Vendor lock-in is a major problem for enterprise IT, in part due to the complex and brittle integrations that connect products and processes. Communicating with a common language of IT adds stability to integrations and also provides enterprises the operational flexibility to replace some vendor products with minimal collateral impact to adjacent products and processes. This operational flexibility creates increased leverage when negotiating licensing contracts with vendors.
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.