The Value of Visualization: Why is it easier today?
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Visualization of information is just the start of how we progress to control and then automation of our IT services and business assets. In many cases, visualization is a way to see and understand the many patterns and trends that you might not have seen in any other way. Seeing your business in a different light demonstrates the control and opportunities you may have. It also helps you mitigate the risk looming. Of course, we live in a complex world of systems, applications, and services that play a critical part of our business. Without standards, it becomes a challenging world to harness.
It's one of the reasons we moved to standards like "Linked Data" and Open Services Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) as an open standardized way of interfacing and accessing data. We know critical data is locked up behind proprietary APIs and custom systems. Standards like OSLC unlock that data for analytics and visualization. Let's go through a scenario of what some customers might want to explore and visualize. As a component of my change management process and before I patch a server, it might be critical to understand what applications are running on that server and what time is best to apply a patch. It is necessary to know the current patch level as well as any recent, pending issues or incidents for that server. It is important to know if the server is close to the end of its lifecycle and who owns it for a quick review and notification. You can imagine how difficult this would be if data was only available through proprietary APIs. How would I visualize this information in context in a web browser or on a mobile device? That's the challenge.
Once there is access to data through open interfaces, rendering that information in different ways in a web browser or mobile device needs to be easy as well as flexible. We need a simple approach to connecting our open data to visualization widgets and a way of adding new widgets quickly to the system. We need a way to locate those widgets with the right data connection on a canvas where adjustments for the device can be made dynamically. We need to be able to do this in minutes rather than hours or days. We know our IT environments are becoming more dynamic. Cloud is pushing the agility and dynamic nature of management to a new level. Enabling visualization through a very dynamic and flexible with a low cost of ownership is critical given our new challenges.
Whether you are building DASH boards for visualizing your development flow or the availability of your critical applications or the cell towers for wireless networks, this is now all possible with DASH. Having this type of visualization enables your organization to benefit from the power of information. It supports and conveys a message of control which leads to automation.
Does this sound like it has value and something you can use to run your IT business?
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