by Fred Lamond
New technological trends, networks, Internet and e-Business, computer architectures and operating systems, servers, ERP, CRM and other program packages, PCs and thin clients, databases and program development tools: what are the new standards, how are they evolving and what strategies should users adopt?
Key questions addressed:
- The e-Business explosion: how will it impact the Information System?
- Will IP become the universal communications protocol?
- When can we expect Ipv6?
- Symmetrical, NUMA, Shared Memory and parallel clusters: which multiprocessor architecture is best?
- Centralised or distributed databases?
- Notes or Exchange for e-mail and Groupware?
- How much bandwidth for wide area and local area Networks?
- Cable networks, ADSL, wireless local loop, satellite or electric power distribution Network?
- How can ERP, SCM, CRM and other program packages be integrated with legacy programs?
- Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network Attached Storage (NAS)? Will they merge?
- Voice over IP (VoIP): what quality of service (QoS) on private and public Networks?
- Which desktop operating system? Can Linux make a breakthrough?
- zOS, AOS/400, Unix, Linux or Windows .Net as server operating systems?
- Which server hardware architecture: Itanium vs AMD64, Power 4 and UltraSPARC III?
- How can mobile telephones and wireless communications be integrated in existing Enterprise Networks?
- Relational, Object-Oriented or multidimensional databases?
- How will XML impact Web applications?
- C++, Visual Basic, Java, C# or CURL for Client PC applications?
- IBM Websphere, Sun ONE or Microsoft .NET?
- Microsoft Passport or Liberty Alliance?
- What relationship between operational and decision support information systems?
- Centralised or distributed Network and systems administration? What tools are available?
- What security against computer viruses, worms and trojan horses?
- When is outsourcing of the IT infrastructure and/or new software project advantageous?