he gained from his in-depth research into the current state of the CMDB/CMS market.

June 20, 2011

EMA just completed a radar analysis of eleven vendors and talked to more than 20 CMDB/CMS deployments in North America and Europe. The research confirmed my views that CMDB-related technologies are evolving to become more dynamic, more real-time, more deployable, more use-case directed, and more varied in design. They are also becoming more essential than ever—spurred in part, ironically – by cloud computing which is pressuring companies to move towards a more cross-domain, and ultimately more service-centric model for management.

June 16, 2011

The interesting thing I come across regarding BSM is the gap between concept and lab with the reality of the client consumption. Let's face it, a full blown, all concepts, process and product BSM solution is an expensive proposition and a journey rather than a purchase or a project.

May 20, 2011

Ariel Gordon, Neebula VP of Products and Co-Founder, and BSM pioneer, talks about the concept, history and evolution of Business Service Management.

April 18, 2011

EMA consulting once did an analysis of why strategic service management initiatives fail. These ranged from cross-domain performance management initiatives, to configuration management initiatives with CMDB/CMS enabling foundations, to company-wide asset management initiatives to name a few. Of the top ten reasons for failure, only the bottom two (Integration and Discovery) were technology-related. Three of the top eight were specifically communication-related: Staff Buy-In, Managing Expectations, and Overcoming Resistance to Change. And in fact Staff Buy-In was number one!

April 05, 2011

I had originally intended to make this blog about mental health. A supportive article for those of you trying to support change in your own environment wrestling with the stubbornly persistent caricatures and silos still so dominant in many IT organizations.

March 18, 2011

Kalyan Ramanathan, Director of BSM for HP, talks about BSM and performance management in hybrid environments.

February 01, 2011

EMA has just collected some new data regarding how IT organizations are seeking to assimilate cloud services from a top-down, service management perspective. The data gathered in December of 2010, spanned 155 global respondents with high percentages of executives (better than 50% director and above) – as the goal was to understand how senior management and cross-domain organizations that usually have senior executive leadership are leveraging cloud computing.

January 10, 2011

Many businesses have, over time, multiple ERP systems across the enterprise, due to acquisitions or as a result of business units creating their own IT systems and support ... Consolidating these systems into a single, shared service enables you to leverage economies of scale while also providing a consistent level of service across the enterprise ...

January 10, 2011

Call it the “tail wagging the dog” but as I already indicated in my previous blog, cloud computing seems to be surprisingly good for service management -- both in terms of technology adoption and in terms of political and process-related transformation. This includes technologies like CMDB/CMS, IT Process Automation, User Experience Management and SLM, as well as integrated service desk and chargeback accounting – among other “bellwether technologies” – or technologies that reflect more advanced organizational and process readiness.

December 07, 2010

Sometimes… OK most of the time … the terms and words we use for “things” in service management are in themselves landmines.

One of the worst culprits is of course the term “CMDB” which I like to compare to "The Holy Roman Empire" – which as H.G. Wells pointed out was neither "holy" nor "Roman" nor an "Empire". Well, the CMDB is not about anyone but ITIL’s definition of "configuration management" and in the end, it isn’t, or shouldn’t be, understood as a physical database, either.