From Federal Express's package tracking Website, to Amazon.com, netcentric computing has been evolving, slowly-but-surely, one solution at a time, since the early 1990s. Over the past year or so, the trickle has grown into a torrent of netcentric innovations of wider and wider scope, developed in companies around the globe. Now, a new enterprise computing paradigm has sprung into being. Until now, there has been no comprehensive netcentric model, clearly defined netcentric system architecture, or established set of guiding principles to help you gear up for this next stage in the evolution of enterprise computing. written by the experts at Andersen Consulting, Netcentric and Client/Server Computing: A Practical Guide, offers you this and more.
Of course, a book can never take the place of experts who wrote it, but this revised, updated, and expanded edition of Andersen Consulting's noted guide is an important first step in acquiring the knowledge and skills you need to bring netcentric capabilities into your organization. You'll learn from 13 acknowledged world experts what netcentric computing is, how it works, and how you can use it to provide your organization with an unstoppable competitive edge.
Based upon their experiences with mission-critical netcentric implementations at 100 of the most successful business organizations on the planet, these experts explain how netcentric computing can help you enable new business capabilities. Using dozens of fascinating case examples, they show you how to seamlessly integrate computing, communications, and knowledge resources in order to forge solid links among your company's employees, units, customers, suppliers, and partners, regardless of time, location, device, or content. And, they provide priceless advice and guidance on how to exploit the endless array of possibilities provided by netcentric computing to develop exciting new customer services, identify new markets, cut costs, engineer internal processes for improved business performance, and more.
Netcentric and Client/Server Computing is divided into four,
self-contained sections for ease of reference.
Section I introduces you to basic netcentric principles and concepts, provides an overview of state-of-the-art in netcentric computing models, and develops a solid business case for netcentric computing.
Section II acquaints you with the various technologies involved and describes a comprehensive netcentric architecture.
Section III is devoted to crucial analysis, design, and implementation issues, including design specifics for architectures, applications, and networks; rollout strategies; and ongoing management of distributed operations.
Section IV explores emerging technologies and their likely impact on the future of netcentric computing.
Table of Contents
Section I: Overview of Netcentric Computing Solutions
I-1 Netcentric: The Evolution of Computing, Frameworks, and
I-2 Netcentric Computing and New Business Capabilities
Section II: Architectures and Frameworks for Netcentric
II-1 Architecture Frameworks for Client/Server and Netcentric
II-2 Presentation Services
II-3 Information Services
II-4 Communications Architectures
II-5 Transaction Services
II-6 Environment Services
II-7 Base Services
II-8 Development Architecture
II-9 A Framework for Testing Netcentric Applications
II-10 Operations Architecture
II-11 Transition Frameworks for Netcentric Environments
II-12 Platform Architecture
Section III Designing and Implementing Netcentric Solutions
III-1 A Framework for Netcentric Implementation
III-2 Design and Implementation of Client/Server and Netcentric
III-3 Overview of Data and Process Distribution
III-4 Finalizing the Distribution Strategy
III-5 Netcentric Integration with Existing Systems
III-6 Interface Design
III-7 System Controls
III-8 Network Infrastructure Options for Netcentric Implementation
III-9 Management of Distributed Operations
III-10 Testing Implementation
III-11 Site Preparation and Installation
III-12 Project Management
III-13 Change Management
Section IV Special Topics
IV-1 Netcentric Security
IV-2 Knowledge Management
IV-3 Collaborative Computing Solutions
IV-4 Data Mining
IV-5 The Information Delivery Facility: Beyond Data Warehousing
IV-7 Costs and Frameworks for Managing the Client/Server