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IT Procurement – What If You Could Trust Your CMDB?

Author: Jeremy Boerger, The ITAM Coach​

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The mission of IT procurement is clear: ensure that technology investments align tightly with strategic goals, manage costs effectively, and establish an IT infrastructure that supports current and future business needs. At the heart of achieving these objectives is the Configuration Management Database (CMDB), a tool that’s supposed to be the source of truth about IT assets.

Let’s face the facts, though. For too many of you, the CMDB falls short. It’s supposed to guide decision-making, but when it’s perpetually out of date or riddled with inaccuracies, it becomes a source of frustration rather than insight. You know the struggle: the gap between what the CMDB promises and the reality of trying to extract actionable data from it.

Yet, what if the CMDB could actually deliver on its promise? What if you could confidently lean on it to make procurement decisions, thus avoiding unnecessary spending and optimizing asset utilization?

From Headache To Strategy

The truth is that the CMDB’s effectiveness is often undermined by lack of maintenance, fragmented responsibility, or simply the rapid pace at which IT environments change. Here’s where pivoting to a solid IT Asset Management (ITAM) strategy can make a real difference.

ITAM isn’t just another item on the to-do list. It’s the methodology that can clean the foggy glasses through which you’ve been viewing the CMDB. Implementing ITAM practices means being disciplined about how assets are managed and ensuring that data in the CMDB reflects the actual situation on the ground. It’s about turning a problematic database into the powerful tool it was meant to be.

With an accurate, up-to-date CMDB, backed by a robust ITAM process, IT procurement isn’t a shot in the dark. You’re making decisions based on solid data. You know what’s in use, what’s lying idle, and where there might be opportunities to repurpose or retire assets. This isn’t just increased efficiency; it’s strategic procurement in action.

Consider the prospects: your role evolves from dealing with daily operational headaches to shaping a procurement strategy that reduces costs, bolsters compliance, and enhances security posture. This vision of procurement is proactive, not reactive. It’s about anticipating needs based on reliable data, not scrambling to fill gaps after they’ve become problems.

Enhancing The Effectiveness Of The CMDB

Enhancing the effectiveness of the CMDB goes beyond mere tidying up existing data or implementing stricter data entry protocols. It’s about adopting a comprehensive methodology that aligns not just with the CMDB’s operational requirements but also with your organization’s broader asset management strategy. This is precisely why I created the Pragmatic ITAM Method, offering a robust solution to the challenges faced by IT procurement managers.

The Pragmatic ITAM Method - A Paradigm Shift

The Pragmatic ITAM Method is not just another IT asset management framework. As detailed in my book “Rethinking Information Technology Asset Management,” this method represents a paradigm shift in how IT assets are tracked, managed, and optimized. At its core, the Pragmatic ITAM Method is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical ITAM best practices and the real-world challenges procurement managers face daily.

The method is built upon the principle of pragmatism, focusing on practical actions that drive tangible results. One of its foundational steps is establishing a reliable and actionable data source, addressing the prevalent issue of CMDB inaccuracies head-on. By emphasizing the integration of IT asset management within the procurement process, the Pragmatic ITAM Method transforms the CMDB from being a static repository of information into a dynamic tool for strategic decision-making.

For IT procurement managers, implementing the Pragmatic ITAM Method means gaining the ability to make procurement decisions with confidence. With an accurate and trustworthy CMDB, you’re not just reacting to immediate needs but strategically planning for future requirements, identifying opportunities for cost savings, and ensuring compliance and security posture are maintained. This level of insight and control is crucial for adapting to the rapidly evolving IT landscape and the increasing demands placed on procurement professionals.

Enhancing Vendor Relations and Strategic Sourcing

By design, the Pragmatic ITAM Method fosters a deeper understanding and visibility of existing IT assets, ensuring procurement managers can engage with vendors from a position of strength. This not only aids in negotiating better terms but also in building partnerships that support the organization’s long-term strategic goals. 

Moreover, the Pragmatic ITAM Method advocates for a continuous improvement cycle where the CMDB and IT asset data are regularly reviewed and updated. This iterative process ensures that procurement decisions are always based on the most current and accurate information, mitigating risks associated with asset obsolescence, over-provisioning, and compliance violations.

Collaborating for Success: Beyond the CMDB

Implementing the Pragmatic ITAM Method is not a solitary journey. It requires collaboration across various departments and alignment with the organization’s overall IT and business strategies. As an IT procurement manager working within the framework of the Pragmatic ITAM Method, you become a key architect in building a resilient, responsive, and cost-effective IT infrastructure.

Conclusion

If you resonate with the challenges of unreliable CMDB data, inefficient procurement processes, and constant pressure to optimize costs, it’s time to consider a new approach. The Pragmatic ITAM Method offers not just a solution to these challenges but a strategic, long-term advantage in the competitive landscape.

Are you ready to transform how your organization manages IT assets and take your procurement strategy to the next level? Let’s connect and discuss how the Pragmatic ITAM Method can be tailored to your unique needs. Contact me at 513-394-6317 to schedule a research call.

I’m thrilled to be moderating a panel at ProcureCon IT Sourcing in Boston in June! If you’re planning to attend you can register here and use my discount code PITSPONSOR24 to save 25% on registration. And, say “hello” while you’re there.

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Jeremy Boerger has over two decades of experience within the Information Technology sector. His signature Pragmatic ITAM Method is used by major manufacturing, healthcare, and global financial institutions. It enables them to Spend Less On Software Without Buying Less Software.

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