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A two-day discussion of the managerial issues that must be addressed when retooling your organization for client/server computing.
Increasingly, organizations struggling to keep their information systems responsive in the face of rapidly changing business needs are choosing client/server architecture to implement new systems. They soon discover this new technology is fraught with unfamiliar problems and challenges.
Most discussions of client/server focus only on the potential benefits of the technology, ignoring the implementation issues that can doom a transition to failure. But client/server is far more than just a platform shift; its effective implementation demands a whole new relationship between management and the enterprise information system.
The Client/Server Management Issues seminar focuses on the risk, cost, organizational, and personnel considerations involved in a shift to distributed computing. From these discussions, participants will gain:
Who will benefit?
This course is intended for IT managers and project leaders considering or engaged in a client/server project. Technically involved end users can also benefit. Although no prerequisite is required, an understanding of client/server architectures—comparable to that presented in our Fundamentals of Client/Server Computing seminar—is strongly recommended.
Ensure a smooth and effective transition to client/server.
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Architecting for Change
In this module we describe the evolving business needs that powered the development of client/ server technology, how fulfilling those needs often conflicts with established IT infrastructures and practices. We show how the enabling technology for client/server has evolved and proliferated to suit the demands of end users, a process that—without an underlying structure—disrupts access to data required in today's rapidly changing business climate.
We examine common client/server models like the Gartner model, and expose their weaknesses; then we proceed to introduce the Services Model, a powerful, general model that describes client/server technology and shows how to build and distribute large applications.
The remainder of this module examines and compares two- and three-tier architectures. Topics include:
Both technology and business models are changing at a frightening pace. Taking advantage of these changes requires a revolutionary way of thinking about technology and organizations that revolves around process rather than tasks and data. This module analyzes this new way of thinking and shows how client/server—a process-driven computing model—mandates its adoption. It is shown why the efficient transfer of information is as much dependent on business structure as on enabling technology. Topics include:
Software Development Life Cycle Issues
Client/server radically changes the way software is developed. This module explores the impact of distributed processes and data on methods used to implement systems. Topics include:
The Cost of Client/Server
The cost of a client/server project depends on many factors. This module shows you how to project costs based on your current infrastructure and compares both immediate and long-term costs to more conventional architectures. The cost of servers, support, training, and development are considered, and direct comparison with an AS/400 is charted.
When & Where Does Client/Server Fit?
If client/server technology is still evolving, how do you determine when and to what extent to implement it? This module discusses the factors you should consider before making a move and introduces the Project Risk Assessment Profile, a valuable tool for determining the risks associated with client/server projects. Topics include:
Client/server is as much about people as it is about technology and infrastructure. A shared sense of business priorities along with enhanced technical and interpersonal skills are required if distributed business processes are to function smoothly and effectively. This module analyzes the necessary changes and charts the necessary paths to implement them. Topics covered include:
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