Integrating network infrastructure for competitive advantage

Aug 2006

The network has come a long way since when it was used primarily to connect branch offices to the head office. Now a critical component of the IT fabric in many enterprises, it serves up data, applications and services, engenders new business models, keeps the enterprise secure, ensures its resiliency, facilitates growth, and allows it to communicate internally and with its customers and other parties. All this is made possible by the convergence of network technologies. Once thought of simply as the ability to send digitized voice and data over a shared network, convergence is today seen as beneficial to virtually every enterprise activity. Adoptions trends testify to this: in a 2005 global survey, 60% of executives said they will have deployed converged networks across most or all of their organizations by 2008. Almost half said they consider convergence important or critical to achieving their strategic IT and business objectives.

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MIS Asia Magazine, "MIS Asia August 2006", "Integrating network infrastructure for competitive advantage".

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Preparing for the worst

Dec 2005

High-profile disasters like the spread of SARS in 2003 and the tsunami that devastated much of Southeast Asia in late 2004, as well as rising regulatory demands, have helped push business continuity firmly onto the agendas of many organisations in the region. But as participants in a recent MIS Asia roundtable on business continuity planning held at Singapore noted, this doesn't mean most companies now have a solid crisis management system in place. The investment required, confusion over lines of accountability and the 'it won't happen to me' attitude all conspire to derail moves towards a framework that can guarantee that when the unthinkable occurs, business moves on.

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MIS Asia Magazine, "MIS Asia December 2005", "Preparing for the worst" by Jonathon Hopfner.

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Preparation is not a dirty word

Dec 2005

It is easy to conclude that this is an unkind world. Terrorism is an ever-growing threat, especially in the aftermath of the second round of bombings in Bali; Mother Nature has not let up, with a series of disasters from the December Tsunami, to coastal hurricanes to earthquakes in Pakistan. And experts have continually cautioned that the Avian Flu is a very real and very near threat, especially in Asia. This has not been a good year. This is all doom and gloom soothsaying, some insist, but the CIO cannot afford to ignore the risk, or face having to take responsibility for lost revenues when the organisation's ability to operate is compromised. It is up to him to be proactive, putting in Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) policies and practices that mitigate that risk and ultimately protect the organisation.

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CIO Asia Magazine, "CIO Asia December 2005", "Preparation is not a dirty word" by Pamela Tang.

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The price of a smooth run

Oct 2005

An unfortunate side effect of technology playing an ever more vital role in most businesses is that increasingly all eyes turn to the IT department when something goes wrong. Whether external threats such as natural disasters, identity theft and hacking attacks, or poor user practices that create internal vulnerabilities, rarely have IT executives been called on to fend off so much. And when disasters do occur, enterprises expect everything to be back up and running at lightning speed, conscious of the damage that downtime can inflict on their brands and reputations. The chief problem, noted many of the delegates to a MIS Asia roundtable on security held at New Delhi, India, is that business leaders often want this responsiveness at minimal cost.

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MIS Asia Magazine, "MIS Asia October 2005", "The price of a smooth run" by Jonathon Hopfner.

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The promise of IP

Aug 2005

On the surface, few emerging technologies seem to offer as much as services over Internet protocol (IP). The power to converge voice, video, data and applications on the enterprise network—and provide these services to users wherever they happen to be—could prove a critical tactical advantage for organizations struggling to compete in an environment where change is a constant and they are called upon to operate across more geographies. It's no surprise, then, that all the delegates to a roundtable on services over IP held in Hong Kong expressed a high degree of interest in the possibilities of an IT architecture based on IP, and were clearly aware of the benefits such an architecture could bring to their enterprises.

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MIS Asia Magazine, "MIS Asia August 2005", "The promise of IP" by Jonathon Hopfner.

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