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The idea of Net-Centric computing is a relatively recent formulation, although in many ways it revisits the old architecture of mainframes and terminals. This netcentriccomputing.org definition is short and to the point:
"The underlying principle of Net-Centric Computing (NCC) is a distributed environment where applications and data are downloaded from servers and exchanged with peers across a network on as as-needed basis. This is in stark contrast to the use of powerful personal computers that rely primarily on local resources. In some respects, NCC resembles an earlier computing era of mainframes and centralized services. However, there are significant differences. For example, NCC relies on virtually portable applications running on multiple platforms, mobile data accessed via high-speed network connections, and low-cost appliances for local processing. In many ways, NCC is the enabling technology for a significant percentage of modern enterprise applications."
It is clear that this perspective commands a lot of interest and has some powerful forces behind it, not the least of which is the US Department of Defense. But it is also clear that like many powerful concepts, it is capable of being interpreted in so many different ways that its functional meaning is frequently obscure. To say, as one analyst has described it, that "the underlying principle of net-centric computing is that of an intelligent distributed environment where applications and data are available on demand" is to promise a great deal, but none of it particularly specific.
As in so many other areas, the problem is that systems have to be to be used by people. James Robertson has written a provocative article on 10 principles of effective information management(KM. 1 November 2005), that cogently describes what might be described as "people-centric" concerns, that constitute the day-to-day preoccupations of IT managers.
Your task in this module is to bring net-centric ideas to these people-centric problems. When you have reviewed the material in the background information regarding Net-Centric computing and related issues, and consulted any other material that seems helpful to you, please write a 3-5 paper discussing the question:
Analyze and discuss how Robertson's 10 principles apply in the context of a computer network.
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