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... specific industries in remote areas. Of course, that is not what NBN is intended to do, but rather enable the apps of a new generation that human creativity will forge one day in the future. Observations: Last year the CSIRO previewed two applications for the NBN: Mining companies are utilising a technology which allows the site and machinery ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Sunday, 22 May 2011 | Hits: 918
... dependencies. According to IBM in a recent report on SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) in 2003, and quoting the best estimate available, approximately 70% of the world’s business data in large organizations was still being processed by mainframe applications typically written in COBOL. The 70% estimate supports the premise and empirical evidence ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Friday, 28 July 2006 | Hits: 534
Conclusion: Many organisations use flawed approaches for selecting enterprise applications. In short, they buy the wrong software for the wrong reasons. With many enterprise applications continuing in existence for 10 or even 20 years, this is a long time to live with a bad decision. IBRS believes the biggest failure made is skewing the selection ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Friday, 31 December 2010 | Hits: 644
Conclusion: Organisations that need to run legacy applications under Windows XP will no longer have access to economically sustainable options. In short, there is no way to maintain an XP environment without Software Assurance, and thus there is no practical way for an organisation to continue to run legacy applications without investing in Software ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Thursday, 27 March 2014 | Hits: 785
Conclusion: Enterprise software vendors and enterprise software users are increasingly investing in in functionality that is accessible from mobile devices, and many organisations face the challenge of making key legacy applications accessible on mobile devices. Comprehensive and reliable APIs are the key for the creation of architectures that enable ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Saturday, 26 April 2014 | Hits: 976
Conclusion: Many enterprise applications remain in existence for 10 or 15 years, or even longer. The magnitude of their total lifetime costs usually mark enterprise applications as being in the top decile of all IT investments. Despite these factors, many of those involved in selecting candidate products choose the wrong products for the wrong reasons. ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Monday, 31 January 2011 | Hits: 663
... the users are, what applications the users need, how mobile they are, and whether the organisation is moving towards web applications. Observations: In order to support knowledge and document management system deployments, and web-enabled ERP solutions, many organisations around Australia that IBRS has spoken to are deploying technologies to improve ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2010 | Hits: 674
... in finding a better way to deliver the desktop that both reduces the TCO and increases agility. That is, simplifies remote access, enables business continuity and speeds up deploying new desktop applications. The centralised virtual desktop, commonly known as VDI (which was VMware’s product name), was once considered a promising way to achieve these ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2009 | Hits: 665
Several years ago I was in the UK visiting construction companies to discuss and understand their major drivers and issues in their deployment of strategic IT infrastructure. In one company I talked to an Information Systems Manager who was most insistent that unless total user sponsorship and involvement in the analysis, selection/development and implementation ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Saturday, 28 May 2005 | Hits: 381
Section: Tags | Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | Hits: 117
Conclusion: Most organisations that use enterprise resource planning (ERP) software have a need to integrate the ERP system with other enterprise software. It is common for ERP systems to be integrated with customer relationship management software (CRM) and with all the bespoke applications that operate at the core of the business. Some organisations ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Hits: 906
Conclusion: Rather than building specific solutions for individual, mobile form and workflow applications, organisations should look towards identifying the most appropriate overarching mobile forms architecture from which many different forms-oriented solutions can be realised. Observations: IBRS has noted that some organisations seek to develop ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Saturday, 30 March 2013 | Hits: 937
Conclusion: Along with many benefits, mobile devices bring new challenges in securing access to the organisation’s data and applications. The real issue is not with technology, but in striking a balance between security and the mobile user experience. A common mistake is touse typical desktop management practices and tightly control the mobile device. ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Hits: 835
This month, there has been a lot of discussion around mobile technologies and BYOD practices. What’s especially interesting is a shift in focus from actual technology adoption and reasons for growth in this area, to the need for systems and solutions that can support the adoption of these devices, including device management systems and applications, ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Hits: 679
Conclusion: IT organisations wishing to migrate in-house services to public cloud should ensure that service providers understand the complexity of the in-house architecture candidate for cloud migration. This can be achieved by identifying the in-house service failure points within the legacy applications and their associated infrastructure. The service ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Saturday, 26 October 2013 | Hits: 747
Conclusion: Given that the public cloud value is maximised when end-to-end SaaS is reached, IT organisations’ misunderstanding of SaaS building blocks, business applications architecture integration and lack of mature multi-sourced environment governance will limit SaaS public cloud adoption. CIOs should establish a cloud sourcing strategy to assess ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Hits: 787
Conclusion: Organisations looking at building enterprise mobile applications too often put the device selection and coding tools selection as their primary concerns. Instead, organisations should be focusing on identifying the mobility architectures need to support business strategy. Technological priorities then become identification of broad mobile ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Friday, 31 May 2013 | Hits: 944
... 2. understand your applications portfolio; 3. develop principles for rationalisation; 4. assess opportunities for rationalisation; and 5. rationalise. Observations: Many organisations in Australia and New Zealand are being asked to “do more with less”. It is therefore a good time to consider the many disparate benefits and advantages that can result ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Friday, 23 August 2013 | Hits: 814
Conclusion: Disaster recovery continues to be an issue for many clients. Approaches based on tape have a low cost benefit but often recovery takes too long to meet the business’ requirements. The popular new approach of replicating data to a secondary data centre enables rapid recovery but at a cost which is prohibitive for some applications or smaller ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Friday, 31 January 2014 | Hits: 1892
Conclusion: In the last two years VMware’s desktop vision has undergone a profound transformation from a narrowly focused VDI (a centralised, virtualised desktop) strategy to a broader Dynamic Desktop1 strategy that supports Physical and Virtual desktops and Software as a Server and mobile applications. Despite this change, for the next 18 months VMware ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Sunday, 29 July 2012 | Hits: 907
Conclusion: Creating a lightweight governance framework for mobility is essential in ensuring that mobility applications are developed quickly and effectively, and are aligned to organisational objectives. The ideal mobility governance framework provides an agile environment to enable solutions to be developed using shared architectures, and focuses ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Hits: 962
This month Microsoft unveiled aspects of its new Windows 8 operating system at the Build developers’ conference. A significant change in the new OS is the use of the “Metro” style user interface, which will be familiar to anyone who has used Windows Phone 7. Metro involves extensive use of multi-touch and “tiles” that represent both applications and ...
Section: Content | Category: Vendors | Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2011 | Hits: 835
Conclusion: For the last 20 years an organisation’s applications and data have been largely accessed from a Windows desktop. While the Windows desktop will remain an important access platform, IT organisations will be expected to also enable access via mobile device and to support Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. The first step is to shift ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | Hits: 998
... of the NBN (when that occurs) will solve the issues of speed, it will not because more users, richer media and more applications will fill the bandwidth. Consequently a content distribution network (CDN) strategy ought to be part of any organisation’s online planning. Observations: According to Cisco, average IP traffic in Australia will reach 2 ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Monday, 28 November 2011 | Hits: 764
Conclusion: Organisations looking to develop and deploy mobile applications must realise that the mobile device market will undergo significant change over the next five years. This creates serious challenges for developers within enterprises, who must either create applications for specific devices and different form factors, or attempt to develop ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2012 | Hits: 1128
Conclusion: Once an organisation decides its on-premises IT infrastructure model must be transformed into a Hybrid Cloud model the important question becomes “how is this best achieved?” While Cloud Native applications and Dev/Test infrastructure are the typical first steps they do not address the Enterprise applications that are central to most enterprises. An ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Friday, 02 January 2015 | Hits: 878
... appeal to different types of organisations, and different applications. Due to the rate of maturation of these factors, CIOs should expect that an MDM platform deployment will have a shelf life of less than two years. Observations: The management and security of smartphones and tablets in an enterprise environment has been a popular topic across ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Saturday, 27 August 2011 | Hits: 898
... change how desktop refresh decisions are made. Instead, organisations should be creating an applications deployment strategy that looks not at devices and operating systems, but at ways in which to get the right applications in the right hands, no matter the device or OS. Observations: With the recent announcement of Microsoft Windows 81, and up ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 26 September 2011 | Hits: 759
... customers to focus on applications, instead of infrastructure, in the hope they consume more Oracle software. IT executives should keep abreast of Oracle’s infrastructure innovations, as well as the competitors’, and be prepared to rethink their existing infrastructure approach if an Integrated System can create a significant new opportunity for the ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Friday, 28 October 2011 | Hits: 795
Conclusion: In many organisations there is a major disconnect between user expectations relating to software quality attributes (reliability of applications, intuitive user interfaces, correctness of data, fast recovery from service disruption, and so on.) and expectations relating to the costs of providing applications that meet those attributes.The ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | Hits: 992
... minimising the relevance of in-house IT, from hardware right up to operating systems and higher-level infrastructure software. Enterprise application vendors such as SAP1 and Salesforce.com are pulling in the same direction. To avoid sunk IT costs and a dangerous level of technology lock-in, any further developments of in-house architectures and applications ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2011 | Hits: 928
... evaluate the long-term viability of this architecture based on its ability to run the applications that matter to the business. Since high-end UNIX systems typically have a 7-8 year lifespan, Organisations must have a strategy before purchasing new systems or undertaking a major upgrade. This strategy will be driven by the degree of dependence on, ...
Section: Content | Category: Vendors | Date: Thursday, 28 April 2011 | Hits: 897
Software, and or, middleware solutions to enable collaboration and other activities via the cloud are growing. Fortunately for organisations, the features, benefits and costs of the solutions offered by vendors provide plenty of choice. As this area of cloud applications and tools is growing rapidly, organisations should take a longer ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Tuesday, 23 November 2010 | Hits: 950
Conclusion: While many IT organisations believe that using public IaaS (e.g. AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google) to host business applications is a cost-effective strategy, the lack of IaaS usage planning will most likely increase consumption cost. IBRS recommends that IT organisations undertake a self-assessment of their usage management practices prior ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Hits: 402
Conclusion: Organisations typically discuss the selection of enterprise mobility development in terms of web-based applications versus native applications, which quickly leads to debates regarding cross-platform tools versus standardising on one platform, such as iOS or Windows10. This is entirely the wrong way to think about enterprise mobile application ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Wednesday, 02 September 2015 | Hits: 882
Conclusion: While the concept of bundling and outsourcing of IT services is simple, its pricing regime based on dedicated devices available and not client applications processed, frustrates efforts to make IT costs transparent to business managers. Observations: To overcome this lack of transparency, clients typically require tenderers to bid for ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Friday, 31 October 2014 | Hits: 254
... service are emerging in four broad generations of deployment: Business process, work flow and customer service have morphed from document and transaction-centricity to augmentation by social networking and mobility applications, followed by increasing support from a conversational (Chat) model aided by interactive robotic speech, and in future, ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Saturday, 03 December 2016 | Hits: 549
Conclusion: AI includes a very broad range of technologies being applied in virtually all industries. AI is being used in new stand-alone services like real-time language translation1 or extensions of existing common IT applications such as the increasing use of chatbots in contact centres or recommendation engines in digital marketing. This means ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Wednesday, 03 January 2018 | Hits: 318
... in functionality including mobile applications, enhanced reporting and analytics, and better integration tools. Observations: Increased demand for customer data has created a significant growth in CRM software capability and the number of CRM vendors providing options. Whilst there are over 150 CRM vendors within Australia, IBRS has observed two ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Wednesday, 03 January 2018 | Hits: 285
... of the traditional enterprise data warehouse. Therefore, like the source code and configuration data underpinning transactional business applications, the raw data and algorithms of AI solutions must be managed by evolving DevOps practices towards a comprehensive “DataOps” model. Observations: Traditional application development practices have matured ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Saturday, 31 March 2018 | Hits: 157
Conclusion: Business leaders should convert recent global interest in AI applications, safety and effectiveness into AI governance guidelines in the exercise of their triple bottom line responsibilities (for profit, social responsibility and sustainability) as outlined in IBRS research note, “The emerging need for IT governance in artificial intelligence”1. AI ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Tuesday, 06 March 2018 | Hits: 104
Conclusion: Many IT organisations have adopted business transformation1 strategies to help their businesses increase revenue. However, while digital transformation has succeeded in making the communication with the enterprise more convenient (e. g. mobile applications), it has been difficult to substantiate digital transformation contribution to the ...
Section: Content | Category: As a Service | Date: Tuesday, 06 March 2018 | Hits: 258
Conclusion: The ERP finance system is one of an organisation’s critical IT applications that can benefit or constrict operations. It is the backbone system that underpins how an organisation interacts with customers and suppliers, and manages day-to-day transactions and business operations. It is the CEO and CFO’s key business tool used to make business ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Saturday, 02 December 2017 | Hits: 288
Conclusion: Preparing the modern business for Cloud requires a common computing and networking infrastructure with new Cloud architectures converging with data centres over a hybrid of both direct Cloud connections and traditional wide area networking. Organisations must begin by conducting a “triage” of their applications into three networking categories: ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Monday, 02 October 2017 | Hits: 516
... mind mapping and encourage employees to utilise this proven technique, then it should manage the rollout like it would for any other major new initiative. A specific training program needs to be utilised, and if software is to be used to enable collaboration via Mind Maps, the organisation will need to determine an approach and evaluate potential applications ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 02 October 2017 | Hits: 430
... and conveniently locating and obtaining ICT infrastructure and microservices for use in low-risk small scale pilots or trials. As wider take-up is underway with larger applications being adopted through AWS and Azure organisations should begin to prepare for a shift in the viability of enterprise-level solutions. Our caution is that CMPs will not ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Saturday, 02 September 2017 | Hits: 563
... and adding a robotic overlay is a total waste of resources. Basic RPA applications do not need IT coding and can reduce repetitive tasks and improve accuracy. In more complex situations, use of RPA platforms and tools relies on leveraging IT systems integration in providing robotic aid to human intuitive decision-making. Observations: RPA Market ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Sunday, 01 January 2017 | Hits: 683
Conclusion: One of IT organisations’ objectives must be to reduce the total service cost of legacy applications by migrating them to a Cloud environment. However, achievement of the desired success largely lies in limiting the scope variations of Application-as-a-Service contracts and controlling the hidden cost drivers. This requires leveraging the ...
Section: Content | Category: As a Service | Date: Saturday, 03 December 2016 | Hits: 1404

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