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The Optimization Taxonomy Analysis Test
Technology optimization may not quite be an industry in its own right, but it is growing rapidly as a discipline

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services

People care a lot about technology augmentation, refinement and fine-tuning. We talk about performance acceleration, pushing processing power and the required levels of storage we need to underpin modern IT needs. It's a never-ending cycle of regenerating work all focused on producing the optimal performance out of our technology stack at any one moment in time.

The ‘optimal' word is important; it has produced a technology term that falls into a sub-classification all its own.

Arguably more than any other single word exposed to the transatlantic incongruence which sees the use of the letter S replaced with a Z, the term optimisation (or indeed, optimization) is one we fight over with a passion. This passion is a result of the close feeling of ownership we attribute to optimisation. We care about it and it's a sensitive thing. But what does it mean?

Firms talk about optimising technology simply by moving to standardisation upon Software-as-a-Service centric frameworks. The requirement for visibility and traceability across data-centric software deployments means that firms need to streamline application lifecycle management tools across their organisation more broadly and more quickly than at any time in our past. Cloud can help this happen, but this is not our only definition of optimisation.

Optimisation is more than, just, standardisation
Optimisation can be brought to bear upon any set of (or single) applications that are (for example) ported to (or re-architected and rebuilt for) new mobile device deployment. Mobile has more considerations to bear in mind than desktop of course, but connectivity may be the least of the optimisation considerations that come to the fore.

For the record and to complete the point here, mobile optimisation is all about considering how an application will perform on a smaller screen size, with restricted (possibly touch, possibly keyboard or stylus) input methods, with limited battery life, lower levels of processing power (than a desktop equivalent) and then you can also start to think about network connectivity and other factors.

The optimization taxonomy analysis test
In fact this brings us to an interesting test. Known as the "optimization taxonomy analysis test," this exercise is best spelled with a Z due to the US locations from which most of the world's biggest IT vendors operate their communications arms from. Go to an IT vendor's press, news, about or general info page (anything with a search option basically) and enter the word optimization.

Take HP as a pertinent example (the firm has a close association with this story and is a perfect example so why not?) and you will get a stream of details relating to the firm's Information Optimization Solutions portfolio. This is a complete portfolio (hence the name!) of technologies designed to help organisations capitalise on the explosion of information, including operational, application and machine data.

Try it with other vendors and you will get information on other software services and approaches all tuned to the new much broader and more sophisticated world of optimisation as it exists in many different technology biospheres.

Technology optimisation may not quite be an industry in its own right, but it is growing rapidly as a discipline in so many respects that we cannot ignore its impact on the total IT stack. Whether you choose to capitalize, optimize and rationalize - or do all of those things without the use of the letter Z, it's certainly time to tune up.

About Adrian Bridgwater
Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

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