7 Things IT Must Solve

Ever since I got out of the corporate world, the scenario still looks the same. IT Infrastructure then still looks like the IT infrastructure now. What seems to be the problem with this? Nothing much in general, but if you would take a look at it, it would only boil down to one thing…..HIGHER COSTS OF MAINTAINING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

Three years have been gone, and three years seem to be a long time in terms of technology where new trends go out every two to three months. But has the industry adopted so well on this? Hmmmm, not really, but all I can say is that there might be some other factors like budget, non-adaptability or lack of management initiative.

Anyway, this article enumerates things that I think should be done generally, within the IT industry, specially here in the Philippines during the next few years.

A. DESKTOP COMPUTING REPLACEMENT                

Oh my! Enterprises still use fat desktop solutions in their computing needs? Not only it is too costly to maintain individual desktops whose processing power is only utilized by 10%. And the mere fact that each desktop installed in an enterprise still remains a fat target for hackers and other malicious users.

B. SOFTWARE LICENSING  

Since this is related to what I have stated above, imagine savings if these desktops are removed and are replaced with thin clients.

C. NETWORKING  

Still, enterprises use an expensive way to connect. How about using a VPN? Internet connectivity gets cheaper everyday.

D. PASSWORDS and the END OF IT

As we navigate via the Internet, most sites require a user to input a password. Some are lax, some are too complex wherein there is a need for the users to write them off and post it somewhere where it is too obvious, some are….uhhhrrrrm, not needed at all.

There’s also the significant annoyance of trying to enter strong passwords on mobile devices. With or without a physical keyboard, it can present a significant challenge. No matter how you cut it, passwords are just a bad idea.

But what can replace them? Smart cards and USB keys are great for one network or one device, but the problem is bigger than that. In a world of cloud services, iPads, and the Chrome OS, tokens aren’t the answer. It may be that the only “something you have” as convenient and portable as a password — and that could conceivably be applied across many systems and devices — is biometric authentication. But then every client device would need to be fitted with the required fingerprint or iris scanner.

Biometrics are also problematic from a user standpoint. Although I don’t necessarily share this concern, I’ve heard several people mention that they’d rather not lose a thumb to a villain who’s trying to crack into their bank account. Then there’s the possibility that if your biometric code was compromised, you can’t just reset it since it’s, well, attached and reasonably permanent.

Voice recognition, facial recognition, or any other form of recognition will have to supplant the common password eventually — let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.

E. SPAM  

No, not the canned one… I am talking about e-mail, or even SMS spams. As it stands, we are still not much better off than we were five or even three years ago. The volume of spam  has stayed fairly consistent, at somewhere between 95 and 98 percent of all email. It’s possible that the number of spam emails that actually make it into recipient’s mailboxes has decreased somewhat due to enhanced filtering techniques and an army of humans employed at various antispam companies flagging common spam emails. However, the problem continues unabated.

F. Virtualized Appliances  

Everything now should be plug and play, plug and go or plug and use. But still, there are lots of appliances still in the market wherein only specialists can only install and configure. I myself, have been involved with a project wherein we have to put out an application via the web, but the machine that was installed by the user is really too complex.. Takes really time to configure, to test and to implement.

G. IPV6  

One plain comment… Where is it now? Hurry! IP addresses are fast running out.

– viz-

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