IBM Tivoli Configuration and Change Management Database

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Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database is IBM's strategic tool that is said to automatically discover the physical and application infrastructure in an enterprise, given the appropriate credentials. The low level component of CCMDB is called Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM in short). TADDM creates comprehensive application maps that include complete run-time dependencies, deep information about the Configuration Items (CIs) and tracks changes to the CIs. Deploying TADDM is the first step in populating a Change and Configuration Management Database (CCMDB) that serves as the basis for the automation of ITIL processes such as configuration and change management. It is also said to enable other ITIL processes like Incident and Problem Management.

Here is a summary of what TADDM/CCMDB is said to provide:

  1. Visibility of your IT Infrastructure: Understand what you have, through discovery of servers, network components and application infrastructure and middleware. Discover deep configuration about these components and the dependencies between them.
  2. Change History: Learn how your configuration items are changing over time: The tool not only discovers the configuration, but also changes in configuration to provide analytics. For example, The Procurement application worked last week, but not working today. What would have changed?
  3. Compliance: Compare the discovered configuration with systems that are considered as the standard reference models and determine the noncompliance. For example, how does the configuration of our DR system compare with the production system?

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