Technology Options For The Enterprise

First, some numbers:
In 1996-97, the Indian users spent a little more than Rs 7,000 crore on IT products
and services.
In 1997-98, this figure is estimated to be in the region of Rs 8,500 to 9,000 crore.
In the calendar year 1997, an estimated 2500 products were launched in the US.
In the decade ending 1997, the US industry had reportedly spent about one trillion dollars
on IT.

Where has all the money gone? Compare it to
another insignifi-cant piece of data. In the mid to late eighties, the Japanese industry
was well ahead of the US corporate segment in terms of efficiency, productivity, and
technology adaptation. In the last five years, the US industry has surged ahead, with
behemoths like GM, Exxon, and IBM rebounding from the rough patch that they hit, while as
we are talking today, the Japanese industry and the economy may just be hitting a
tailspin.

There has been established in the past a
high degree of correlation between IT investment and middle-term and long-term economic
success. In fact, the first tentative steps to the process is in shifting the thought of
IT as an investment rather than an expense. It is from these foundations that the
wellspring of productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency comes.

And that was the idea! If there was ever an
effective method of sifting through the technology maze, zeroing in on the ones that made
most sense, examining the options, and possibly charting the future course.

Actually speaking, this is neither about
options nor is it about directions. That is because you have the option of choosing to
ignore one or more of the ideas presented here (at your own peril, of course!) or even
charting your march to the tune of a different drummer.

Otherwise, presented here are technologies,
issues, and directions that will be on the forefront of corporate IT strategies in the
short to medium-term. Ranging from hardware specifications through email to
datawarehousing to network security issues, we take you through what will be the hottest
issues that the CIO will face. The pieces here will explain in simple terms what these
issues mean, which direction are we headed in, and most importantly, what you should do
about them.

Welcome aboard.

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