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BDNA: Helping Enterprise Organizations Normalize Operational, Planning and Security Data

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Across the spectrum of IT operations, planning and security, accurate information about what exists within an enterprise’s operating environment is critical. Yet for most organizations, this is elusive data. A peek into any CMDB or Enterprise Architecture tool will prove this as identical IT assets will exist in the database using different names — causing significant issues during operational maintenance, security remediation or architectural planning activities.

BDNA helps organizations solve this problem through the combination of two products: Technopedia and Normalize. Technopedia is a reference catalog that contains information on over 1.7 million IT hardware and software products, and their associated, non-discoverable metadata. This metadata includes information like the weight of a piece of hardware, all production versions of an application, the amount of heat a piece of hardware dissipates, whether or not it has any embedded open source software and other similar information.

The information in Technopedia is then used by Normalize to, as its name suggests, normalize data coming from any discovery tool to ensure that the resulting information is consistent, accurate and enriched with appropriate metadata in its target data store. This normalization process is critical for any process that requires high fidelity data such as IT Service Management, enterprise architecture, procurement, financial management and security and enables organizations to rapidly and accurately identify any IT asset that is subject to an operational, security or planning activity.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, AppDynamics, Dynatrace, and VMware are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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More Stories By Jason Bloomberg

Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).