Understanding Corporate Computing

2 Day Course
Code UCC-2

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Core IT Issues (7 topics)

  • The knowledge gap - business's interaction and communication with IT
  • Application integration
  • Outsourcing issues
  • Open systems
  • Centralised versus de-centralised
  • Legal compliance
  • Understanding the IT architecture

Hardware Platforms (6 topics)

  • Establishing terms and types of hardware
  • Key criteria in corporate computing - scalability, availability, recovery
  • Clustering and RAID
  • Major suppliers and machines - IBM, Sun, HP, et al.
  • Industry norms
  • Impact of Intel's Itanium and Xeon-64 systems

Emerging Technologies and Trends (5 topics)

  • Virtualization and grid computing
  • Role of Open Systems
  • The position of Intel based systems
  • IBM v. Sun and Microsoft
  • Position of key players - MS, Sun, et al.

Operating Systems (3 topics)

  • Trends and influences in the industry
  • Position of UNIX and Linux compared to Windows, including 2003 servers
  • Description of these and others such as z/OS, Netware

Java / .Net Platforms, Objects and Components (6 topics)

  • Object Orientated (OO) concepts
  • Comparison to components
  • Illustration of using components showing interfaces and use
  • Explaination of J2EE (Java) and the Microsoft .Net environments
  • Web technologies - Active / Java Server Pages (ASP/JSP)
  • JavaScript, Flash.

Security (9 topics)

  • Firewalls and security issues.
  • Intrusion detection
  • Corporate IT Architectural Layers
  • Web servers
  • Application servers and EAI (Enterprise Application Integration)
  • Database Servers
  • Explanation of what and why - scalability, independence of location and platform
  • 2-tier and 3-tier architectures
  • WebSphere, WebLogic, BizTalk and other products

XML, Middleware and Application Integration (8 topics)

  • XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocal)
  • COM+, Corba and Java's RMI
  • Messaging - IBM's MQ Series
  • Data Management - Sharing, Compliance and Security
  • Effective data management - improving access to corporate data with an emphasis on sharing various forms of information across and beyond the enterprise
  • Encryption
  • RSA
  • Digital signature: Virtual Prive Networks

Web Servics and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) (4 topics)

  • Web Services - publishing and consuming
  • Thinking behind SOA
  • Current playes
  • Standards

Network Terms (9 topics)

  • Key terms and topologies
  • Local area networks (LANs), Token ring, Star Components such as hubs, routers, bridges, gateways, twisted pairs, Ethernet
  • Protocols such as TCP, IPX, SNA
  • Wide area networks (WANs)
  • Packet switching
  • Broadband
  • ADSL
  • Wireless systems
  • 802.11

Wi-fi and WiMax technology (4 topics)

  • Bluetooth
  • Business Objects / Intelligence, Portals and Other Services
  • Serving client information needs -business intelligence systems such as Business Objects Portals
  • Document management

Packages, Frameworks and Service Providers (4 topics)

  • Use of packages such as SAP and Oracle Financials
  • Make or buy
  • Outsourcing; Growing role of Application Service Providers
  • Key participants and the current market

Databases and the Data Life Cycle (4 topics)

  • Relational structures
  • Key vendors and products - Oracle, IBM, Microsoft et al
  • Tables illustrating normalisation and SQL
  • The relevance of the Data Life Cycle

Mobile Computing (4 topics)

  • Key vendors and products - wireless technologies Mobile operating systems
  • Mobile device and smartphones
  • Data security
  • Applications


Having the need to understand the terms of modern IT and its architectures. A familiarity with the IT applications and central IT directions in your company would be very useful.

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