Posted by & filed under Grid Computing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Description: Considered one of the largest grid computing projects in the world, J.P. Morgan Chase Investment Bank’s pioneering effort to combine seven separate financial risk management systems to share computing power is on target to lower costs while increasing flexibility and service to internal customers.  Grid computing provides communication among devices.  Coordinates use of large number of servers & storage, acting as one computer by sharing & coalescing the computing power.

Source: Matt Hamblen, Computer World

Date: 3/15/2004

Link: http://www.computerworld.com/industrytopics/financial/story/0,10801,90416,00.html

Discussion Questions:

1. What are some practical applications with grid computing?

 2. Grid computing:

a. is designed to provide communication among devices.

b. coordinates the use of a large number of servers and storage

c. acts as one computer by sharing & coalescing computing power

d. requires maintaining reserve capacity

 3. Conventional networks are designed to:

a. provide communication among devices

b. support the concept of grid computing

c. operate efficiently

d. all of the above

e. none of the above

 4. Grid computing is distinguished from conventional cluster computing systems by:

a. the application of several computers to a single problem at the same time

b. grids that tend to be more loosely coupled, heterogeneous, and geographically dispersed

c. construct with the aid of general-purpose grid software libraries and middleware

d. all of the above

 

Posted by & filed under Green Technologies, Video, Virtualization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description:  Green computing is a mindset that asks how we can satisfy growing demand for network computing without putting undo stress on the environment. 

Data centers are commonly filled with large numbers of servers that require a tremendous amount of time and money to maintain. Dan Chu of VMware shows how virtualization can optimize fewer servers to run at higher performance levels.

Source: Dan Chu, Zdnet 

Date: 1/6/2006

Link: http://news.zdnet.com/2422-13569_22-155248.html

Discussion Questions:

1. Define & give examples of green computing.  What is the value to business overall?

2. Study & practice of eco-friendly computing resources:

a. Green economics

b. Green computing

c. Eco-friendly business practices

d. All of the above

 3. Benefits of telecommuting:

a. Improves job satisfaction & productivity

b. Decreases involvement in office politics

c. Reduces need for facilitates

d. Increased labor pool

e. Conserves energy & lessens dependence upon foreign oil

 4. Concept of green computing requires:

a. World-wide effort for greatest effectiveness

b. Must begin somewhere

c. Can benefit third world countries by increasing standard of living conditions

d. All of the above

e. None of the above

Posted by & filed under Green Technologies, Video.

Description: Video describing innovative approaches to making technology less harmful to the environment.

Source: YouTube

Date:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rVGqmcbMgU

 Discussion Questions:

1. What are some of the benefits of green technology?

 2. Examples can be appropriate disposal of obsolete equipment; technology that will not emit dangerous elements into the environment.

 3. Efficient utilization by using power save features.

 4. Green software refers to software products that help companies:

a. Save energy, or comply with EPA requirements.

b. Save money.

c. Reduce cycle time.

d. Continuously improve quality.

 5. The responsibility to dispose of discarded PCs and other outdated computer equipment resides with:

a. Manufacturers.

b. Users.

c. Government agencies.

d. Organizations.

e. All of the above.

 6. With an increased awareness about the damage to the physical environment and ecosystem, organizations and individuals are looking at potential improvements and savings that can be made within the IT industry.  These efforts are known as:

a. Eco-friendly initiatives.

b. Energy-efficient data centers.

c. Virtualization technologies.

d. Green IT.

e. None of the above.

Posted by & filed under Fraud, Video.

Description: YouTube video for discussion about system vulnerabilities that organizations may know nothing about and that is the modern day organized crime.

Source: Fredric Golding, YouTube

Date: 1/7/2008

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5zxOLZ5jXM&feature=related

Discussion Questions:

  1. How has the Internet increased our vulnerability to criminal activities?

Posted by & filed under Fraud, Video.

Description: 3:47 minutes.  Cyber crime is pervasiveness, and it is one of the “safest” forms of crime because criminals are invisible.

Source: YouTube

Date: 6/9/2008

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHmFiueQm5A

 Discussion Questions:

  1. How has the Internet increased our vulnerability to criminal activities?  Has overall criminal activities increased or just assumed a new perspective?

Posted by & filed under IT Investment, IT Projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description: Whitepaper on the topic of project failure & whys of it all; what can be done to overcome what are really common mistakes. Projects seldom fail because of the technology.  Rather, it is more often management of the project, lack of senior level support, improper funding. This is a good time to reinforce the high percentage (85%) of IT projects fail.

Source: Al Neimat, The PROJECT PERFECT White Paper Collection

Date: 10/24/2005

Link: http://www.projectperfect.com.au/downloads/Info/info_it_projects_fail.pdf

 Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss the reasons presented in the whitepaper. 
  2. Give examples from your personal experiences. 
  3. Search online to find the “Top 10 IT Project Failures.” 
  4. What is common to all? 
  5. What could have been avoided & how?

Posted by & filed under Supply Chain Management.

 

 

 

 

 

Description: Link to Wikipedia for SCM definition & clarification.  Discuss how SCM can be a competitive advantage for organizations when used most effectively.  What is the main goal of SCM?  To reduce uncertainty, variability, & risks; to increase control in the supply chain to improve inventory levels, cycle time, business processes & customer service to increase profitability & competitiveness.  Efficient & effective supply chains are critical to survival of most organizations; heavily dependent upon IS.  What are some examples of successful supply chain partnerships?  Consider Wal-Mart.

Source: Wikipedia

Date: 11/29/2010

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply_chain_management

 Discussion Questions:

1. Describe SCM & give examples.

2. Efficient management of the supply chain end-to-end process:

a. ERP

b. CRM

c. SCM

d. DSS

 3. Main goal of modern SCM:

a. reduce cost

b. reduce uncertainty, variability & risks

c. increase control in the supply chain

d. increase profitability & competitiveness

e. all of the above

 4. SCM software:

a. concentrates upon improving decision making, optimization & analysis

b. needed to support specific segments of manufacturing, inventory control & scheduling

c. may support digital supply chains

d. all of the above

e. none of the above

Posted by & filed under Knowledge Management.

 

 

 

 

 

Description:  Link to Wikipedia for Knowledge Management definition & clarification.  What are the pros & cons associated with implementing KM systems?  What recommendations do you have for management to increase KM implementation success?  Employees must be given incentive for their knowledge to participate in KM.  KM systems will break down silos & allow for the knowledge to be managed effectively & efficiently; access is key.

Source:  Wikipedia

Date: 8/30/2010

Link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_management_systems

 Discussion Questions:

1. Define KM & relate it to knowledge & intellectual capital.  

2. What are the major benefits of KM to a company?

3. Process that helps organizations to identify, select, organize, disseminate, and transfer important information & expertise within the organization in an unstructured way:

a. CRM

b. SCM

c. KM

d. ERP

 4. Employee incentives are common when promoting implementation of:

a. SCM

b. CRM

c. KM

d. DSS

 5. Knowledge is also:

a. intellectual capital

b. intellectual assets

c. critical to the ongoing success of an organization

d. all of the above

Posted by & filed under Electronic Surveillance.

 

 

 

Description:  AT&T is teaming with TeleNav to beef up its enterprise global positioning system services, and it is offering a service that enables companies to track and monitor their vehicle fleets with embedded units.  The carrier said it was offering TeleNav Vehicle Tracker as part of its enterprise mobility services. Once installed, the hardwired or embedded GPS unit doesn’t require any driver interaction, and it provides real-time tracking information to a Web-based management console.

Source: Marin Perez, InfoWeek

Date: 12/9/2008

Link: http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/gps/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212300510

 Discussion Questions:

  1. Should employees and customers be advised when a GPS is utilized?

Posted by & filed under Electronic Surveillance, Slide Show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description: Business Week article for further discussion about surveillance innovations.  Starting with the first stone tools used thousands of years ago, technology has always had its pros and cons. Stones could grind corn — or split skulls. Such is the case with many of the sensors now being developed to protect civilized people from modern barbarians: terrorists.

Source: BusinessWeek

Date: 8/2005

Link: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/05/07/surveillance/index_01.htm

 Discussion Questions:

  1. Does technology really make us safer?