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.
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