Because 70 percent of an IT budget is spent keeping the lights on, funding for innovation is constrained. Improving IT efficiency frees up more money for innovative projects, which lead to greater profits.
Identifying improvement opportunities is a first and critical step, and the plethora of technologies and heterogeneity itself is an impediment to this. Aligning data across various IT systems along a common language of IT provides the clarity enterprises need to identify immediate opportunities for improvement. For example, aligning data across purchasing and operations systems allows you to eliminate unused software license costs, resulting in millions of dollars in saving. A common language of IT creates data alignment. When data from different enterprise systems can be organized regardless of taxonomy differences, formats and sources, it leads to strategic insight, operational flexibility and big data analytics.
IT heterogeneity exists in today’s computing environments for three reasons:
Legacy technologies still support critical business processes.
The distributed computing era’s best-in-class technology approach led to enterprise IT integrating and managing multiple products and technologies.
Mergers and acquisitions increase IT heterogeneity through acquired technologies and products.
IT heterogeneity poses both a challenge and an opportunity, depending on how an IT team chooses to address it. In this slideshow, Mahesh Kumar, vice president of strategy at BDNA – the company behind Technopedia.com, the world’s largest IT reference catalog – shares the benefits IT professionals receive when they adopt a common language of IT to tackle the variability issue that exists within their IT departments.
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