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?