Zubair Shaikh Zubair Shaikh Infrastructure Prime - DonRiver, Inc

Recent Entries

  • OSS projects - Analysis and Modeling are crucial

    In this day and age there seems to be a lot of confusion about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to doing a proper deployment of an OSS project.  This is partly because not enough analysis is done to help guide the developers in the right direction. Having said thi...
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  • OSS complexities in developing nations

    Being a North American and having been exposed to a lot of telco's both in the United States and Canada I have always wondered how complex an OSS project would be in an under-developed nation.  A friend of mine is currently working at Telco-Malay in Kuala Lumpur and talking to him gives me...
  • Social networking sites providing commercial incentives.

      These days people seem to be in a really hurry to tell their friends where they are via their Facebook or Twitter homepage.  Well with the all the increase in traffic to these popular websites; marketing and advertising departments for various agencies have started developing their o...
  • Can JBoss compete with Oracle Weblogic?

    There has been a lot of buzz around the news of RedHat integrating JBoss Middleware into it's suite of products. Some of this buzz is based around the fact that JBoss is in same market as its rival middleware application server formerly known as BEA Weblogic or now know as Oracle...
  • Money on the go!

    Like most consumers I like to shop online and try and look for the best deals in addition to buying things from reputable websites and online vendors who provide me a bigger bang for my buck with the added bonus of making it convenient to pay for the things I have bought. One such ...
  • Oracle Corp and Sun Microsystems; match made in computing heaven

    I have been working with Unix based systems for over 10 years and during that time I have seen plenty of ups and downs in the infrastructure industry.  These changes have been related to both software vendors and hardware manufacturers.  These changes both help and hurt the compu...
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  • OSS Project Risk management

    I have been around large scale projects for better part of 10 years now and have seen great project management skills from most PM's I have worked with.  One thing I found in common with successful project managers is how good they are with risk management.  A few tips and tricks I...
  • To RFP or not to RFP

    To RFP or not to RFP It has been my experience that a request for proposal for any large scale project is crucial for any business when undertaking something that will have an affect on their business processes or their local computing environment.  A RFP or Request for Proposal is a tender ...
  • Vendor selection - Best practices

    Let's face it folks finding the perfect IT Infrastructure that addresses all bullet points of a business wishlist can be very tricky and almost impossible at times.  Most hardware and software packages promise more than they can deliver and even when you do manage to find a pseudo perfec...
  • Proper planning is the key for Systems integrators.

    One of the things I have experienced in rolling out large enterprise applications is the lack of coordination between various groups who will eventually do the work and roll-out either a billing system, data migration system or even a tech support ticketing system. Difficulties arising from syste...
  • Virtualization, wave of the future or just a fad!

    There has been a lot of talk about the future of Virtualization in large scale environments such as Banks and Telco's because of the cost of actual physical hardware coming down.  Companies like IBM, Dell and Sun Microsystems have nearly halved their prices in direct competition to one ...
  • Virtualization and Data migration

    Change is a fact of life and the I.T. world is no different.  Data migration projects at a large Telco can get complicated real quick with reference to the various development environments, Acceptance and performance testing, Pre-Prod and Prod environments and finding server resources makes it ...