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Maximize your efficiency with asset management in your CMDB

IT technician managing school equipment easily due to his asset management and ipac management software
Maximize your efficiency with asset management in your CMDB


James wakes up, as he does every morning, before dawn. His first greeting is the incessant BEEP BEEP BEEP of the alarm, reminding him that it’s Tuesday, a weekday, a day when James needs to plan work across different schools to address the teachers' technical needs. His superpower? James is a pro at IT asset management. Armed with his CMDB, no IT staffing issues can scare him!

Ms. Judith needs new access to the latest educational software. Mr. Charles needs the audio system checked in his music class. A child has unfortunately lodged half of their snack into Ms. Annie's screen... In short, James has several missions in various schools.

Not only does James need to respond to urgent requests, but he also has to ensure that all the computers, printers, tablets, and other IT equipment are up-to-date and in good condition throughout the entire school district. To do this most efficiently, he needs to know where these assets are, who they belong to, and how they are connected.

James, however, is not extraordinary. He didn’t fall into a radioactive pool, isn’t the heir to millionaires, and has no telekinetic powers. He simply knows that his school district has the right tools in place to be efficient and allow him to be productive.

The answer lies in the customer service request management software, which allows him to manage his clients, process his tickets, manage his route with a distribution view, and connect all IT asset management in one place. This key component is the CMDB, or Configuration Management Database.

The CMDB is a centralized repository that contains information on all the organization’s IT assets, as well as their relationships and dependencies. The CMDB allows you to visualize your entire IT infrastructure, track changes, detect anomalies, and resolve incidents faster.


IT Asset Management and ITIL

A CMDB is an essential tool for asset management and problem-solving in an IT environment. It allows you to collect, store, and manage information related to system configuration items. By adhering to ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) standards, implementing a CMDB becomes even more important.

The ITIL standards yield good advantages such as improved configuration management, reduced downtime, quick problem resolution, and informed decision-making. A well-implemented CMDB centralizes all asset information, making management and problem-solving easier.

ITIL 4 refers to "configuration items" as any component necessary to deliver an IT service. This includes all hardware, whether physical or not, such as licenses, software, servers, virtual machines, smartboards, tablets, screens, keyboards, mice… you name it!

A CMDB aims to help you make better decisions and implement effective ITSM processes. By consolidating all configuration data, you can better understand critical configuration items (CI) and their links. It's easier to avoid human errors when you know who affects what on your network! CMDBs are also useful in impact analysis, root cause analysis, legal compliance, incident management, and change management.


Assets and Configuration Items (CI)

An asset is generally an essential element for the organization or work recorded in your CMDB. For example, a server, a laptop, software, etc. These elements enable a company or organization to function. As for CIs, they complement or support these elements. For instance, a keyboard, a mouse, a maintenance date, etc. These elements facilitate work or trigger actions in the CMDB, such as sending an email, creating a ticket, notifying someone, etc. This is called operationalizing the CMDB.


Next, it is essential to determine what you want to include in the CMDB. You could add many things, even pens and notepads, but be careful! Is it really necessary? Do you have the time and energy to maintain them? It’s easy to integrate them, but they require maintenance. Therefore, you can base it on assets with depreciation value. These are often the first to examine.

Then, you can decide on the elements to track in the inventory. It is simple to follow what is on the network, like servers, computers, mobile phones, tablets, etc., as they constantly send signals via an agent. A mouse or a keyboard is more complex. It is important to define where to focus your efforts. All data that can be retrieved from an external system, such as via APIs, should be considered.

You can categorize servers, laptops, etc. Then, you can consider creating subcategories, such as test servers, virtual servers, etc. These details should be discussed with your analyst when setting up a CMDB. It is crucial to know how far you want to go. Finally, regarding CIs, such as services, contracts, CIs initiating maintenance processes, mice, styluses, etc., it is important to determine if they should be inventoried to ensure updated processes.

Thus, to effectively design a CMDB model, you must clearly define your assets and CIs, how you want to represent them based on departmental resources, and your objectives. Do you simply want to generate reports, add other processes, closely monitor critical CIs for the organization, etc.? All these elements will help structure and influence how you manage your CMDB.

Importing Existing Inventories into the CMDB

Importing existing inventories into the CMDB is a crucial step to ensure the completeness and accuracy of information. By importing existing inventories, you can obtain a comprehensive overview of all assets in your IT environment. This helps identify undocumented or outdated assets, facilitating management and problem resolution.

Moreover, importing existing inventories into the CMDB minimizes human errors and saves time and resources. By automating this process, you can ensure that all asset information is up-to-date and accurate, facilitating informed decision-making and quick problem resolution.

Which Elements are Appropriate for Asset Management?

Simply put, a CMDB is like a filing cabinet with drawers and folders. Each filing cabinet is a type of CMDB, each drawer is a CI category, and each folder contains CIs. CIs differ from assets, which are tied to the environment. The structure of the CMDB depends on the needs of each department, such as IT, legal affairs, HR, marketing, etc...

For asset management within a CMDB, it is important to include all relevant elements for your IT environment. This may include servers, desktops, network peripherals, software, licenses, maintenance contracts, etc. Including all these elements allows for a complete overview of all assets, facilitating management and problem resolution.

It is also important to document relationships between different elements. For example, documenting the relationships between servers and the installed software allows you to identify dependencies and impacts in case of a problem easily. This facilitates quick problem resolution and helps avoid prolonged downtime.

Asset Management and Problem Resolution

Asset management is crucial for incident and problem management. By having a comprehensive overview of all assets and their relationships, you can easily identify the root causes of problems and take measures to resolve them quickly.

Implementing a well-functioning CMDB not only streamlines the sharing of resolved requests but also enhances team communication effortlessly. This fosters collaboration, ultimately saving time and valuable resources. Moreover, organizing tickets within the CMDB enables the prioritization of issues, ensuring swift resolution of those impacting operations the most.

Leveraging a CMDB for asset management and problem management automates processes, boosting the efficiency of your IT environment. This automation minimizes downtime, maximizes resource utilization, and elevates end-user service delivery.

Automated Business Processes Related to a CMDB

By implementing a CMDB, you can automate many business processes, such as change management, incident management, problem management, and service request management.


Automating these processes reduces human errors, optimizes resources, and improves service quality. Additionally, it facilitates informed decision-making through real-time information available in the CMDB. For example, you can use a configuration management database tool to maintain the stock of your physical inventory, both large and small.

For managing inventory of small IT equipment like keyboards, mice, and headsets, automated processes can be used. Each piece of equipment has a CI with quantities in stock, on order, in use, or lost. A minimum inventory threshold is set to trigger an alert or automatic order when reached. The quantity variations are tracked with each service request or incident. Reports and budget forecasts can also be made with this data, which allows for better business decisions and avoids unnecessary spending. However, avoid overburdening processes with low-cost or easily lost items like cables.

James’s day is meticulously planned: his requests are sorted by priority in his schedule, his equipment is loaded into the van, and his stops are linked to schools and their addresses and requests. No more time is wasted at each step! James finishes his Tuesday without a hitch and with a light heart.

Asset management within a CMDB is crucial for optimizing the efficiency of your IT environment. By adopting an ITSM configuration management database tool, you can reap many benefits: reduced downtime, quick problem resolution, optimized IT budget, improved configuration management, and, most importantly, making life easier for technicians like James who respond to customer service requests every day.