Thursday, 19 July 2012

  Computers are prone to problems and the concept of using them
in business has grown from a direction that does not support 
their implementation and use. To effectively refer to the 
underlying hardware one needs to understand that these physical 
devices, like our human bodies, can break down over time and use. 
Even a device sitting on a shelf, with or without power; is 
wearing out. The awareness of hardware life cycle is commonly 
known by IT professional and other business leaders; however 
being an expensed based ledger item it is all too often pushed 
off as a necessary evil to be dealt with at some later time.

  The next level up from hardware is the operation systems and it
is generally accepted software and it's known that regular 
updating is required; history has also cast a shadow upon this 
task though not as large and the hardware life cycle shadow, 
giving way to many, from executive on down, the desire to push 
off the inevitable updates to the last possible dates, despite 
most vendors endorsements to apply them once released. This 
paradox leads to much contention and drives the wedge deep into 
the crack that is the divider for opposing camps of computers use 
in business.

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At the top level, the application layer, the business drivers,
come like fireworks in the night sky. The sources and desire to 
implement and use application does not come from a single common 
direction and all too often it is sponsored by personal motives 
that cannot track back to a solid  business value or to one that 
is severely limited to a special purpose without any 
consideration to the bigger companies bigger picture. 

  The process of selecting hardware and software could benefit an
organization if the pieces where looked at more like those in a 
jig saw box. As the company formulates its vision, allow this to 
be the picture on the box cover to build your infrastructure from.


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