The AC mission to reduce complexity and create the ability to build self-managing systems just took a major step forward. IBM, together with BMC, HP, Fujitsu, and CA announced that they will be working to develop a specification for a standards proposal for the federation of CMDBs.
As you may know, a CMDB (Configuration Management Database) is a repository that captures the interrelationships and history of changes across all components of the environment, ranging from incidents and problems, to changes, to information about the system users. The plan for working together on this specification is motivated primarily by the customers’ need to implement IT processes in an environment with multiple and often overlapping data sources and tools. Tools will achieve ITIL-like CMDB function by adding management processes (e.g., Identify Configuration Items, Audit Configuration Items) that operate on the data in the federated CMDB. So the capability for customers to implement a virtual CMDB is critical for them to be able to move their IT infrastructure toward a more AUTONOMIC, self-healing environment.
How significant is this? Important enough to bring major IT industry players, competitors in many ways, together in another critical autonomic standards initiative to address the issue of reducing complexity in the customer environment. It's great to see that itSMF - a well-known international organization working hand-in-hand with ITIL to promote best industry best practices in the service management arena - is stongly endorsing this effort as well.