Helping Systems Communicate Can Only Help You
In today's high-pressure business environment, companies want to get new products and services to market quickly.In todays high-pressure business environment, companies want to get new products and services to market quickly. A systems integratora specialistis often called to install off-the-shelf technology and make it work with the existing IT infrastructure. In the heat of the fray, sometimes the decision is made to move an application into production without a full understanding of how that application meets requirements for performance, reliability and availability. Performance implications might develop as a result of Web activity or factors that are not as apparent, such as cascading impacts upon back-end transactions systems, which may have been designed in years past.
How do successful players avoid the hidden costs of failed service-level assurance? High availability and performance must be considered before the systems integrators proposal is accepted. The key to success is to work with a partner that takes an architecture-driven approach to the development and deployment of mission-critical solutions. Those can include: business analysis (what are the goals for uptime, performance, security, etc.?); system analysis (which legacy systems and resources will be impacted critically?); system architecture (are there any single points of failure?); risk mitigation; implementation strategy/planning; and release/deployment planning (who will operate and support the solution, and how are they trained?).