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When I joined BMC Software just over 3 years ago I came to the company with one key aim in mind, to make the CMDB a better CMDB.

 

As a team here at BMC we have made strides on that journey but none bigger, outwardly at least, than the version we released just before the holidays, the Atrium CMDB is going through somewhat of a transformation and we want you to be some of the first to see it and also have input to what we are doing.

 

With the release at the end of 2017 of 9.1.04 we have embarked on the transformation of the Configuration Manager User Experience. Many of our customers have been contacting me asking when this was coming or asking if CMDB was coming to SmartIT as that solution has evolved.

 

The new user experience is beautiful, intuitive but also functional and helps you 'get things done!' Don't get me wrong there is a learning curve, some things work slightly differently, the UI certainly looks completely different But instead of typing about it, let me show you with some teaser screenshots (for some reason here I wanted to have a James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman voice over....)

 

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Screenshot: CMDB Login Page

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Screenshot: CMDB CI Updates Summary

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Screenshot: CMDB Reconciliation Job Listing (Identify)

 

We have also introduced some new thinking for 'in tool' help and guidance. Introducing a new user experience is fraught with potential issues and isn't something that happens frequently due to this, however in order to make it easier for you, our customers, we want to ease you into the new approach we are taking.

 

With this in mind we have implemented some new functionality that will help with orientation in the new experience and also provide interactive 'in tool' help this is a mix of walkthrough style help along with video content - it's not all finished yet of course, this is a beta program - but we have exposed some of the ideas and thinking from our documentation team and engineering.

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Screenshot: Configuration Managers Dashboard - Health Panel

 

We would all really appreciate your thoughts on this approach and implementation.

 

We are looking forward to discussing these changes and evolving them as we move forward, we plan for our next release to introduce changes around consumption of CMDB including a new graphical framework (think replacement for Atrium Explorer) and also improved searching capabilities to make finding the information you are looking for easier and more straightforward.

 

Stephen Earl

Lead Product Manager, Atrium CMDB

BMC Software