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Change Impact Analysis and CMDBs

This webcast covers different ways to communicate complex risk and dependencies using impact forms and Visio visualisation amongst others. A key reason to implement a CMDB is to support improved impact and risk analysis for changes and incidents. In practice, many people find that lots of asset data doesn't help and a more focused CMDB and set of outputs is required.
Recorded Jul 27 2012 42 mins
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David Cuthbertson, Robert Cowham
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  • Change Impact Analysis and CMDBs Recorded: Jul 27 2012 42 mins
    David Cuthbertson, Robert Cowham
    This webcast covers different ways to communicate complex risk and dependencies using impact forms and Visio visualisation amongst others. A key reason to implement a CMDB is to support improved impact and risk analysis for changes and incidents. In practice, many people find that lots of asset data doesn't help and a more focused CMDB and set of outputs is required.
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