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I have been involved in the provision of information technology solutions in the construction industry for twenty five years. In that time the industry has altered enormously and the model for delivery of information technology infrastructure has changed with it. I have been involved in the provision of information technology solutions in the construction ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Sunday, 28 August 2005 | Hits: 473
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: 343
Conclusion: Virtual Desktops was one of the hottest infrastructure topics of 2008. However, tight IT budgets due to the economic downturn, and mounting evidence that Virtual Desktops are more expensive that well managed full desktops, will dampen enthusiasm for this technology in 2009. Based on recent discussions with a cross-section of large and small ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Thursday, 29 January 2009 | Hits: 509
Utility Computing is gaining higher levels of customer interest and acceptance, amid significant investments by systems vendors to build on their individual "brand" (e.g., Adaptive Enterprise, On Demand, Real Time Infrastructure) and the resulting cacophony of terms, definitions, and strategic directions. However, there still remain several crucial ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Sunday, 28 May 2006 | Hits: 491
... localised IT infrastructure. In reality the concept of web services opens new possibilities to unbundle and mitigate lock-in, allowing internal IT to focus on the core business and to outsource the operation of non-core functionality. Observations: It is clear that you can travel the web in “first class” using a top of the line notebook, or in “economy ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Sunday, 31 May 2009 | Hits: 538
Conclusion: When it comes to design and implementation of an Enterprise Architecture, traditionally the key decisions regarding software systems have been around building vs. buying, and vendor selections based on criteria derived from business requirements. In the last five years however, many Open Source infrastructure software offerings have matured ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Thursday, 28 July 2005 | Hits: 458
... of various product and select an organisation wide technology standard based on existing investment, skills or alignment with strategic platforms. As part of an ongoing strategy to reduce infrastructure complexity (see “Infrastructure Consolidation: Avoiding the vendor squeeze”), ITOs should create a pragmatic plan to migrate to the new standard. Observations: ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Wednesday, 28 December 2005 | Hits: 482
Since the turn of the decade IT infrastructure has undergone an incredible transformation driven by the rapid commoditisation of servers, storage and operating systems. In the last 10 years relatively expensive high-end proprietary servers have given way to cheap but powerful commodity servers. In the same period expensive and inflexible internal storage ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Thursday, 28 February 2008 | Hits: 464
Regularly reviewing the quality and maturity of the IT service management processes in an organisation through a comparison with a comprehensive set of consolidated best practices provided by the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) will provide an understanding of where improvements can be implemented and where investments can be made which will ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 28 May 2007 | Hits: 335
Conclusion: Storage capacity growth rates have accelerated from a historical average of 30% to more than 50%, ensuring that data management and storage remains one of the key IT infrastructure issues though 2012. However, as the total storage capacity for unstructured data rapidly overtakes that for structured data, simply adding more storage capacity ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Thursday, 28 June 2007 | Hits: 438