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Description: 10:12 minutes.  YouTube video with Dell CTO to talk about virtualization.  This is the opportunity to discuss how virtualization can increase the flexibility of IT assets, allowing companies to consolidate IT infrastructure, reduce maintenance and administrative costs, and prepare for strategic IT initiatives such as grid computing, utility computing, and service oriented architecture. 

Virtualization separates business applications and data from hardware resources.  Allows companies to pool hardware resources-rather than to dedicate servers to applications-and assign those resources as needed.

Major types of virtualization are the following: network virtualization that is the pooling of physical storage from multiple network storage devices into a single storage device that is managed from a central console; network virtualization combines available resources; and hardware virtualization that is the use of software to emulate hardware or a total computer environment other than the one the software is actually running in.

Source: Kevin Kettler, Dell Chief Technology Officer, YouTube Video

Date: 8/26/2006

Link: Discussion

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why the big deal about virtualization?

Posted by & filed under IT Trends, Video, Virtualization, Web 2.0.

Description: 1:56 minutes.  YouTube video about the creation of an homogenous storage facility virtually, called storage virtualization.  Allows for real time distribution of resources where they are needed and when. 

Source: YouTube Video

Date: 11/1/2007


Discussion Questions:

  1. What is storage virtualization? 
  2. Why is it practical and cost effective?

Posted by & filed under Web 2.0.








Description: The Next Net will encompass all digital devices, from PC to cell phone to television. Its defining characteristics include the ability to interact instantaneously with any of the more than 1 billion Web users across the globe — not by, say, instant messaging, but by evolving instant-voice-messaging and instant-video-messaging apps that will make today’s e-mail and IM seem crude.

Source: Erick Schonfeld, Om Malik, and Michael V. Copeland,

Date: 3/3/2006


Discussion Questions:

  1. Why has this media exploded?

Posted by & filed under IT Trends, Web 2.0.











Description: Web 2.0 technologies, including blogs, mash-ups and Ajax, are changing the way people communicate online and could have profound implications for collaboration within the enterprise. Gathered here are our best articles and advice on how CIOs can get the most from the Web 2.0 revolution. (from collection.  Discuss importance of such resources as this publication, and others).

This guide is part of the CIO Briefing series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic guidance and advice that addresses the management and decision-making aspects of timely topics. For a complete list of topics covered to date visit the CIO Briefing section.


Date: 3/1/2007


Discussion Questions:

1. What are some of the major characteristics of Web 2.0 technologies?  What is the revolution all about?

2. Web 2.0 characteristics:

a. mass social media

b. better collaboration with partners, customers, suppliers

c. anyone can be a developer

d. digital democracy

e. all of the above

3. Social media:

a. organization controlled

b. people controlled

c. highly structured

d. none of the above

4. Social media:

a. people share opinions

b. people share experiences

c. very expensive

d. people share opinions & experiences

Posted by & filed under Web 3.0.














Description: Foundational information for Web 3.0.  Internet experts think Web 3.0 is going to be like having a personal assistant who knows practically everything about you and can access all the information on the Internet to answer any question. Many compare Web 3.0 to a giant database. While Web 2.0 uses the Internet to make connections between people, Web 3.0 will use the Internet to make connections with information. Some experts see Web 3.0 replacing the current Web while others believe it will exist as a separate network.

Source: Jonathan Strickland, How Stuff Works


Discussion Questions:

1. How does Web 3.0 work? 

2. Compare to Web 2.0.

3. Business and social computing converge:

a. Web 2.0

b. Web 3.0

c. future trend

d. none of the above

3. Radically changing career paths:

a. IT

b. outsourcing

c. technical support

d. Web 3.0

4. Semantic Web:

a. Web 3.0

b. mobile social networks

c. future threat

d. none of the above

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Description: Faced with a telecommunications infrastructure that’s unable to support its sprawling campus in rural New Hampshire, Dartmouth College is investing in wireless technology that will allow it to expand its main campus network to off-site buildings.

Source:  Elena Malykhina, InfoWeek

Date: 3/11/2005


Discussion Questions:

  1. What types of questions should be asked before decisions are made to adopt new technologies?

Posted by & filed under Wi-Fi, Wireless.

Description: Article on the expanded use & implementation of wireless technology. The broadband or high-speed Internet connections that were once found only in universities and businesses can now be found in more than 37 million locations, including homes, libraries and schools. According to the Federal Communications Commission, this number is up from only 7 million in 2000.

Currently the U.S. Congress and giant telecommunication and Internet content providers are debating how to upgrade the nation’s communications infrastructure to accommodate the growing demand for high-capacity Internet connections.

By offering wireless Internet to residents, cities across the United States are joining in the growing telecommunications battle over the future of the Internet.

Source: Newshour

Date: 8/14/2006


Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some disadvantages related to wireless technology?

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Description: Whitepaper with creative discussion about the strategic advantages of wireless capabilities such as utilized at Mary Kay Corp.

Source: J. Sharpe Smith

Date: 2007


Discussion Questions:

  1. How is wireless capability a secret weapon for Mary Kay Corp?