Archive for December, 2010

Happy new year

It’s that time of year where predictions of what is coming in the next 12 months can be found everywhere. I am not going to make any but I found an interesting perspective which has implications for Domain’s business. The need to manage data and be able to utilise previously inaccessible information, mentioned in point 9, is something of which we are very aware.
Despite what I wrote above, I am going to make one prediction: we will be blogging about storage and utilisation of existing data in the new year.

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IT and ‘the business’

This is a very interesting article with many insights for those who are considering outsourcing and those who are not.
Point 4 can be generalised beyond migration to the cloud. There is often a tension between business needs and IT. It quotes Phil Fersht of HfS Research:

However, IT professionals must tool-up to deliver cloud to their business stakeholders, otherwise they risk a gap growing between business demand and IT supply

A close alignment between the business and IT is vital for the delivery of value.

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Human gameshow dominance in Jeopardy

Our Partner, IBM, shows that it is forward-thinking. 13 years on from Deep Blue defeating chess Grand Master, Garry Kasparov, Watson is about to battle 2 gameshow champions. Should be an interesting contest with implications for the direction of IBM’s future innovation.

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Merry Christmas

Domain Technologies would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2011.

I know that we are all having to save money and stretch budgets but sending out Christmas cards this small is just being mean.

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Interesting article about festive identity theft

Security software company Checkpoint offer some timely advice.

Particularly relevant was the comment from Bari Abdul, vice president of consumer sales at Check Point:

“By creating a unique password for each important account, consumers create the first line of defence against online thieves who can’t wait to gain access to critical data for financial gain.”

Good advice at any time of the year, but more important now given the extent of online sales.

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Government IT to be scrutinised

ZDNet blogger David Meyer writes that the Government’s IT strategy is to be probed.

The Public Administration Select Committee will look at how government:

“identifies business needs, the effectiveness of governance arrangements, and procurement policy and practice”.

This is in response to central government’s notoriety for:

“large IT projects running over time, over budget and ultimately failing”.

Evidence will be taken later this year and it will extremely interesting to see what conclusions are reached.

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Welcome to our blog

Welcome to our new blog. I thought I would start off by giving you a flavour of what we are planning to discuss in the coming weeks and months. As part of a constantly changing industry we have to pay close attention to trends and new ideas, and through listening to customers we can see the challenges they are facing. It is this evolution and new perspectives we intend to explore here, sharing our own thoughts and experiences along the way.

For example, a subject very close to our heart, is bespoke development, but is it becoming relic of the past? Rumours of the demise of most things are usually premature, but is there a place for this sort of development in a world where, apparently, you can take a box off the shelf and that’s the job done? How much compromise are business users prepared to put up with in terms of reduced functionality when this is traded again reduced cost? And does the perception of reduced cost hold any water? Is there another, better way and what role does the cloud play in the future of business systems?

What is email now? We all know that business couldn’t function without it but what does that mean? In a time when budgets come under extreme pressure, is email just a commodity: to be managed at the lowest cost? Should companies migrate to Exchange 2010, Notes 8.5, float off into the cloud with Google Mail or something else? How does the email strategy fit with more general IT strategy? Should we abandon our terrestrial services and locate everything is the cloud? Is this desirable and, more pertinently, possible?

How are organisations going deal with the vast amount of data sitting on their servers? Over the last 10-15 years data has grown exponentially as applications have become an intrinsic part of working practices. Until now, adding storage capacity has usually been the sticking plaster, but this is now becoming a critical problem as backups put under strain, legal and compliance issues become a greater concern, and let just hope nobody ever asks to find anything! Is there a smart way of managing this data where you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg just to find that illusive piece of information?

We hope you will come back and be part of the debate by leaving comments.

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