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Configuration management database (CMDB)

A configuration management database, or CMDB, is an organization-wide database created as a reference for technology assets, also known as configuration items (CIs), and their contextual relationship information in the IT estate across various business functions. Technology assets typically include hardware and software, but increasingly may include additional hybrid technology.

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Data normalization

Data normalization is a systematic approach to refining and structuring raw IT data, transforming it into a consolidated, categorized listing of hardware and software. This process ensures uniformity, accuracy and streamlined IT asset visibility, enabling organizations to derive actionable insights, make informed decisions and maintain a clear view of their IT landscape. It's a cornerstone for achieving optimal IT governance and risk management.

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End of life (EOL)

End of life (EOL) signifies the predetermined date after which a product will cease to receive full support from its vendor/manufacturer. Recognizing EOL is essential as it indicates the phase where products might become outdated, potentially posing security and operational risks. It's a critical milestone in the lifecycle of IT products, impacting both strategic planning and operational efficiency.

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End of support (EOS)

End of support (EOS) marks the designated date when all formal support for a product by its vendor/manufacturer concludes. It’s the final stage of a product’s lifecycle, and it can expose organizations to vulnerabilities, inefficiencies and potential compliance issues, underscoring the importance of proactive IT management. EOS is also sometimes referred to as end of service.

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IT asset management (ITAM)

The end-to-end tracking and management of IT assets to ensure that every asset is properly used, maintained, upgraded and disposed of at the end of its lifecycle.

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