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Warning – action required: key Internet changes taking place

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Some say it's difficult to get excited about infrastructure. It's not a point of view that I recognize since infrastructure is really the foundation layer on which everything rests. If the network or Internet service goes down then you don't have to wait more than a few minutes to start getting the calls. As we move towards using external services and placing our own enterprise go-to market model online, it all starts to look more aligned with the risk and cost of losing our back office IT transactional capabilities.

I have been surprised for several years at the level of either indifference or lack of knowledge about the shift from IPv4 network protocols to IPv6, a big change and a dangerous one if your key network services are on IPv4 and those you are working with are on IPv6. Last June, there was a full-on global testing service opportunity to enable organizations to check how prepared they were. I did note and provide a URL in a blog at the time but this time it’s a full-on warning: On June 6, 2012, the shift to IPv6 as the default service will occur in many areas. In the past it does seem that many enterprises have carried on with their existing settings on IPv4 as their default condition without feeling the need to think about the issue. You have been warned!!!!

Why not try to connect right now to and see what your status is? And if that convinces you that you are not prepared and need to do something, then here is the official briefing and all the details.

At the same time and while on the topic of the Internet and keeping up with today's changes then another one to watch for is the introduction of new top level domains, extending the current .com, .net, etc to add new suffixes to cope with the demand for more web addresses. The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, is running the process with some new rules to help introduce some diversity in domain ownership in the applications process.  Put in another way, new domains and new applicants can add new risks for finding that your enterprise or its brand and product names might get cyber jacked in a new domain. Again, it’s worth checking out.

This post seems to be shaping up as a list of warnings so I might as well add another one. I noted a while ago that Forbes Online carried news of what they called a groundbreaking decision after a court ruling on who owns your LinkedIn contacts – and it may not be you! The story is a little hazy on the full reasons why a UKcourt decided that the employer owned the list and not the employee. But there has been legal speculation for some time that salespeople, as an example, who built the relationships in respect of their employment, might not own the resulting contact file. Again, it’s worth checking out.

Enough! Time to end on an upbeat note by telling you about www.cloudbook.net, an interesting site that was pointed out to me by a colleague and includes a sizeable directory of almost anything to do with clouds. It’s well worth exploring for its many links to various services and companies. And since this blog seems to have turned into a public information service I might as well end by proving a link to the NIST Roadmap of standards for Clouds.  This is from late summer 2011 but it’s still up to date and useful.

There is an additional point that I learnt and that is a lot of the work is being done by enthusiasts in their own time. Take a look at the list of contributors at the end and you may be able to find a colleague or an employee working on this. There are Capgemini colleagues on the list, and frankly I didn’t know that we had these additional skills in-house. Take a look and maybe you'll get a surprise!

About the author

Andy Mulholland
Andy Mulholland
Capgemini Global Chief Technology Officer until his retirement in 2012, Andy was a member of the Capgemini Group management board and advised on all aspects of technology-driven market changes, together with being a member of the Policy Board for the British Computer Society. Andy is the author of many white papers, and the co-author three books that have charted the current changes in technology and its use by business starting in 2006 with ‘Mashup Corporations’ detailing how enterprises could make use of Web 2.0 to develop new go to market propositions. This was followed in May 2008 by Mesh Collaboration focussing on the impact of Web 2.0 on the enterprise front office and its working techniques, then in 2010 “Enterprise Cloud Computing: A Strategy Guide for Business and Technology leaders” co-authored with well-known academic Peter Fingar and one of the leading authorities on business process, John Pyke. The book describes the wider business implications of Cloud Computing with the promise of on-demand business innovation. It looks at how businesses trade differently on the web using mash-ups but also the challenges in managing more frequent change through social tools, and what happens when cloud comes into play in fully fledged operations. Andy was voted one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the world in 2009 by InfoWorld and is grateful to readers of Computing Weekly who voted the Capgemini CTOblog the best Blog for Business Managers and CIOs each year for the last three years.

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