Description: Definition of pervasive computing is foundational to understanding and application in a business context and is the basis for discussion. It is technology in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. In the course of ordinary activities, someone “using” ubiquitous computing engages many computational devices and systems simultaneously, and may not necessarily even be aware that they are doing so.
Description: Cnet News article related to the hidden risks of outsourcing & especially to overseas locations. The article focuses thought around the potential loss of intellectual property in outsource arrangements. Students should be guided to think critically about this risk & ways to minimize it, if that is even possible. For instance, don’t outsource what can be stolen such as intellectual property. Instead, outsource things that are routine & that can be automated.
Description: 2:37 minutes. YouTube video describing the MDM process in which companies integrate data from various sources or enterprise applications to provide a more unified view of the data. The data is consolidated from various data sources into a master reference file, which then feeds data back to the applications, thereby creating accurate and consistent data across the enterprise.
Description: 9:22 minutes. YouTube video for discussion is focused around data integration, data quality and data warehousing. An MDM includes tools for cleaning and auditing the master data elements as well as tools fro integrating & synchronizing data to make the data more accessible.
Description: Article from CIO.com for further discussion surrounding the topic of MDM. Organizations must understand that improving their data—and building the foundation for MDM—requires them to address internal disagreements and broken processes.
Staff must agree on exactly what constitutes a “customer” or a “partner,” and how to resolve any disagreements across business units. Departments and divisions need to agree on hierarchies of customers and products and how to resolve duplicate records across sources. Rather than a technology-focused effort, the project becomes one of political strategy and consensus building.