BDNA develops a federated software portfolio from all the environment’s disparate data sources, then augments it with rich market information, including software end-of-life, support dates, hardware power ratings, licensing data and more to create a rich, comprehensive deployment portfolio. It also normalizes purchase orders to create an entitlement profile in the same consistent format. Organizations clearly see what they have, what they need and what they can decommission.
Continuous Monitoring and Governance/CDM
Effective monitoring improves risk management, compliance, and sustainability. BDNA delivers the clean, accurate, comprehensive data that makes monitoring effective.
BDNA also enhances existing Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) investments by normalizing data that CDM tools generate and enriches them to include important market intelligence, such as EOL/EOS data, which no other solution can do.
BDNA leverages an organization’s existing discovery and security tools to report exposure to published vulnerabilities for the entire IT enterprise within minutes. This includes intelligence on exactly when assets have or will become End-Of-Life/End-of-Support (EOL/EOS). This unique capability stems from BDNA Technopedia®, the world’s most trusted and comprehensive catalog of IT market data, which contains more than 199 million market data points on more than 2 million IT products.
Technopedia market intelligence includes Common Platform Enumeration (CPE) information, Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) information, Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) values, and version information — actionable intelligence that can be mashed up with agency-specific approved/non-approved lists so that federal organizations can quickly and proactively identify and mitigate millions of vulnerabilities before they become active threats. BDNA also is a robust tool for managing “shadow IT.”
BDNA feeds data to downstream applications and systems, such as an agency’s Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), IT Service Management (ITSM), and cybersecurity scanning tools. BDNA interfaces with all major vendors, including Microsoft SCCM, BMC, Tanium, ForeScout, ServiceNow, Symantec, McAfee, RSA Archer, Tenable Nessus, Splunk and more.
Data Center Optimization and Consolidation
Migrating enterprise applications to core data centers or consolidating infrastructure requires actionable intelligence that explains exactly what assets you have, their versions and security attributes, and heir compatibilities and incompatibilities.
BDNA enables rapid visibility into an organization’s entire hardware and software infrastructure, regardless of platform. It captures inventory information accurately and normalizes it to a standard format for easy analysis of meaningful data, including power ratings, form factor, computing power, temperature ratings and more.
This enables agencies to better plan their deployments and consolidations for dramatically reduced energy and real estate footprints.
BDNA provides enterprise architects with the data needed to optimize their agencies’ connected enterprise portfolios: goals and strategy, business architecture, applications, technology, information and investments.
BDNA data delivers the visibility and transparency needed to understand and optimize the connections between all these portfolios so enterprise architects can understand the present and architect the future.
Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA)
Implementing FITARA to achieve better IT management results requires department CIOs and their staffs to have unprecedented visibility into their IT domains.
BDNA’s comprehensive, accurate IT asset data within the enterprise enables CIOs to make quick, smart decisions to prioritize modernization funds, eliminate duplicative IT resources, consolidate software purchases, reduce lifecycle costs and leverage Category Management and Federal Strategic Sourcing initiatives for commodity IT.
IT Asset Management (ITAM)
To achieve effective contractual, financial and inventory management at the heart of good asset management, government organizations need clean, consistent and accurate data. But most ITAM tools can’t provide that across all three functions. BDNA makes all IT asset and procurement data consistent, enriches it with meaningful product attributes and other market intelligence, and creates a consolidated view for better management and decision-making throughout the asset lifecycle.
BDNA rapidly builds a clean, complete inventory of all IT assets across the enterprise network, including PCs, mobile devices, routers, switches, servers, operating systems, software and network attached storage. This capability enables agencies to surmount the challenges of poor IT data quality, lack of standardization, incomplete data and keeping up with a constantly evolving inventory that is monitored by multiple tools.
IT Service Management (ITSM)
When supporting thousands or tens of thousands of devices and applications, federal IT staffs must have quality data about those devices and applications to ensure IT operations and applications run smoothly and reliably to support the mission.
BDNA aggregates data from multiple sources and normalizes it to a standard format to keep it consistent, accurate and complete, even during mergers, acquisitions and new product releases. It then adds market information such as end-of-life dates and hardware specifications to reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) times, increase first call resolution (FCR), and boost ROI on ITSM implementations.
License Compliance and Optimization
IT vendors and products change so frequently that underlying hardware configurations, licensing compliance and even the dollar value of contracts can quickly become outdated. BDNA normalizes federal purchase orders to create accurate entitlement profiles that include the most up-to-date information on vendor activity, product lifecycle changes, licensing metrics and more, ensuring that your organization maintains licensing compliance.
BDNA also solves the challenge of managing multiple licensing models and confusing terminologies, which occur when vendors, resellers and distributors use different licensing models and terms. Getting a clear picture of an agency’s software license portfolio across the enterprise means an easier time of finding and removing duplicative, unnecessary and outdated licenses.