So, I got a window seat on my flight to HP Discover in Las Vegas from where I could see a clear view of Mother Earth below and the abstracted view of the landscape. I had the Big Picture! -- A landscape that continuously changed as we went from Illinois to Iowa to Nebraska to Colorado and finally Nevada. Even though there was a changing landscape throughout the journey, I could also see a logical grouping of different types of landscape below. A grouping that took me back to what we do when we profile applications. Hence, my observation that Application Profiling -- or the concept of Applities based upon their personalities that I will be talking about at the HP Discover conference is something that Mother Nature has been applying ever since the dawn of time.
Let me explain more. Meanwhile, here are some of my earlier posts on the concept of Application personalities (Applities) like the Big Kahuna, Problem Child, Lone Star, Crowd Pleaser and the Generalist.
At 33,000 feet in the sky:
- Long ranges of mountain peaks that stood out in the Rockies towering above the others reminded me of the Big Kahuna.
- The lonely but welcome oasis in the Mohavi desert reminded me of the Lone Star.
- The farmlands of Iowa cut out neat and crisp in the heartland of USA reminded me of the Generalist.
- Problem Children -- even though I did not get to see them -- could be overflowing rivers causing flooding damage, soil erosion, mud slides etc.
- Whenever I saw pockets of civilization emerge where you would have a large group of residences clustered around a particular area with a little more vegetation than the rest -- you guessed it, Crowd Pleaser.
Thus, I could relate directly to each applity in the natural landscape that Mother Nature has woven over millions of years -- but she did it while taking care to profile different types of natural manifestations -- whether it be mountains, farmlands, etc. What I experienced on my trip to Vegas is the result of such age-old, sustained profiling. Profiling that enterprises ought to be doing as well with the myriad applications they deal with in their environments. There are several characteristics that one could consider when profiling applications.
In multiple sessions at the HP Discover conference, I will be walking you through the concept of profiling using their inherent personalities as a characteristic.
- DT2899 - Close encounters of the “Applities” generation: your applications have personalities of their own
- DT2898 - Applying the world's first Cloud technical standard to your environment