Will NFC make the mobile wallet work?

Posted by & filed under Cyber Security, E-Business, E-Commerce, IT Infrastructure, IT Trends, NFC/Near-Field Communication, RFID/Radio-Frequency Identification.

Discussion:  It was recently announced that the new iPhone 4S would not have NFC (near field communication) technology integrated into it, which was disappointing to many.  The NFC chip, which is a form of radio frequency identification (RFID),  is used to enable the mobile wallet.  One concern of NFC is that the chip remains programmable,… Read more »

How Obama’s data-crunching prowess may get him re-elected

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Business Analytics, Competitive Advantage, IT Strategy, IT Trends.

Discussion:  Currently, Obama is the only Presidential candidate that is harnessing the power of big data, and this fact may help him to be re-elected in 2012.  By analyzing and studying mass amounts of data, Obama and his campaign are identifying voters and finding out which issues are most important to them.  By addressing these issues, and voters… Read more »

Green sidewalk makes electricity — one footstep at a time

Posted by & filed under Green Technologies.

Discussion:  Recently, engineers have designed a paving slab that converts absorbed kinetic energy into electricity.  The kinetic energy is captured when people step on the stones– it is a real-world “crowdsourcing”  application.  Besides being a common-sense source of sustainable energy (walking is something people do anyway) the slab also brings the issue of sustainability to the… Read more »

Business analytics: how to make sense of big data

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing, IT Trends, Knowledge Management, MDM/Master Data Management.

Discussion:  Three questions are posed to Keith Collins, CTO of SAS Institutes, in this interview.  He highlights that the most pressing question on the mind of many businesses is how to harness and make sense of the massive amounts of data that is now available on the internet.  Collins also notes that business analyses and high… Read more »

Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?

Posted by & filed under Civil Liberties, Cyber Security, E-Commerce, IT Security, IT Standards, IT Trends, RFID/Radio-Frequency Identification.

Discussion:  There are many physical objects, or “things”, that are now on the internet with the help of RFID tags (referred to as the “Internet of Things”).  Jeans, or another object that has an RFID tag, could potentially track a person’s every movement and broadcast its location 24 hours a day.  Is this invasion of… Read more »