Future proof connectivity
Connectivity infrastructure is arterial to every businesswhether its
internal connectivity to ensure smooth workflows, or tying-up geographically
dispersed locations, say branch offices or distributors.
This month's cover story is not about the bare bones of connectivity, it a roadmap
for new and not-so-new technologies that enterprises can adopt to ensure seamless,
future proof information exchange.
Connectivity technologies have evolved over the years, and a deluge of new
technologies like Wi-Fi, CDMA, OM3 optic fibre, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet promise
to bring higher bandwidth, better QoS, and simpler management features. Many
of these technologies work in parallel and some even compete with each other.
So, which ones should you choose for your organisation?
To provide you, the busy CIO, with a fair estimate of the available connectivity
options, we took on the task of analysing connectivity technologies, both wireless
and wireline, for enterprise LAN, WAN and campus connectivity. In our stories
we have included the two neglected aspects of connectivitycabling and
Cabling is a long-term investment because it cannot be replaced every few years.
It requires careful thought and planning so it can accommodate the increasing
connectivity needs of the company.
A connectivity strategy is a must for any enterprisehow do you manage
increased bandwidth requirements, or add to the existing network to accommodate
suppliers and new branch offices. The story "Taking a organised approach
to connectivity" (page 50) talks about the strategies that CIOs can adopt
for capacity planning and optimisation.
In Hi-tech Hotshots, we have C N Ram, IT-Head of HDFC Bank talking about his
journey from IIT/IIM-A to Bank of America and HDFC Bank thereafter.
In the case study section we have Fortis Healthcare that developed its own Healthcare
Information System to overcome the lack of a readily available solution.