The Technology Platform is the sum total of hardware and software kit to provide the base on which the applications and thus solution can run.
The Technology Architecture of an Information Delivery Solution (IDS), typically consists of a number of logical nodes: The Sourcing Node, The Storage Node, The Computational Node, The Aggregation Node, The Visualization Node and lastly Dissemination Node. These logical nodes each have very specific functions and capabilities within the entire chain of processes.
The most important technical aspects are as follows: Each node can be made up of one or more hardware component (For instance for the Sourcing Node, there may be 1 or 3 or 6 or n number of physical Staging Servers). The total system is made as parallel as possible so that one ends up with a stream of processes in which all may work simultaneously and in tandem. Hardware and Software resources are allocated to a particular node in order to balance the performance by increasing throughput and by removing bottlenecks. This ensures that the system is massively scalable, because processes are decoupled and running asynchronously. At the core of the Datastore remains a RDBMS but, recently with Oracles two layered database approach, inserts are done at the lower layer while the instant aggregation allows querying from the higher layer. In spite of this, the ability of the database management system itself is to perform operations in parallel and to optimize data retrievals remain a core foundation of a good IDS. (This removes the need for separate OLAP engines).
Our deep study of technology keeps us ahead. Years ago, when India was behind with respect to economy and technology, they set a view to become the nation providing the most affordable technologies and resources to the world. This vision dramatically changed their position in the work place.
Most people fail to understand the power that Miniaturization of Information Technology has brought to the world.
No longer are we living in a world where monolithic computer systems weigh tons, stand rooms full and cost gazillions of dollars, prevails. The world has changed and we need to focus on the top 20 information technologies of our time.
Mobiles are not portable, people are transportable. But we need small computers and intelligent devices everywhere. This implies cloud based computing with accessible devices everywhere.
Focus on the relevant technologies. All else is a waste of time. Think carefully about which technologies will prevail in future. Some are just fads - they will fade away and so will your effort and investment. Lastly, engineer your systems properly using the Modelling Tools and Specification Repositories. Often our quickest way to migrate away from obsolete technologies, is to simply re-generate new products from quality meta data, using new patterns and templates. Invest in tools.
What excites me is the opportunity to engineer
World Class Infostacks (Infomet's Information Delivery Solutions). The Hardware, Operating Systems, Network, Specialised components as well as Data Technologies
and Software. The more I look at what is on offer by major IT Suppliers today, the more I marvel at what we achieved at Infomet. These systems are today successfully implemented at major banking institutions.