This brief & accessible research report by Enterprise Management Associates for HP on CMDBs is a must-read. The concept of "state" they describe is something I've been mulling over for a while - how do we distinguish between complex dependency capture emerging from different processes, and with different implications/imperatives? We will need this.
A little out of scope for this blog - but every IT professional should be keeping up on Windows Rootkits. Hardware defenses (memory scanners, probably with their own physical jacks, which in large data centers might ultimately result in an out of band security monitoring network) are required - start asking your server vendors NOW. We'll need a standard for such things.
You can get a free membership to the IT Compliance Institute for a limited time. Fair amount of material. It's a 101 Publications (Application Development Trends, The Data Warehousing Institute) effort.
I've been thinking this for a while, and it's good to have validation from these two - it's a pretty damning assertion, actually. I have been a subscriber to both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries, and have monitored table of contents/abstract notifications from Elsevier for publications likeInformation Management, Information Sciences, Data & Knowledge Engineering, Information Processing & Management, Information Systems, and the International Journal of Information Management. I have also periodically checked on the Journal of Management Information Systems, and the Springer-Verlag publications. (Am I missing any other credible academic journals/publishers?)
With a few exceptions I have found the results generally irrelevant to the issues I've been exploring in this weblog, and which face me as a professional practitioner. Now, I don't expect a first-rank computer science journal like the ACM's Transactions on Computer Systems to cover applied management of IT, just as I would not expect a physics journal to go into details on electrical engineering. But I can't for the life of me figure out the applied MIS (as in business-school, MBA concentration) research priorities. One concern I have is whether the academic MIS folks are spending too much time mulling over problems that are properly the domain of their colleagues in Computer Science departments. We need the applied perspective, just as materials science is an application of physics and chemistry, and merits its own journals. There are huge openings for research and theory in IT governance, enterprise architecture, business/IT alignment, and more. Where is it? Thoughts? Am I missing something?
P.S. One exception I must note is Christopher Verhoef and his work on Quatitative IT portolio management. Paradoxically, this appeared in the ACM Journal Science of Computer Programming. Great article, but the publication choice makes NO sense at all to me - this is the kind of thing I would expect to see in an MIS-focused journal.
The OMG continues to display formidable organizational momentum, with this BPMI announcement. Two years ago, the then-BPMI leadership (i.e. Howard Smith) wanted little if anything to do with the OMG. With DMTF and BPMI established as partners, the OMG is clearly the leading semantic standards organization for the IT-ERP domain. Now if we could just get them to explicitly lay claim to a CMDB (or better yet, ITSM) standard...
Note that ISACA is a membership organization with chapters, which boosts it a notch in my view, placing it on the same level as DAMA, ITSMF, the Integration Consortium, and similar organizations composed of in the trenches professionals doing real IT work.
NOTE: The final version of this initial post (including definitions) is here.
Public DRAFT - comments requested.
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This post will be a work in progress for a while. Unlike many weblog authors, I continue to revise my posts for some time after initial publication based on feedback & further thought. This is because this weblog is essentially a vehicle for a book, and the longer posts are chapters.
Here is an overall logical model/metamodel that integrates IT Service Management and metadata concepts (click for full size).