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