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Conclusion: Effective ICT architectures allow organisations to become smart buyers of applications and infrastructure; and, ensure that technologies work together in a cohesive and effective way. Attempting an ICT strategic planning project without an effective architecture carries three major risks. The planning team will struggle to turn business ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 28 June 2004 | Hits: 414
Leighton Contractors recently made a significant decision in choosing to continue with in house development to upgrade core modules, in our enterprise applications suite, rather than going down the path of package acquisition and third party implementation. It has been an interesting exercise arriving at this conclusion which, at face value, appears ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Saturday, 28 December 2002 | Hits: 473
... hasty, inappropriate decisions but must be approached in the manner of any software applications system implementation, with the appropriate governance and management. Conclusion: It may seem that recognition of the risks associated with a reliance on legacy application software systems and the need to migrate these systems should be obvious ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 28 January 2008 | Hits: 385
Conclusion: The usefulness of Web based applications is not limited to the provision of Web-enabled front-ends to traditional business software. The Web also allows the design of applications that are capable of putting powerful human intelligence at our fingertips. Tapping into that intelligence to solve truly hard problems possibly constitutes the ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Saturday, 28 June 2008 | Hits: 486
Conclusion: Over the last 10 years the IT applications and infrastructure in many organisations has rapidly evolved forcing IT departments to implement a variety of new technologies. In many cases this has resulted in technology silos that are complex, difficult to maintain and costly to extend. To support the business through the next 10 years, IT ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Sunday, 28 January 2007 | Hits: 527
Conclusion: Voice over IP is having, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the telephony and PBX market. Telephony is becoming increasingly software based and is taking advantage of software-related economics. The popularity of services such as Skype1 and Babble2, and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)3, 4 VoIP applications demonstrates ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2007 | Hits: 349
... is properly educated, specific applications and business needs are identified, and realistic expectations are set. Observations:Microsoft has done a good job of promoting SharePoint as a ‘must have’ technology to the business community2. The company has caught the three new waves of business hype: ‘collaboration,’ ‘web 2.0’ and ‘enterprise search’. ...
Section: Content | Category: Vendors | Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2007 | Hits: 403
Conclusion: Both black lists and white lists are effective security measures, but these two approaches are opposites and therefore, have different issues and applications. If only a few items need to be forbidden, then a black list is adequate. But if only a few items need to be permitted, then a white list is the efficient way to enforce policy. When ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Monday, 28 January 2008 | Hits: 522
... services are misaligned with business objectives, they will hinder, not aid, productivity. Having a model to categorise different forms – or modes – of collaboration is an important first-step in accurately matching technologies to different collaborative applications. Observations: As a term, collaboration is used in an overly broad sense by the ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Friday, 28 September 2007 | Hits: 482
Conclusion: Lack of involvement of business unit management in IT has been found to be one of the main contributors to the difficulties that can arise in the IT/ business relationship. There are however a number of initiatives that can be instituted, particularly in Applications Development and Project Management, which have been found to have a very ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2007 | Hits: 326