IT Infrastructure: Common Language for IT: 10 Ways It Can Reduce Waste, Improve Management

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-08-29 Print this article Print
Gain Strategic Insight

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When all systems refer to hardware and software by the same names, you gain strategic insight into a vastly simplified IT estate.  A common language of IT makes it easier to aggregate disparate sources when they all use the same conventions.
IT departments today are saddled with an ever-increasing volume of data. It doesn't look like data volume growth will slow any time soon. The introduction of employee-owned mobile devices, new cloud services and assets acquired through mergers and acquisitions makes it increasingly difficult for businesses to determine exactly what applications are running within the company and how best to manage them.  For example, an organization may have IT planning, IT procurement and IT operations applications referencing an Oracle database, but each application records the data in a different format. This creates expensive, manual processes to reconcile the data from each application.  Adopting a common IT language allows organizations to gain a complete, accurate and consistent view of their IT environments. This also reduces waste and supports better IT decision-making.  As systems converge into smaller boxes and multipurpose applications, simplicity becomes most important. James Gosling, who headed Sun Microsystems' Java development team in the 1990s, used to say the beauty of Java was that with it, "all the nodes look the same, from a Big Hunk mainframe or server to a desktop down to a handheld device," because Java connected them all.  Walker White, CTO of application management software provider BDNA, offers perspective on how a common language for IT can reduce waste and improve management.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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