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 The responsibility to dispose of discarded PCs and other outdated computer equipment resides with: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