Open Systems Handbook

Open Systems Handbook

2nd Edition - October 14, 1994

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  • Authors: Alan R. Simon, Tom Wheeler
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483265858

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Open Systems Handbook, Second Edition provides an easy-to-read, thorough, and management-oriented explanation of the promises, dangers, and realities of open systems. This edition describes specific products and various open systems that have been updated to reflect the events of the mid-1990s. Emerging open technologies that either didn't exist in 1991 or were in their infancy, such as client/server middleware, are also covered. Topics include the definitions and history of open systems, open systems components, end user interaction points, and elements of open systems software. The general communications hardware, visual application development, models of integration, and advantages of open systems are likewise elaborated. This publication is a good reference for computing professionals and engineers working on open systems.

Table of Contents


  • Preface

    1 Open Systems Computing

    Introduction

    Open Systems: Definitions and History

    The Users

    Business Trends

    Market Forces

    Computer Changes

    Considerations

    References

    2 Characteristics of Open Systems

    Open Systems Components

    Clients

    Network Services

    Servers

    Considerations

    Characteristics

    Qualities

    Special Considerations

    Security

    Recovery

    Usability

    Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability

    Timing Characteristics

    Considerations

    Note

    References

    3 Foundations of Open Systems: Hardware, Software, and Standards

    Hardware Technology

    Software Foundations

    Standards and Open Systems

    Considerations

    References

    4 Clients

    Desktop Platforms

    End User Interaction Points

    Input Processing

    Output Processing

    Personal Computers

    Professional Workstations

    X Terminals

    Mobile Computing

    Considerations

    References

    5 Client Software

    Elements of Open Systems Software

    Selecting Open Systems Operating Environments

    User Interface Software

    Personal Productivity Alternatives

    Moving to Group Productivity

    Personal Data Software

    Considerations

    References

    6 Servers

    Hardware Basis for Servers

    Different Types of Servers

    Data Servers

    Compute Servers

    Communication Servers

    Input/Output Servers

    Design Considerations

    Parallel Processors as Servers

    Mainframe Servers

    Considerations

    References

    7 Server Software

    Control Code

    Database Services

    Information Servers

    Communications Support

    Compute Servers

    Considerations

    References

    8 Network Characteristics

    General Communications Hardware

    Local Area Networks

    Broader Network Capability

    Network Architectures

    Distributed Processing

    Development Trends

    Considerations

    References

    9 Network Software

    Network Protocols

    Network Services

    Network Control Software

    Network Applications

    Network Management

    Considerations

    References

    10 Applications

    Rightsizing

    Application Development Tools

    Case Tools

    Creating Groupware Applications

    Visual Application Development

    Multimedia Applications

    Electronic Mail

    Considerations

    References

    11 Interoperability

    The Challenge

    Building the Knowledge Base

    The Architecture

    Installation

    Network Management

    Considerations

    References

    12 The Open Systems Life Cycle

    Description of Life Cycle

    Decision Phase

    Analysis and Design Phase

    Development Phase

    Integration Phase

    Production Phase

    Operational and Growth Phase

    Considerations

    13 Integration

    Models of Integration

    Control Points

    The Integrated Hierarchy

    Integration Technologies

    Making Integration Work

    Considerations

    References

    14 Building for Continual Improvement

    Building for Future Growth

    Technology Directions

    Workplace Directions

    Shifting Market Forces

    World Business Forces

    Advantages of Open Systems

    Considerations

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 298
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1994
  • Published: October 14, 1994
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483265858

About the Authors

Alan R. Simon

Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler has a long track record of building organizations to develop commercial software, including products for financial services and contact centers. He has built, sold and been a senior manager in a variety of different types of companies, including international conglomerates and garage-sized start ups. He first created the Six Week Solution back in the 1980’s and has been fine-tuning it since.

Affiliations and Expertise

VP of Research and Development at ClickFox; he has built, sold and been a senior manager in software development companies for more than 20 years.

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