December 2013

Standard Infrastructure

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #30: Standish research shows that a majority of IT organizations have or are moving to a standard infrastructure. In this show the CHAOS Team and our special guest, Bill Niemi, discuss standard infrastructure. Standard Infrastructure: Having the same set of IT components throughout the organization. You may have multiple sets of components for different types of activities, but they are generally vertically specified. The vertically specified components will include such products as server type, database, and middleware. There are also horizontal standard infrastructure components such as a management system, storage solutions, and network appliances. In this program we explore:

  • Standard infrastructure defined
  • Benefits of a standard infrastructure
  • Drawbacks of a standard infrastructure
  • The Cloud Computing factor
  • Enterprise Architecture

Part of CHAOS Tuesday: looks at resources that an organization can use to create and maintain a standard infrastructure.

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Bill Niemi

Bill Niemi is a professional IT advisor. For twenty-four years Mr. Niemi was a Technology Vice President of Fidelity Investments. During his time at Fidelity, Bill oversaw the a variety of system technical implementation for distributed systems, computer graphics, network protocols including decisions on operating systems, databases and middleware. Working at NBC News, Bill was a pioneer in computer graphics in reporting presidential campaigns. Bill is a graduate with a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


Rick Brutti

Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


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