Lamond 2001

by Fred Lamond


Recent technological developments and their impact on information processing strategies. Recent technological developments in networks, Internet, Intranets and Extranets, e-business and e-commerce, server architectures and operating systems, PCs and thin clients, databases and development toots : How are standards evolving? How should user strategies?
Key questions addressed:

  • The e-business explosion: what is its impact on the information system?
  • Internet and e-commerce: how secure are they?
  • SMP, parallel, NUMA and clustered servers: which architecture is best for which applications ?
  • How scaleable is each? What are their performance/price ratios?
  • Data file centralisation or distribution?
  • Messaging and groupware systems : Notes/Domino or Exchange?
  • How much bandwidth is and will soon be available on wide area and local area networks?
  • Cable networks, ADSL on local loop, radio loop, satellite or electrical distribution network ?
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) : what quality of service (QoS) on private and public networks?
  • Mobile telephones and wireless communications : can they be integrated into existing networks?
  • Computer-telephony integration (CTI) and its applications.
  • Centralised or distributed network management ? What tools and packages?
  • Which application servers and integration tools are best?
  • Network attached storage (NAS) or Storage area network (SAN)?
  • PCs or thin clients : what are their respective total costs of ownership (TCO)?
  • Which desktop operating system?
  • AS/400, Unix, Windows 2000 or Linux on servers?
  • How compatible are Unix and Linux?
  • Is open source software commercially viable?
  • SuSE, RedHat, Caldera or TurboLinux distribution?
  • Plex, inverted file, relational, object-oriented or multidimensional databases?
  • XML : how will it affect applications?
  • How are enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages evolving?
  • Supply chain management (SCM) and customer relations management (CRM) : should they be implemented separately or as part of ERP?
  • Visual Basic, Java or C# ? Which is the best development tool?
  • Intranet/Extranet, is this the new information processing paradigm?
  • How can operational and decision support systems be integrated?
  • What are the Information Systems Director's new tasks?
  • How will the information processing professions evolve?