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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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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.