A CMDB is only useful for ITAM if it is well integrated with ITAM processes. Most CMDBs act as a central repository of configuration data, or they can be easily integrated with other processes and their datastores. Some store information about the devices connected to a network, as well as information about software contracts and licences, which are associated with ITAM.
Storing all of this data within a CMDB allows information to be generated in a single process that can be seen easily by other similar processes. This strong integration enhances those similar, and other associated, processes.
Strong integration between CMDB and ITAM reduces risk, as it has the capability to log a server’s CPU, RAM, IP address, MAC address etc., which provides the opportunity to identify any red flags if this information changes unexpectedly. If a scanning tool finds an application that didn’t go through the approved channels, it could be a rogue or harmful application that may introduce vulnerabilities.