A complete, proven methodology for planning and setting up an open client/server environment in your organization.The advantages of client/server systems are often lost through poor planning and budgeting. Companies have squandered millions on elaborate integration and reengineering schemes by jumping into this technology without proper planning.This book provides a step-by-step methodology for planning open client/server systems. The planning methodology gives you the freedom to choose the best hardware and software components for your enterprise while achieving the inter-operability, portability, and scalability you need.Numerous case studies are presented with up-to-date and relevant examples. You'll also get a wealth of helpful background information about formal and de facto standards, open system models and architectures, client/server applications, middleware, system management, and more.Whether you're a manager, system architect, strategic planner, or software professional, Distributed Open Systems Engineering is a resource you won't want to be without.WHAT'S ON THE CD-ROMThe Distributed Open Systems Engineering Environment (DOSEE) demonstration planning software tool on the enclosed CD incorporates many of the templates described in the book. It also includes a subset of a client/server planning database generated by one company. You can modify or add to this database to reflect your own organization's open client/server system needs and to help plan out your system.