Lamond 2002

by Fred Lamond


New technological trends, networks, Internet and e-Business, computer architectures and operating systems, servers, 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 eBusiness explosion: how will it impact the information system?
  • Internet and eCommerce: what are the security problems and requirements?
  • Will IP become the universal communications protocol?
  • Symmetrical, shared memory, NUMA, parallel and clusters: which multiprocessor architecture is best?
  • Intel, AMD, Transmeta, UltrasSPARCIII or Power 4 processors?
  • Will Intel's new IA-64 architecture replace all other architectures?
  • Centralised or distributed databases?
  • Notes or Exchange for Email and groupware?
  • How much bandwidth for wide area and local area networks?
  • How can one get around the local loop monopoly?
  • Cable networks, ADSL, wireless local loop, satellite or electric power distribution network?
  • Customer relations (CRM) and supply chain (SCM) management programs: ERP extensions or independent applications?
  • Storage area network (SAN) or network attached storage (NAS)?
  • Voice over IP (VoIP): what quality of service (QoS) on private and public networks?
  • PCs or thin clients: how do total costs of ownership (TCO) compare?
  • Which desktop operating system?
  • zOS, OS/400, Unix, Linux or Windows 2002 as server operating systems?
  • How can mobile telephones and wireless communications be integrated in existing enterprise networks?
  • When can we expect 3G cellular networks? For what applications?
  • Relational, object-oriented or multidimensional databases?
  • How will XML impact Web applications?
  • Which ERP package, which program development tools?
  • C++, Visual Basic, Java, C# or CURL for client PC applications?
  • Sun ONE or Microsoft .NET?
  • Microsoft Passport or Liberty Alliance?
  • For what applications could outsourcing or Web hosting be considered?
  • What relationship between operational and decision support information systems?
  • Why converge computer and telephony networks and applications?
  • Centralised or distributed network and systems administration?
  • What tools are available?
  • What security against computer viruses, worms and Trojan horses?
  • Which systems are most vulnerable?
  • What is the Information Systems Director's new role?
  • How will the IT industry's other professions evolve?