Release 1.5 – new features
The CMDB Explorer’s visual interface has been completely rebuilt. A new, meaningful and structured interface supports users when analysing dependencies. And “under the hood” there have been some optimisations so that the new Explorer is not only easier to understand it’s also quicker to use. The option of adjusting views to match the informational requirements of the current user saves much searching and simplifies the analysis of potentially affected IT components. To make further processing easier still it’s, of course, also possible to export these views in SVG and GraphML, so that, for instance, you can make use of them in the free software programme yEd. This therefore makes the idea of “a CMDB that you can carry around in your pocket” a reality – which is something that has been requested multiple times in the last couple of weeks in regards to contingency planning.
Particular attention has been paid in i-doit 1.5 to the performance of the data import feature. Dependent on your infrastructure this can now achieve up to a 5-fold performance boost. The discovery process can now be controlled completely from within i-doit. You therefore save time as you no longer have to switch between 2 tools. To help ensure that content is kept up-to-date and accurate it is now also possible to selectively update individual components using the new import mechanism. Another frequently requested idea for improvement was the specific support for operating systems. The allocations were implemented according to the feedback received from some power users.
By implementing this function, which equally had been requested from many of our customers, i-doit has taken another step towards IT service management and service modelling. Services get a more centralised role in documentation in i-doit 1.5 and can be accessed from the “extras” menu. This new category allows you to save additional content for IT services so that “service catalogue” mapping in the CMDB is becoming more and more a reality.
This function allows you to start external programmes (scripts) when running particular jobs in i-doit. A configuration user interface allows you to link actions and programmes together. So, for instance, when creating a new VM guest system this can also be made known to the virtual environment or data in a CI can be transferred in near real-time to a third system.
A small improvement, and one that’s already been anticipated, is the relocation extension. Here’s an example scenario: an employee is switching departments or desks. Now all components need to be moved manually within i-doit and the information has to be updated. Using the relocation extension this can be done by drag and drop.
i-doit now offers a uniqueness check alongside a plausibility check when working with IT documentation that operates on the field level. In the new graphical user interface the user can check any fields to see whether those entries are unique – and that no redundancies have crept in. This prevents faults from occurring across the entire range of functions and avoids potential process shortcomings.
The CSV import function has been extended to include the most popular custom categories.
This makes accurate documentation of cables possible and includes colour, wavelength, wires and fibres. Additionally, cabling and ductwork have been added to our standard set of object types.