NetCentric and Client/Server Computing: A Practical Guide

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CRC Press, Dec 18, 1998 - Computers - 984 pages
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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.
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    Contents

    The Evolution of Computing Frameworks and Architectures
    1-1
    Netcentric Computing and New Business Capabilities
    2-5
    SECTION II
    2-21
    Architecture Frameworks for ClientServer and Netcentric Computing
    3-3
    Presentation Services
    4-1
    Information Services
    5-1
    Communications Architectures
    6-1
    Transaction Services
    7-7
    Netcentric Integration with Existing Systems 191
    19-19
    Interface Design 201
    20-1
    System Controls 211
    21-1
    Network Infrastructure Options for Netcentric Implementation 221
    22-3
    Management of Distributed Operations 231
    23-23
    Testing Implementation 241
    24-1
    Site Preparation and Installation 251
    25-1
    Project Management 261
    26-1

    Environment Services
    8-1
    Base Services
    9-9
    Development Architecture 101
    10-1
    A Framework for Testing Netcentric Applications 111
    11-11
    Operations Architecture 121
    12-1
    Transition Frameworks for Netcentric Environments 131
    13-13
    Platform Architecture 141
    14-1
    SECTION III
    14-9
    A Framework for Netcentric Implementation 151
    15-15
    Design and Implementation of ClientServer and Netcentric Architectures 161
    16-1
    Overview of Data and Process Distribution 171
    17-17
    Finalizing the Distribution Strategy 181
    18-3
    Change Management 271
    27-1
    SECTION IV
    27-17
    Netcentric Security 281
    28-1
    Knowledge Management 291
    29-1
    Collaborative Computing Solutions 301
    30-3
    Data Mining 311
    31-1
    Beyond Data Warehousing 321
    32-3
    Componentware 331
    33-1
    Costs and Frameworks for Managing the ClientServer Environment 341
    34-3
    ABOUT THE AUTHORS
    34-17
    INDEX IN1
    IW-1
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