Applications considered not core but contextual to the business can be moved to the cloud. To identify this application set, IT needs to know which applications are deployed in the enterprise, which options for moving to the cloud are available, and how to evaluate the right trade-off analysis. This information is embedded in assorted IT systems with no way to align and assimilate the data. A common language of IT leads to this normalization of data so cloud migration decisions are made with the most accurate information and analysis.
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.