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Colloquium - Umar

Planning, Integration, Security and Network Issues for Next Generation Enterprises
University of Pennsylvania

Next generation enterprises (NGEs) combine emerging technologies with innovative business models to conduct business. This interdisciplinary talk will suggest a simple model for NGEs, explain the main attributes of NGEs through examples from Telecom and other industry segments, and propose a research framework for understanding the business impact of the emerging technologies. The talk will primarily focus on a research project that is concentrating on a technology consumer perspective instead of a technology provider perspective. The main research question is: how can a technology consumer (e.g., small to medium business) handle the IT planning, integration, security and network challenges that span the emerging business, software engineering and telecom systems. To answer this question, we have embarked on research and development of an intelligent decision support environment that allows IT managers and planners to quickly develop IT infrastructure (including network) plans for new services, integrate the new services with the existing ones by using SOA, establish a security plan for the new and existing systems, and determine a project plan. Examples and practical insights will illustrate how diverse research results from ontologies (enterprise ontologies, network ontologies), patterns (business patterns, network patterns, security patterns), behavioral studies (e.g., effort versus accuracy), AI (e.g., integrated intelligent systems), and design science can be synthesized to develop a successful system. The main result from this research is a working prototype that is currently being used by IBM and five consulting enterprise to develop complete IT plans for small to medium businesses. The talk will conclude by listing lessons learned so far, outlining future areas of research, and soliciting ideas for future collaborative research between different academic units.

Amjad Umar is a candidate for the ITP Director position. He is an Adjunct Professor of Telecom Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a Professor of Information and Communication Systems at Fordham Schools of Business and CEO of a startup company that specializes in next generation enterprises, next generation networks, mobile computing and wireless communications, enterprise architectures, and information security and auditing. He was previously Director of Distributed Systems and eBusiness at Bellcore (part of the Bell Labs system, now known as Telcordia Technologies) where he supervised large scale projects in mobile computing, information security, next generation telcos, enterprise application integration, and distributed object technologies. He has also developed and taught graduate level courses at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Peking University, and University of Padova. His 15+ years of industrial experience includes management and consulting assignments in the telecommunications industry, government agencies, manufacturing organizations, educational institutions, and consulting organizations in England, Singapore, China, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, and Canada. He has represented Bellcore at standards bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Object Management Group (OMG) and is currently a member of TeleManagement Forum, Integration Consortium, IEEE, and ACM. He is the author of more than 50 technical papers and has written six books on different aspects of distributed systems, ebusiness, security and wireless communications. He has recently received a Fulbright Senior Specialist award from the US Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). He has an MS in Computer and Communication Engineering and a PhD in Information Systems Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)