Like many companies today, Textron Inc. is undertaking a consolidation. And as with all such efforts, it is fraught with political risks and leadership challenges. But at Textron, a US$10.7 billion global enterprise with 41 business units under its roof, the difficulty of balancing the closer alignment of IT services systemwide with the disparate business needs is truly daunting.
Since 1998, the Ontario Public Service (OPS) has been driven by a new vision of government, meant to be customer-centred, focused on its core business, streamlined and integrated, and accountable for delivering results.
A new Ethernet-based network storage protocol, designed for the transfer of SCSI (small computer system interface) data and commands over networks, is being positioned as a lower-cost alternative for localized storage area network (SAN) implementations.
Instant messaging, long considered the PC equivalent of cellphone text messaging, is moving into the corporate world and IT managers had better be ready for it, says IBM Corp. subsidiary Lotus Software Group's vice president for messaging solutions Ken Bisconti.
Wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 802.11a are hot network topics, but more than 90 per cent of LANs are still hardwired. While the different cable types in LANs are fairly standard and unchanging, companies are using new technologies to make the most of their wiring infrastructures.
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