The State of the IT Landscape
There is more diversity across the IT landscape than in the history of the industry.
IT managers can take cold comfort in the fact that when it comes to managing highly diverse IT environments, they are not alone.
A new survey of 200 IT managers in North America conducted by Hubspan, a provider of a business process integration service in the cloud, finds that there are more types of browsers, operating systems and mobile computing platforms to contend with than ever before. And while some IT organizations may think that they can now draw the line at a particular virtual machine standard rather than operating system or browser, the fact of the matter is that there will soon be a host of heterogeneous virtual machines to deal with as well.
What all this means is that not only is managing IT getting more complicated, says Stuart Lisk, senior product marketing manager for Hubspan, but the integration of systems is getting more challenging. The end result is that business process and workflow applications, especially ones that involve multiple companies, are going to have to be able to function at a high enough abstraction to account for all the diverse systems that will need to participate in a process. Hubspan expects that this growing complexity will increasingly push people towards using services in the cloud, where the integration platform is essentially a shared resource that can be easily accessed by almost any device.
The simple fact of the matter is that IT organizations don't want to be hamstrung by all the hassles associated with having to accommodate all the diversity that is a hallmark of today's client systems. That means that rather than waste time doing that, IT organizations are looking to standardize on middleware products and services that mask all the underlying complexity from their applications.