Lamond 2000

by Fred Lamond


Current technological tendencies in communications bandwidth, networks, Intranets, Internet and eBusiness; server architectures and operating systems; PCs and thin clients, objects and program development tools; databases, transaction and analytical processing: what are today's standards, how are they evolving, and what strategies should you pursue?

What you will learn

Key questions addressed:

  • Internet and eBusiness: what security precautions are essential?
  • IP, universal communication protocol?
  • SMS, WAP, GPRS or UMTS for accessing the Internet from portable telephones?
  • SMP, parallel, clustered or NUMA multiprocessor servers?
  • Intel IA-32, EPIC, Alpha, UltraSPARC or PowerPC?
  • The eBusiness explosion: what are ist consequences for IT?
  • Centralised or distributed databases?
  • Notes/Domino or Exchange/Outlook for Email and groupware?
  • How much bandwidth on wide (WAN) and local area networks (LAN)?
  • Will Intel's IA-64 architecture replace all other microprocessor architectures?
  • Cable networks, ADSL on local loop, wireless or electric power lines for Internet access?
  • Network attached storage (NAS) or Storage area networks (SAN)?
  • Voice over IP (VoIP): what quality of service (QoS) on private and public networks?
  • PC or thin clients: which has the lowest ownership costs?
  • Which desktop operating system?
  • AS/400, Unix, Windows or Linux?
  • How can mobile telephones and wireless communications be integrated with current networks?
  • Centralised or distributed databases?
  • Relational, object-oriented or multidimensional databases?
  • How can one get around the local telephone loop monopoly?
  • Which Enterprise resource planning (ERP) package, which program development tools?
  • C++, Visual Basic or Java for desktop applications?
  • Java: programming language or application platform?
  • How can perational and decision support systems be integrated?
  • Centralised or distributed network management: with what tools?
  • How will the information processing profession evolve?
  • The Information Processing Manager's new role.

Main Topics

  1. The Internet and Networks
    • The Internet's Impact on Information Systems
    • Electronic Business on the Internet
    • The growing bandwidth in LANs, WANs and public networks.
    • Carrier Services
  2. Databases and Applications Development
    • Database strategies
    • Operation applications and the Web
    • Groupware and Decision Support tools
    • Object oriented programming and it's applications
  3. Server and Information System Strategies
    • Server architectures and their applications
    • Server operating systems
    • Network and System Administration
  4. Pc, Workstation and Workgroup Strategies
    • Desktop strategies
    • Future microprocessor architectures
    • Desktop and workgroup operating systems
    • The IT industry's changing structure and long term future