There are over 450,000 terms on record that relate to IT. The average person does not even have a vocabulary approaching one tenth of that number. For help in making sense of the ever growing library of esoteric lingo, Arthur Cole of IT Business Edge spoke with Mahesh Kumar, vice president of strategy at the business BDNA, on the subject of streamlining and standardizing the language.
Kumar believes that creating a common IT nomenclature will provide three major benefits to information integration. Firstly, it will ensure that the identity of objects or items within IT is consistently understood across all repositories, enabling the delivery of superior insights. Secondly, it will ensure that IT is able to filter relevant and irrelevant data, simplifying and improving the accuracy of analysis of information. And finally, it will allow organizations to provide the best context to go with existing data, as proper nomenclature will allow the proper specific markets to be applied to given objects within IT.
At BDNA and in conjunction with Technopedia, Kumar hopes to create and expand a base of terms that even includes an “Internet of Things,” which is generally when physical objects can be identified and represented in a virtual structure. He elaborates:
A domain-specific application of the Internet of Things is software-defined networks (SDNs). SDNs are valuable when the Internet of Things accesses networks, as this vastly increases the number of addressable identities connected to the internet and corporate networks. Knowing what the addressable identities are – through Technopedia – and applying the appropriate policies to those entities will vastly enhance the distributed global software abilities of SDNs.
One overall goal of a common IT nomenclature is to create a “vendor-agnostic” language that can fit for any business. Let us hope Kumar succeeds in his venture and that he can return IT to those pre-Babel days.