IT Architecture: Standardizing Technology
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Standardization of technology is a common part of IT architecture projects. A standardized technology reduces complexity and offers benefits such as cost savings through economy of scale, ease of integration, improved efficiency, greater support options, and simplification of future control. Some common targets for standardization include
User workstation environments: This includes desktop hardware, operating system, and user productivity suites.
Software development: Consider standardizing not only programming languages, but also software development practices.
Database management systems: Try to standardize on a single database platform, such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL, mySQL, or PostgreSQL.