The IBM System i, formerly AS/400 and also known as "iSeries", is IBM's mid-range computer operating system that still powers many enterprise business systems, from POS terminals to critical business logic systems. While critics have declared that the system has aged, the AS/400's resiliency, scalability and security are nearly unmatched, making it a beloved choice by many IT professionals who will happily trade a GUI for rock-solid dependability.
While the big name vendors create the products that power modern IT, it's often the channel that brings those products to market, explaining their value to the end users and then integrating IT technology into polished, full-on solutions that actually solve the business problems holding business back.
The enterprise CIO gets and must answer the toughest questions: What is the ideal IT budget? How do you balance technical innovation with the need to fund current projects? What corporate social media policies should be implemented, and how?
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) covers technology tools for managing and nurturing a company's clients and sales prospects, and how the sales teams interact with them. The subject includes SalesForce, Dynamic CRM, and a host of other CRM players, large and small.
Database systems are at the heart of modern businesses, whether they're using Microsoft Access, Oracle RDBMS, or one of the plethora of open source options now available. A good database can speedily, reliably and predictably return the data businesses need to grow, while a mis-configured database can disrupt even the most carefully laid plans.
The modern data center houses all the necessary computer systems and components that power modern business, government, and telecommunications, complete with backup power supplies, redundant connectivity options, and the heating, cooling, and shelter needing to keep data safe, secure, and intact.
Development covers the whole lifecyle of software creation: From the objective setting to coding, beta testing and refactoring, to bug reporting and troubleshooting the "final" product while keeping an to the next release, whether the software is internal or external.
Microsoft Exchange defines e-mail for many, many organizations, but its features go well beyond simply sending the ubiquitous electronic missive. Microsoft Exchange coordinates enterprise calendars, contacts and, increasingly, connects users via voice and video.
Linux has long powered the Internet, but it's popping up in increasingly more spots: Enterprise servers, various network appliances, and even widely desktops and laptops. The Open Source Software (OSS) has found a massive following for its price, customization, and solid security.
Lotus Domino, the enterprise groupware application that powers many corporations collaboration efforts. Lotus Notes lets a corporation and its workers develop communications- and database-oriented applications so that users at different geographic locations can share files with each other, comment on them publicly or privately (to groups with special access), keep track of development schedules, work projects, guidelines and procedures, plans, white papers, and many other documents, including multimedia files.
Microsoft Windows, the world's dominant operating system, powers many of the world's desktops, laptops and netbooks, providing the software that other applications sit on and managing the user experience and application requirements. From early incarnations like Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 to current versions like Windows Vista or Windows 7, the OS has been an information technology staple few major companies choose to forgo.
Mobility spans a gamut of technologies, protocols and devices, but ultimately comes down to giving end users the flexibility to get their job done where and when their job requires it. From enabling wireless technologies like 802.11n networking and 4G wireless services like LTE and Wi-Max, IT professionals who master mobility give the business they work for the power to distribute their workforce in a flexible, secure and effective manner.
Both wired and wireless networking, from 10G Ethernet to 802.11n, are the core connectors of modern business: Without them, companies might as well not even open their doors. Skills like LAN troubleshooting, WAN bandwidth optimization and proper firewall security are all essential to keeping communication open and business objectives being met.
Oracle is one of the leading database platform vendors, and for good reason. Oracle Database, also known as Oracle RDBMS, provides a solid relational database management system that can be scaled to solve some of the largest database problems. To solve those database problems, however, IT professionals must master stored procedures, backup and restore and other related skills.
SAP ERP is the leading enterprise resource planning tool, aimed squarely at midsize to enterprise organizations. It helps companies consistently plan and allocate time, money and energy across the business, taking a unified looking at what is and isn't working. It also requires a degree of professional integration to work with business systems, including customer SAP module development, troubleshooting and analytics.
Enterprise security ranges from penetration testing and intrusion detection to user education and prevention, from configuring firewalls to setting password policy. IT security is often driven by regulation like PCI and HIPAA, but whether mandated or not, companies once burned learn quickly that even one lapse can have devastating effects.
Microsoft SQL Server, a relational model database server, is a mainstay in enterprise IT, providing a familiar, consistent SQL framework to power traditional and SaaS applications. SQL server. Its primary query languages are T-SQL and ANSI SQL.
While storage prices consistently drop, storage demand continues to soar leaving storage and data backup professionals constantly in search of saving a dime while maintaining critical backup and recovery capabilities.
Desktop, server and network virtualization have all dramatically cut down deployment time and capital costs while giving system administrators greater control and dominion over the virtualized devices they manage. However, that comes with a tradeoff: Virtual machines often add complexity to an already confusing world of ever shifting devices.
Voice over IP, or VoIP, has drastically slashed the costs associated in running call centers, businesses, and even mobility, to the extent that many VoIP professionals, after tackling call quality and advanced SIP features, are now tackling video communications technologies like Telepresence or real-time collaborative suites.