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The recent train wreck that was the CA batch process failure at RBS should probably be ringing alarm bells for some folks running batch processes into their systems; however, more importantly it should remind us of a couple of different things: Batch processing is real and present in many facets of IT data processing and systems at large Never take short cuts on adequate testing of changes and test planning A call I participated on a couple of months back with some students from an esteemed college in North America resulted in a conclusion that what I was talking about and showing these students wasn't very interesting because a lot of what I was focusing on, was batch processing of data. For some naïve and deluded reason they were of the opinion that real time OLTP was a more interesting story and so wanted to focus on that aspect of the Winshuttle technology stack... (more)

The Automation Paradox

A recent article appeared in the IEEE spectrum on "the automation paradox" which was reflected with the question by Steven Cherry of "Would we be safer overall if we just accept a few deaths due to software?" The concept is a little funny in my mind, since for many years it seems like a lot of the software that I have worked with always carried a EULA that stated something like "...IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES OR OTHER EQUIPMENT IN WHICH THE FAILURE ... (more)

Establishing Enterprise Monitoring Baselines

Enterprise monitoring gets a great deal more air time these days than it ever did in the past. Perhaps it's because our technology dependent lives have become some so reliant on the availability of systems and infrastructural services. Have things improved? How would you know? In reality, monitoring systems themselves are nothing particularly new. Consider the pressure valve on a steam boiler. At the most rudimentary level, the object of the valve is to release pressure. The way you decide whether or not to release pressure is to observe the gauge that indicates the boiler's pre... (more)

Business Process Outsourcing and the Shared Services Center

Business process outsourcing (BPO) of shared services centers (SSC) is not really something new, but lately BPOs and SSCs have become particularly popular as discussion topics in large organizations with complex and simple business processes. In reality, the BPO function is nothing more than the contracting of specific business tasks, typically back office business tasks, to a 3rd party service provider. Companies like a payroll bureau and recruitment agencies have been effectively performing these kinds of services for decades. In the late 1990's improvements in computing techn... (more)

Don’t Let Your Fixed Assets Sink Your Business

One of my professors used to always tell his students a story about a company that he performed a work study at and discovered an elderly gentleman, let's call him "Thomas Bean",  who produced colorful graphs every month on the performance of a business-related resource or asset. I don't recall the specifics of the work, but I do remember that these graphs were meticulously produced every month, manually, and that they involved bar charts, pie charts and tables of data. The gentleman was relegated to some back office in the planning department. During the study, Mr. Bean was in... (more)