Introduction

 

We provide a focused range of e-Infrastructure strategies, technologies, economics and directions research and analysis services (See About Us for company details) for three communities of customers:

  • Enterprise IT Users.
  • Enterprise e-Infrastructure Vendors.
  • Business and Technology Press and Media.

We focus our research and analysis on the core e-Infrastructure for enterprise computing today:

Our research has served dozens of the leading enterprise vendors (visit Vendor Partners for examples), and hundreds of enterprise users (visit Enterprise IT Users for a partial list). From our research and analysis process, we create a focused range of core Products, which are combined to deliver the Services offerings above.

 
Research Overview
 

Enterprise e-Infrastructure
The Internet and e-business have fuelled a large wave of investment in IT e-Infrastructures. Software Strategies focuses its research and services exclusively on this key area, and on the key vendor solutions within it, as depicted in Chart 1 opposite. We cover the principal elements of enterprise e-Infrastructures and architectures, including:

  • Server hardware platforms, with a special focus on Intel Architecture-based systems.
  • Operating systems, with a special focus on Windows 2000/2002.
  • Middleware software.
  • Storage systems, networks and software.
  • Applications enabling technologies and architectures.
  • Standards, interfaces.
  • e-Infrastructure management services and solutions.
  • Services and support for the above.

We have built a high reputation for our extensive work on the Microsoft software platform, Windows 2000, Intel Architecture servers, and related platform topics through our director's leadership of the Enterprise NT Management Forum consortium from 1998 to 2000.

We focus on covering the new generation of "industry standard" systems-based e-Infrastructure, based around Intel Architecture systems and Microsoft software, operating and middle-ware software, open enterprise storage, systems management, and industry standard IP networking reflects the major importance off, and rapid growth these technologies have undergone. We also view and evaluate these comparatively alongside the main other alternatives For more details of our research domain coverage, click here on Research Coverage.

Latest Research
 
Our latest research publications are shown in the tables below:
 
Title and Subject: "New Era E-Business Infrastructure leaders Partner on Major European Wide Roadshow for Enterprise Users"
Categories: E-Business Infrastructure, Alliances, Industry Standard Systems
Date Published: 20 March 2001
Publication Type: Research Report
Pub Size: 8 Pages
Publication Sponsor: Unisys EMEA
Publication Abstract: EMC, Unisys, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Intel, five leading lights of the 'New Era' in e-business infrastructure, extend their partnerships and combine resources, for an unusual, integrated presentation of their e-business capabilities, via a 27 city, Europe-wide Roadshow. These champions of 'Industry Standard Systems' have brought together their unique contributions, to present enterprise IT users with a unified perspective of how best to address the challenges of e-business today. Here, we assess the strategic significance of this series of events, the partnership combination behind it, look at their offerings for enterprise IT users, and look at the meaning behind the marketing.
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Title and Subject: "Windows 2000 Adoption - 14 Months On"
Categories: Operating Systems, Windows 2000, Market Experience
Date Published: 13 May 2001
Publication Type: Major White Paper
Pub Size: 40 Pages
Publication Sponsor: IBM EMEA Software
Publication Abstract: Microsoft's new Windows 2000 flagship operating system first arrived on 17 February 2000. The protracted and demanding development effort is said to have cost £2 billion and to have employed up to 5,000 developers at its peak. Over 2.5 million workstation and over 1 million server licenses have been reportedly sold since then (at the time of writing), and many successful deployments have been reported. However, Windows 2000 uptake has been slower than some observers expected. In this White Paper, specialist e-Infrastructure analyst company Software Strategies (which has focused intensively on the Microsoft enterprise platform for the past three years) digs deeply into the chronology, product experience, and evidence of adoption to date. We closely examine the reasons for, and benefits users have found from adoption, and consider the factors that have constrained the actual rate of deployment. This White Paper also provides a detailed review of the reasons for adopting Windows 2000, and reviews the experience of customers, partners, ISVs and service providers with the system to date. It also summarises the current availability of supporting hardware and software infrastructure, certified and available software applications, trained and skilled staff resources and services, and looks at the challenges enterprise users have experienced with their deployment. Many enterprise users in "bricks and mortar" enterprises are now accelerating their company's E-Business development, and need to make decisions on the platforms to be used. It is expected that this White Paper, sponsored by industry leader IBM Corporation, will help them make these key decisions effectively.
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Research Process
 

Our overall research process (shown graphically in the chart below) covers a wide range of primary and secondary sources, using a number of research techniques, and the resulting research is held in our research database. From this, we conduct reviews, make studies and comparisons, produce summaries, tables and charts. These are then used to create the final products shown in the lower boxes. (Click on any of these for product details.)

 
Research Goals
 

Software Strategies research, products, events and services are all geared to:

  • Supporting senior and mid-level enterprise IT management and executives.
  • Are concerned with strategic assessment, positioning, broad capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Seek to provide objective and measurable high level data on performance, reliability, capacity, price/performance and TCO wherever possible.
  • Provide clear, independent guidance on the economics and costs of the options covered.
  • Aggregating, summarising and compressing field and customer experience, technology uptake and new developments concisely and useably.
  • Helping our user customers define and refine their architectures, plans and e-infrastructure strategies.
  • Helping our vendor partners articulate and communicate their messages and solutions, and providing them with accurate feedback, advice and opportunities.

Our research is selective, highly targeted, aggregated, summarized, analyst evaluated and interpreted, with the emphasis on usefulness and conciseness for busy senior IT executives, rather than mere volume and instant currency. The latter needs are well served by existing pure news media already. Nor do we provide blanket coverage of every IT technology and market as attempted by the large international analyst firms, some of whom either saturate their subscribers with excessive volume, and/or provide undifferentiated services of a somewhat average quality. Our tight focus enables services and deliverables of real depth and authority to be provided within our research domain.

We do not provide detail feature-function technical, or "how to operate" instructions, as these widely available from vendors, other technically targeted services or training firms.

 
Research Coverage - In Detail
 

Click on one of the following principal research domain names to view our coverage of that domain, or Browse to scroll the entire coverage table:

Principal Research Domain Areas Covered
Specific Sub Areas Covered Within Domain
Key Examples Covered
Operating Systems, With a Special Focus on Windows 2000/2002 OS capability and functionality
OS services provided
OS scalability and performance
OS reliability and stability
OS interoperability and standards support
OS manageability
OS security
OSA standards and interfaces
OS cost, TCO and economics
OS releases and roadmaps
OS vendor and user support
Windows 2000
Windows 2002
Windows XP
Linux
Solaris
AIX5L
NetWare
e-Infrastructure Middleware Software, With a Special Focus on the Microsoft Software Platform Applications server software
Web server software
Database management systems software
Mail and collaboration software
e-Directory software
Connectivity and integration middleware
Portal server software
Server clustering middleware
Middleware standards and interfaces
Technology roadmaps, trends, directions
BEA WebLogic
IBM Websphere
MS ASIIS, Apache…
MS SQL Server, DB2, Oracle,Sybase…
MS Exchange 2000, Lotus Domino…
MS Active Directory, Novell NDS, IBM e-Directory, I-Planet e-Directory, etc.
MS Host Integration Server, MQ, IBM MQSeries, etc.
Server Hardware Platforms, With a Special Focus on Intel Architecture-Based Systems SMP server architectures
Intel SHV server architectures
Intel ProFusion server architectures
IBM NUMA server architectures
Unisys CMP server architecture
Intel Itanium Architecture 64-bit servers
Stratus DMR, TMR server architectures
Main RISC server lines
Mainframe enterprise server lines
Server form factors - Rack or tower
Clusters - Loadbalancing
Clusters - Availability
Clusters - Database
Server performanceServer reliability and availability
Server standards and interfaces
Technology roadmaps, trends, directions
IBM eServer xSeries
Compaq Proliant
HP
Dell PowerEdge
Unisys ES 7000 and Aquanta
Stratus ftServer
IBM xSeries NUMA, etc.
Sun Enterprise RISC servers
IBM eServer pSeries RISC servers
HP RISC Servers
IBM eServer zSeries mainframes
Unisys ClearPath mainframes
Storage Systems, Networks and Software Direct Attached Storage
Network Attached Storage
SAN Enterprise Storage Systems
Storage Area Networks
Storage standards & interoperability
Storage management software
Back up software
ATLs
Fiber Channel
Switches and interconnects
Disaster recovery software
Storage capacity
Storage costs, TCO, economics
Technology roadmaps, trends, directions
EMC Symmetrix
EMC Celera
Net work Appliance
IBM
Sun StorEdge
Compaq StorageWorks
Hitachi
Storage Technology
Applications Enabling Technologies and Architectures COM+, Microsoft .NET
J2E, EJB/CORBA. AFeb
Applications Development Tools
Components
Web Services
Commerce Servers and Storefronts
COM+J2EE, EJB, CORBAMicrosoft.NETVisual Studio.NET, Visual AgeCommerce Server 2000, Websphere Commerce Server
e-Infrastructure Management Services and Solutions Enterprise infrastructure management
Applications management
Server management
Storage management
Security management
Directory management & synchronisation
CA UniCentre
Tivoli Management Suites
BMC Patrol
EMC Storage Management
HP Oven View
NetIQ Apps Manager
Active Directory, IBM e-directory
Alliances, Partnerships, Services and Support for the Above Who is partnering with whom, on what?
What synergy and value added for users?
e-Infrastructure services available
Service vendor strategies and offerings
Applications Service Provision and XSPs The different types of XSP services
XSP as an alternative enterprise platform
Other Research Links