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Manager's Guide to Distributed Environments: From Legacy to Living Systems

ISBN: 978-0-471-19712-6
368 pages
November 1998


A complete blueprint to enterprise distributed computing environments

Manager's Guide to Distributed Environments

At last, here is an in-depth look at the current state of enterprise computing, including a critical examination of the technologies and issues that require decision-making. It describes the changing relationships and roles of solution providers and consumers, providing advice on how to prepare for the new environment while avoiding potential pitfalls. The authors provide insight and information for both non-technical as well as technical executives faced with delivering increasingly sophisticated services in a complex, changing environment. Manager's Guide to Distributed Environments also helps you meet the every day challenges of delivering distributed computing services, by providing practical tips, hints, and to do lists. Topics covered include:
* Planning and building distributed systems
* Developing applications for the distributed environment
* Managing distributed systems for scalability
* Networked application management
* Management implications of the new IT organization
* Reskilling technical staff for distributed environment computing.
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Table of Contents


Distributed System Environments: A Management Primer.

Using Objects.

Building Distributed Applications.


Executive Management Roles.

Choosing the Architecture.

The Management Landscape.

Understanding the Management Toolbox.

Evaluating Management Solutions.


Reskilling for Tomorrow.


Building Extensible Systems.

Delivering Enterprisewide Network Services.


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Author Information

RICHARD L. PTAK, as Vice President and Research Director at D.H. Brown Associates, Inc., provides strategic and tactical advice on the planning, selection and development of solutions, for the management of distributed systems and networks. His column appears regularly in Network World.

JP MORGENTHAL is President of NC.Focus, an IS advisory firm specializing in providing researchand consulting in network application technologies. Mr. Morgenthal, an Internet Week columnist, has published numerous articles in leading trade publications, and is a popular speaker at industry events.

SIMON FORGE has over 20 years experience in the information industries. He consults in telecommunications strategy and futures, as well as in the implementation of large Web-based electronic commerce systems using RAD. He is the author of Chaotics: An Agenda for Business and Society in the 21st Century,with co-authors G. Anderla and A. Dunning.
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