Archive for the ‘Technical’ Category

Supply Chain Software Integrations versus Interfaces – Is there a Difference?

By Mark Fralick
Date: April 8, 2010
Too Often, IT does not Really Understand or Care about Operational Needs; Someone has to be the “Operational Conscience”
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IT’s Relationships

Over many years of consulting primarily for IT organizations I have noticed a pattern into which most IT groups fall.  They have poor or even contentious relationships – with internal customers, vendors, and sometimes even between groups within IT.

And most IT people will say, “So?  What we are supposed to do is technical stuff, relationships shouldn’t matter.”

Maybe relationships shouldn’t matter, but they do.  Unfortunately, I have seen superb technical organizations which are perceived by their internal customers as incompetent.  They are doing all of the right “technical stuff” — they have 99.99% system availability, clean databases, virus-free LANs, capable help-desks and a responsive network — but they are still perceived as incompetent because they have failed to build and maintain good relationships.

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The Importance of ICT

Recently, we’ve been discussing a lot about virtualization and how cost-effective and important it is.  During my quest for knowledge on the subject, I discovered that Digital literacy is not only crucial for companies, but many leaders think it is also critical for the whole world economy.

 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is a term used to describe the combination of computer and telecommunications.  There are a lot of devices used for ICT and numerous ways it can be useful.  It is a necessary and essential tool for national and international development and is crucial for socio-economic and technological growth.

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Virtualization Success

Virtualization is a current hot topic and money saving practice for many organizations; however, the platforms and tools chosen for the organization can make or break virtualization success.  Therefore, we did some research to find out how the platforms and tools stacked up.  Below is the most complete information we found on the subject, from the Virtualization Journal Reader’s Choice Awards.  The original article was posted on April 15, 2009, by Sys-Con, and can be found at http://virtualization.sys-con.com/node/921426.

Following is a list of the 2008 Virtualization Journal Reader’s Choice Awards winners and finalists:

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Opportunities Arise with Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a new buzzword in IT.  So what is it and how can it affect your career?  Here are some of the basics of what it is and the skills that are involved.

 

Cloud computing is basically just the ability to leverage new platforms and resources that you don’t happen to own.  It goes hand-in-hand with SOA, which is laying the groundwork for a loosely coupled business that both creates and consumes services from an ever-growing selection of sources, both inside and outside the firewall. Web Oriented Architecture is another key term, and a more appropriate way to describe this, since more of these services are coming from outside providers.  Web 2.0, including sites like Linkedin and Facebook, is also a form of cloud computing.

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