The history of IT Asset Management is derived from several major milestones that created the practice of IT and the potential for tools to actually manage hardware assets. The creation of Information Technology dates back to the late 1980s. In parallel, the innovation of electronic information and how it is stored, processed and transferred greatly changed the structure and potential of digital data. In the final major step, connectivity and mobility worldwide soared with the arrival and progress through the 2000s, driving a portability and convenience of business operations that demanded better structured digital tracking systems. In these few broad strokes, we definitely neglect to mention several events of granular importance, but the gist of what ITAM is today is driven by this history of consistent disruption and stacking of technologies.
IT used to only refer to the practice of storing, processing and transmitting information by using technology, but in the realm of business, the household definition is now entirely focused on digital information, and communicating it almost solely over the Internet or local routers. The creation of a network for a business, along with its available interfaces and security features is now a mature practice. Still changing steadily is the feature set, the performance, and the applications built for the IT products.
The maturity of technologies for now dictates that the time is ripe for structure to be developed. Once a platform of new best practices is built, as it has been in the last 15 years for IT and mobile devices, supplementary applications are soon to follow. By applications, we refer to programs that bring extra features, monitor and improve performance, and track processes. Examples of these applications: integration tools for business software, tracking software for assets and performance, and process management software.
One thing we can learn from the trends of technology development and product innovation in general is that new platforms provide avenues for structural applications. Like Oomnitza, these structural products increase the pace of platform adoption and expansion, and provide new branches for functional use and further product development. What makes a lasting structural product? It has to be able to adapt to new platforms, and support new generations of applications. Case in point, Oomnitza is actually designed to be open to integrating with any API, which means that Oomnitza’s value proposition will remain intact through multiple generations of IT platform innovation.