White Papers

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CPT’s practitioners regularly develop white papers on topics that are of interest to the industry. The papers presented in this section are typical of this work, and this collection will be updated as new papers are written.

Below is listed a short summary of the currently available White Papers.  If you are interested in obtaining the full White Paper for any subject, please fill in the below application form and submit it to CPT.

GETTING READY FOR CLOUD COMPUTING

Cloud computing is a new approach to the management of Information Technology (IT) which can be applied both to small applications and to massive, enterprise-class server and storage farms. It is a more flexible approach to computing, offering a great deal of computing power on demand, in real time, at potentially lower costs.

This paper will review the basics of cloud computing and its underlying architecture, while highlighting the ways in which this new computing paradigm is informed by widely understood IT practices. It will also consider some of the business and environmental aspects that are contributing to the broad and growing interest in cloud computing.

Finally, this paper will review a number of specific services that can improve the efficiency and elasticity of IT organizations. Such services have value in themselves, but they can also help prepare an enterprise to embark on its own journey toward the cloud.

COST REDUCTION ROADMAP

CPT Global provides a number of independent services aimed at providing cost-of-ownership reductions for the IT organization (including: Performance Tuning, Business Capacity Planning, Testing Optimization etc).

While cost reduction may not be the primary focus for an IT organization, the ability to do more with less is a key goal of all business entities. The details of this service framework are reviewed on the following pages, along with the nature of the benefits realized.

GETTING FIT FOR OUTSOURCING

This white paper looks at: (i) the options and tactics for IT organizations approaching the end of an outsourcing contract; (ii) organizations that are looking to remove the risks and costs associated with delivering IT services under existing sourcing arrangements; (iii) organizations who presently in-source but wish to look at a blend of in-sourcing and outsourcing – multi-sourcing.

OPTIMIZING TEST CAPABILITY

The CPT Testing Practice has a strong focus on optimising our clients’ test capability.  We place great value on getting the right testing approach for our clients, fit for purpose and leveraging existing investments in quality.  This white paper covers CPT’s approach to dealing with the big issues currently facing testing – growing costs, increasing delivery pressures, greater levels of partnering and outsourcing, predictability of testing outcomes, improved value, and more complex technologies.

This whitepaper outlines CPT’s approach to:

  • Test Management and Governance, Test Program Management and the development off Test Strategies
  • Optimisation of Test Design, Development standards and procedures;
  • Leadership, guidance and optimisation for testing tools & automation suites
  • Creating testing solutions for Virtual Team with multi-vendor environments, off shoring, testing service partnerships, performance testing, etc.
  • Test Environment Management, Set-up and Services

OPTIMIZING THE DATA CENTER

Large organizations require an efficient infrastructure to ensure continued profitability, and have long realized that running applications in specially designed data centers is more efficient than running those same applications in a highly distributed environment. However, building a data center is a strategic and complex investment decision that calls for long range planning and forecasting.

This paper examines how the principles of capacity management can be extended into capacity forecasting in order to reduce costs, by applying long-term forecasting techniques.

SUSTAINABLE COST REDUCTIONS

This white paper looks at how the IT organization can build an optimization strategy and business case to justify and implement sustainable cost reductions in their enterprise through the development of a Sustainable Cost Reduction Strategy.

BUSINESS CAPACITY PLANNING AND MODELLING - MORE TIERS, LESS TEARS

Over recent years, CPT Global has designed and built numerous capacity models for predicting the resource utilization of multi-tier applications.

This paper describes the required inputs, where you might find them, interpretation options, regression and presentation. This is all achieved using very basic office productivity tools, such as spreadsheets and desktop databases. Expensive modeling tools are not required and no comparison with such tools is offered.

The objective is a tool that business, capacity and development personnel can use, ideally together. “What-if” changes can be made to the model from any one’s perspective in terms that the other can appreciate. This paper uses a generic Internet application as an example. However, the principles can be applied to almost any transaction oriented system.

READ MY LIPS, NO MORE MIPS

This presentation is a summary of CPT’s approach to Mainframe Performance Tuning to reduce MIPS.  As part of our Cost Reduction Roadmap CPT has been providing Mainframe Performance Assessments for almost 18 years resulting in significant Cost Reduction outcomes for our clients across Australia, North America, Europe and Asia.  CPT utilises a combination of expert consultants using our in-house methodologies combined with the tools that are already installed at our clients E.g. FreezeFrame, STROBE, IBM APA etc.

THE FUTURE OF THE MAINFRAME

This paper considers the ongoing role of the mainframe in IT infrastructures, considering the consolidation of processing on midrange machines and server farms. Mainframes are still a powerful option, particularly for Web-based applications that need both security and scalability.

 

 

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ABOUT CPT GLOBAL

CPT Global is a specialist IT consulting services company with operations in Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. Listed on the Australian stock exchange (ASX:CGO), CPT is a market leader in the provision of Capacity planning,
Performance tuning, Testing and Management of IT Consulting Services.

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