One of the reasons that IT is so expensive is that every device and application communicates in its own language. That language was typically created by engineers, but the trouble is that the average person doesn't understand the cryptic language that, for example, a router uses to inform an IT manager about its status.
As a result, we have to hire lots of IT specialists to learn the language of the particular device that needs to be managed, which requires time and expense to master. But what if IT devices and applications just communicated using a common language that people could easily understand?
That's actually something the folks at LogLogic, a provider of systems management tools, is actually working on. According to LogLogic Chief Marketing Officer Bill Roth, the idea is to develop a semantic language for IT systems, which is an idea that LogLogic is trying to build a community around at a site called Semantics Online.
Obviously, this is the kind of effort that will take years, but the payoff could be substantial. The single highest cost of enterprise IT is the cost of labor. If a semantic language emerges that dramatically simplifies the management of IT, the implications could be huge, especially when you consider the challenges associated with scaling up cloud computing environments.
When it comes to enterprise IT, complexity is the real enemy. So any effort to fundamentally reduce that complexity deserves some attention, if not outright participation. Otherwise, the complexity and the costs that generate across enterprise IT will never go away.