Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

September, 2007


September 26, 2007  11:43 PM

Business is a much to blame for misalignment

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Change management, disconnect, Enterprise architecture, IT Business Alignment, Project management

I'm fed up hearing that IT needs to align with the business. I was at a conference in London earlier about enterprise architecture, listening to a speaker from Cadbury Schweppes. What impressed me about the presentation was the extent of the business change required to embed this architecture...

September 24, 2007  3:55 PM

What if our DNA is sold?

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Database, DNA

A National DNA database is going to be expensive. The arguments for it are that such a database will enable the police to solve crimes quicker. But according to GeneWatch, there is a lack of evidence a National DNA database will actually be of much...


September 24, 2007  2:19 PM

DNA data will need policing

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audit, Fraud

Now if we assume thousands of people will need access to a national DNA database, not only is data integrity an issue, there is also the question of trust. Anyone with access to the database could...


September 24, 2007  11:05 AM

DNA: clean data is key

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Database, DNA, police

As I mentioned in my last post, a UK wide DNA database will need to hold details of every man, woman and child in the UK, including visitors. What use is a Ferrari with a broken sprocket? Data...


September 24, 2007  10:11 AM

The cost of DNA

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crime, Database, DNA

There's been much written on the forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues report from Nuffield Council on Biometics published last week, highlights cost as a big...


September 20, 2007  8:58 PM

SAP has designs on your business

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The next big thing

SAP may well have a catchy name for its new software as a service. It will be very interesting to see if the new SAP Business ByDesign will really deliver. There are three issues that need to be addressed. First, how safe will my data be when it is hosted on SAP's servers? Second, is the on-demand...


September 19, 2007  9:52 PM

Is big business ready to take on Vista?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Fact or fiction?

In spite of the hype, we've seen little evidence of Windows Vista in the Computer Weekly office. IT directors I have spoken to in the last nine months have no intention to deploy the new Microsoft desktop operating system. I suspect things will change in 2008, when Microsoft releases the first...


September 17, 2007  6:14 PM

Microsoft and interoperability: you are kidding?

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.NET, Interoperability, Java, Microsoft, middleware, Open source

Earlier today, Brad Smith, Microsoft's senior vice-president, general counsel, corporate secretary, legal & corporate affairs, held a press conference following the ruling in the European Court of First Instance. The


September 12, 2007  10:39 PM

If only I had backed-up

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Backup, smartphone

So I finally got the new phone. The only thing is that it has taken me two days to get it back to how the original one was before it got lost when I attempted to send it back to O2. It is easy to use Active Sync to backup contacts, calendar entries and email. But how about application software and...


September 10, 2007  8:40 PM

Smartphone woes

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Customer service, Outsourcing

I had some problems with my XDA Orbit which meant it needed to be sent back to O2. Straightforward enough, but my experience has certainly made me feel that O2 customer service was well and truly broken.. I decided to send the phone back via our courier from work, as I believed this would be the...


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