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... 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: 506
... 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: 855
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: 691
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: 918
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: 568
... 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: 638
... 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: 632
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: 593
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: 351
... 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: 816
... 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: 740
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: 719
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: 914
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: 818
... invest in improving the level of fault-tolerance and usability of applications. In order to determine where improvements are needed, organisations need to understand the end-to-end web service supply chains that are encoded in their software solutions. Observations: External data storage, search, and retrieval services from providers such as Amazon ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2011 | Hits: 572
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: 923
... 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: 842
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: 853
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: 948
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: 1050
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: 868
Conclusion:SharePoint’s rapid installation across organisations (and especially within the public sector) is leading to fragmented deployment, which is then causing difficulties when attempting to merge or share content and applications. Organisations that are part of a federation, such as Local and State Councils – can alleviate future integration ...
Section: Content | Category: Vendors | Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2009 | Hits: 530
... devices, netbooks, game consoles and so on) increase, and as consumers become increasingly technology savvy, users are caring less about the operating system and more about the overall ‘usability’ and ‘experience’ of the applications on the devices, which are provided by user interface layers that reside above the operating system. While operating systems ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2009 | Hits: 446
Conclusion: Migrating physical servers to virtual machines is a one-off project that requires deep specialised knowledge, and IT organisations should engage a specialist third party to develop the migration plans and to perform the physical to virtual migration. This leaves IT staff free to focus on the acceptance testing of the migrated applications ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Thursday, 30 July 2009 | Hits: 527
Conclusion: Oracle’s vision is to become the leading IT Systems Vendor by creating a complete IT stack of hardware, middleware and applications. The objective is to reduce complexity, and to lower the total cost of ownership, though integration and optimisation across the entire stack. Oracle will retain Sun products that are both complete this Systems ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Sunday, 31 January 2010 | Hits: 489
... to WOC appliances will become increasingly important: as WOC capabilities get baked into application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs); and as organisations move towards web applications, which will require their own accelerators. Observations:The WAN optimisation (aka WAN Optimisation Controller, or WOC) market is currently dominated by physical ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2010 | Hits: 540
Conclusion:The various techniques of WAN optimisation technology will eventually become a standard component of networks, but this does not negate the need for better application design. Currently, WAN optimisation technology provides the potential of a network band-aid until applications are consistently designed for truly mobile users. Observations: ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Monday, 29 June 2009 | Hits: 565
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: 750
... 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: 753
... 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: 722
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: 933
... 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: 846
... 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: 710
Conclusion: the adoption of Cloud-based applications and data, the proliferation of mobile devices (i.e. Smartphones and Tablets) and the increased interest in BYOD is driving a radical change in end user computing. The old device-centric model, based on a stateful Windows desktop, is being replaced by an application-centric model where device state ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Friday, 01 May 2015 | Hits: 750
Conclusion: While the increased adoption of public IaaS1 can reduce cost and simplify technology procurement challenges, IaaS does not meet all IT organisations’ sourcing requirements such as legacy applications maintenance and IT service management. Hence, IT organisations are left with no alternative but to use multiple service providers to satisfy ...
Section: Content | Category: As a Service | Date: Thursday, 02 June 2016 | Hits: 309
... and applications has not been an intuitive choice for most enterprises but the supporting evidence for its value has built rapidly as seen in DreamLab. This case shows the power of using intensely popular smartphones to aggregate processing to solve supercomputer-scale problems. It also shows that an enterprise Data Centre is not the only place to ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Thursday, 02 June 2016 | Hits: 256
... to address the new applications’ unique requirements for appropriate security, resilient architecture, and elevated service level standards. Observations: Most organisations are re-engineering their products, services and processes to respond to digital disruption. However, most IT organisations are still using their traditional ITIL Release Management ...
Section: Content | Category: As a Service | Date: Saturday, 02 January 2016 | Hits: 453
Conclusion: The high-risk and high-reward Agile approach for systems development enabled many organisations to respond quickly to changing management strategies and yielded significant productivity benefits, according to a 2015 survey1. However the same survey found not everyone has been so successful, as lack of experience in using the Agile approach, ...
Section: Content | Category: Workplace Innovation | Date: Friday, 22 April 2016 | Hits: 354
Conclusion: Organisations considering applications migration to a Cloud service provider may lack the experience to understand potential risks or how to select a service provider. This may result in budget overrun or inability to meet business needs. While planning to engage a service provider, a “Plan B” (to invoke in case of failure) is needed to ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Wednesday, 03 August 2016 | Hits: 950
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: 1312
... 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: 69
... 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: 575
... 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: 401
Conclusion: This month, there has been a particular focus on service-based Cloud offerings. As this market matures, there are increased concerns regarding vulnerabilities that arise when using evolving environments without adopting new enabling tools and processes to support a shift. Approaches, such as retaining legacy applications in a new ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Sunday, 31 January 2016 | Hits: 264
... cost reduction initiatives. IT organisations should revive the enterprise architecture practice by delivering IT-as-a-Service with an outward focus targeting business, information, applications, and infrastructure domains. This will increase IT organisations’ credibility to become key players in business transformation projects. Observations: Enterprise ...
Section: Content | Category: As a Service | Date: Monday, 01 February 2016 | Hits: 270
... and use their own devices (and in some cases their own applications) while those responsible for information governance seamlessly maintain control over the organisation’s enterprise information, privacy and security. Observations: Over the next few years, digital disruption will present a significant challenge to existing IT departments. They will ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 02 November 2015 | Hits: 359
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: 709
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: 1860
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: 855