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Discussion: iPass, a major wireless service provider, surveyed mobile-enabled professionals and reported the top five mobile workforce trends for 2010.  The results are a bit surprising: the median age of the mobile worker is 46, a whopping 97% of mobile employees carry two or more mobile devices, and 88% are checking their smartphones during downtime. What does this mobile evolution mean for employees?  Work is becoming something people do, not a place where people go.

Source: CNN.com

Date: December 15, 2010

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/12/15/mobile.workforce/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Discuss the advantages and possible pitfalls of this scenario: using a personal smartphone, an off-duty employee responds to an email from a professional client while waiting in the grocery store check-out line.
  • Is the mobile workplace potentially altering the way employees focus on work?

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Martin Symes and the Wego team

Discussion: Former airlines exec Martin Symes discusses the launch of Singapore-based Wego, a travel search engine for the price-sensitive Asian traveler.  He’s convinced a new generation of computer-literate Southeast Asians offers extraordinary growth potential in the number of people booking travel online.  As for starting a small business in “very easy to live in” Singapore, Symes was lured by the highly educated workforce and generous government grants.  His cautionary advice for budding entrepreneurs: “It’s going to take longer and cost more than you think.”

Source: BBC News

Date: December 13, 2010

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11982948

Questions for discussion:

  • Discuss Symes’ comment that the collaborative approach of a start-up company is sometimes less efficient than big corporations.
  • What are several of the factors that contributed to the successful timing of Wego’s launch?
  • Why is Wego targeting the budget savvy traveler vs. the brand loyal customers?

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Description: CNN.com’s tech writer John Sutter explains why the recent denial-of-service cyber attacks were more a political protest than a breach in online security.

Source: CNN.com

Date: December 10, 2010

Link: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2010/12/09/explain.it.to.me.cyber.attacks.cnn

Questions for discussion:

  • How does a hacker wage a denial of service attack?
  • Why were several credit card companies recently targeted this way and do you think this form of protest is effective?
  • If you recently made a credit card payment to Wikileaks, do the hackers now have your credit card information?

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Description: The Federal Trade Commission unveiled an online privacy proposal that includes a “do not track” option for consumers on the Internet, similar to the “do not call” list that exists to block telemarketers.  The plan would allow the consumer to block their Web-surfing history and thus prevent third-party sites from using online activity to serve up targeted advertisements.  Despite “do not track” technologies currently used by Google, Microsoft, and Firefox, the FTC states self-regulation of privacy has not worked adequately and they plan to take action against companies across the line.  Many in the industry shudder at the notion of a legislative solution for fear it could stymie innovation.

Source: PCMag.com

Date: December 1, 2010

Link: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373681,00.asp

Questions for discussion:

  • For websites that rely on advertising dollars to provide the consumer free content, how would the “do not track” proposal alter their business model?
  • Do you support the adoption of the FTC plan?  Why or why not?
  • Would you be willing to pay for web content that was once free?

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It’s a good thing not all elected officials are clueless about technology.  In an effort to reduce 40 percent of the U.S. government’s current 2,100 data centers, the White House has pledged to embrace flexible cloud computing in favor of traditional in-house tech deployments.  The shift from building custom, proprietary IT systems to lighter technologies and shared solutions is cleaner and more cost-effective.  And to prove how serious they are about the “cloud,” the White House  launched Apps.gov, an online portal for commercial vendors to showcase their cloud-based technologies.

Source:  InfoWorld

Date:  December 8, 2010

Link:  http://www.infoworld.com/print/145829

Questions for discussion:

  • How does cloud computing reduce the number of data centers the government currently runs?
  • What is the purpose and the goal of the online dashboard the Feds recently deployed?

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On the cover of its August 2010 issue, Wired magazine declared “The web is dead.”  In a recent interview with Business Insider, Wired’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson explains the full title of the article: “The web is dead.  Long live the Internet.”  Anderson says,  “You don’t have to be an ad supported website.  If you choose, you can take the app path; you can charge for your content if you want. It’s hard to do in the browser environment; much easier to do if the consumer engagement starts with the app store.”

Source: Business Insider

Date: November 4, 2010

Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/chris-anderson-wired-the-web-dead-appeconomy-2010-11

Questions for discussion:

  • What is scarcity?
  • Wired editor Chris Anderson  says a business can only make money with scarcity, and scarcity is lost with the web.  How can apps create scarcity and force the consumer to pay directly for the content?
  • The full title of Wired’s article is “The Web is Dead, Long Live the Internet.”  How does Anderson distinguish the Web from the Internet in terms of paying for content?

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The European Commission has launched an investigation into Google after other search engines complained that the search giant had abused its dominant position.  The investigation will try to determine whether Google’s method of generating unpaid results adversely affects the ranking of other, lesser-known search engines.  Google denies the allegations but vowed to work with the Commission to address any concerns.  Bill Echikson, Google’s senior communications manager, summed up Google’s main defense argument: “Competition is really one click away.”

Source: BBC News

Date: November 30, 2010

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11876443

Questions for discussion:

  • Google admits that its algorithms disadvantage search engines that duplicate content from other websites.  Are they in fact admitting that their algorithms are designed to supress competition?
  • Foundem alleges that Google promotes its own services over those offered by competitors.  Isn’t it in a company’s best interest to promote its services over those of it competitors?
  • Do you think these lesser search engines have legitimate arguments or are they simply trying to gain a legal advantage on the world’s largest search engine?

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The IT Revolution changed the world as we know it, creating a highly competitive, interconnected and globalized environment.  But its true success lies in the second phase of the Revolution: the ability of human beings to embrace change, adapt the technology, and optimize productivity.  Now that the solutions are primarily in human beings, rather than the tools, HR professionals play a key role in building an IT savvy personnel.

Source: Financial Post

Date: November 1, 2010

Link: http://www.financialpost.com/executive/smart-shift/making+Revolution+work/3759313/story.html – ixzz14KMdsuby

Questions for discussion:

  • An IBM study predicts that within the next six years, work will not be centered on an individual organization but on a community of people.  How does external collaboration increase productivity?
  • What is the “productivity paradox?”
  • How can social media technologies achieve once-unimagined levels of employee innovation?

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Description: It’s official: Management Information Systems (MIS) majors are happiest with their careers according to an article coming out of the Wall Street Journal’s Paths to Professions project.

Source: Joe Light, Wall Street Journal

Date: 10/11/2010

Link: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704011904575538561813341020-lMyQjAxMTAwMDEwMzExNDMyWj.html

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The U.S. market for smart-phone applications has soared past $1.5 billion, thanks to ingenious developers like Ilene Jones, cofounder of IPhone’s Hurricane storm-tracking app and Derek James, creator of paid word and card games for Android.  Their advice: Flesh out your plan completely and think local when it comes to hiring a developer, find a niche and go where the app lovers are, think before you price but don’t be afraid to experiment, and develop apps based on games consumers can easily identify.

Source: Newsweek

Date: September 15, 2010

Link: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/09/15/how-to-build-a-better-smart-phone-app.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does Google’s Android differ from Apple’s IPhone in terms of publishing an app?
  • You have a great idea for an app.  What steps should you take before you hire a developer?