Just a few decades ago, tech executives did their best to consolidate suppliers. It seemed like a good way to simplify their tech strategies and help ensure vendor accountability. This is where the term “one throat to choke” originated, but the phrase is now overrated, even offensive. At the time the term was coined, it spoke to a level of customer frustration that was nearing the crisis point. The phrase actually suggested that “one throat to choke” would be an improvement over the status quo.
The end of “one-size-fits-all”
Those days are over, because ingenious products and companies are being created daily. A new generation of nimble, customer-success-oriented companies is grabbing market share and providing organizations with smarter, more tailored options.
In the world of rich APIs and a multitude of choices, organizations can choose best-of-breed software that seamlessly interacts. For instance, organizations can integrate Oomnitza’s asset management across identity management, device management, and service desks. This results in solutions that take advantage of software from the industry’s finest suppliers yet still provide a high level of integration and easy configurability. What’s more, they’re automated, so they reduce inadvertent human errors and hands-on, tedious, morale-stifling work.
Best-of-breed: key to Thing Management
In today’s world of smart sensors and devices, the IoT, everything is a “Thing” that needs to be managed. It may be part of your corporate infrastructure, like a server or a network switch. Or, it could be a sensor on an oil rig or HVAC system, a point-of-sale terminal in a retail store, or a computer embedded in a self-driving vehicle. The best-of-breed approach is ideal for “Thing Management,” which is why we have dozens of partner integrations, and we continue to support more.
The landscape of Things that need managing is becoming bigger and more complex by the year. Experts predict that there will be 1 trillion networked devices by 2022 and 45 trillion by 2038. The line between internal and external devices will blur. Every company will be an IoT company. Adding to the challenge, more and more assets will be on the move, versus being situated on a desk or in a data center.
The key to succeeding in the IoT world is to think “Thing Management” versus strictly asset management. Organizations will need to be able to see details such as end-of-warranty or end-of-life at a glance, taking the burden off the IT team to manually track these details. It’s not just IT that benefits; finance teams will need to measure the organization’s asset inventories, report on them, and have visibility into which employees have which assets. Executives and line-of-business managers will all need to keep a pulse on the asset inventory, too.
With increasing asset complexity, tech executives are looking for better ways to keep track of and secure all of the Things that keep their organizations and employees at peak performance. But they don’t have to compromise. They can select their preferred, best-of-breed software and easily integrate it with Oomnitza. It’s the way of today, the way of the future, and the end of “one throat to choke.”
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