Posted by & filed under App Economy, Business Intelligence, Business Process Outsourcing, Cloud Computing, Dashboards, IT Governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Investment, IT Planning, IT Strategy, Video.

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, an online portal for commercial vendors to showcase their cloud-based technologies.

Source:  InfoWorld

Date:  December 8, 2010


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?

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Business Analytics, E-Business, E-Commerce, IT Strategy, Mobile Computing.

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


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?

Posted by & filed under Competitive Advantage, IT Governance, Search Engine, Video.

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


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?

Posted by & filed under Business Intelligence, Change Management, Human Resources, IT Strategy, Productivity Paradox, Web 2.0.

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

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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?

Posted by & filed under Career, Competitive Advantage, No Discussion Questions.

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


Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, IT Planning, IT Strategy, Mobile Computing, Wireless.

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


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?

Posted by & filed under E-Business, Green Technologies, Social Networks.

Over the past few decades, societies have become increasingly aware of the social value of conservation and energy efficiency.  Probably more than ever before, personal energy consumption will serve as a source of social networking and even competition in a world that recognizes and even rewards conservation.  Energy service providers have a unique opportunity to make it fun for consumers to manage, measure, and publish their carbon footprints as part of their personal lives and social interactions.  What’s your carbon footprint?

Source: Accenture

Date: November 15, 2010


Questions for discussion:

  • Why is a personal energy use competition an effective way to achieve energy efficiency and consumption goals for an entire company?
  • How can energy providers help an individual reduce their energy consumption?
  • Explain how social media is an important tool in managing your personal carbon footprint.

Posted by & filed under Business Intelligence, IT Infrastructure, IT Investment, IT Planning, MDM/Master Data Management.

In a recent Bain & Company survey, hospital Chief Information Officers (CIOs) ranked their most urgent priority: the computer software system’s inability to exchange and make use of data within their own hospital.  If medical records, referrals, and orders don’t move seamlessly among physicians and hospitals, healthcare costs rise and healthcare delivery worsens.  The U.S. government recently established a set of incentives to find IT solutions that enable hospitals to incorporate the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.  The key to success: understanding where value leaks away from their current IT architecture and how to plug those leaks.

Source:  Bain & Company

Date: November 4, 2010


Questions for discussion:

  • How do disparate IT systems have a debilitating effect on a healthcare provider’s quality of service and the profit margin of the organization?
  • Why are vendors investing heavily in software solutions that allow data from multiple systems to be mapped to a single integration engine?
  • How can a hospital’s IT system prevent a clinician from ordering redundant medical tests or prescribing the wrong drug for a patient?

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, E-Commerce, Internet Advertising, Social Networks.

For years, Google’s natural enemies were Microsoft and Yahoo.  But as Google trounced those lesser giants in the search engine war, it’s now slowly losing momentum in what may turn out to be the real battle – the one for display ad revenues – to the dorm-room-born Facebook.  While Google promised to keep your usage data separate from its ads, Facebook built your identity into the web: it knows who you are, what you like, and has the right to use that information because you explicitly gave it to them.  And even though Facebook advertisers don’t initially know anything about you, they can target ads to your age, location, education, and things you have “liked” in your profile.  Because Google is the “social” underdog in this battle, their best weapon will be openness – trying to turn users against the walls of Facebook.


Date: November 13, 2010


Questions for discussion:

  • Google’s goal is to organize the world’s information.  How does the interaction and information shared in Facebook undermine that goal?
  • How do Google’s AdSense/Doubleclick ads try to determine what your interests are and then display ads that might appeal to you?
  • Why does Facebook want you to stay logged-in to their site while you surf the web?
  • What is the difference between a targeted ad and a contextual ad?

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Description: Article from IBM on the future of service oriented architecture.  Common trend is delivery of IT services that limit amount of responsibility & risk businesses must shoulder in acquiring & maintaining technology that enables core business functions.  Coty’s success of their growth strategy  depended upon IT implementations.  Trend is away from large numbers of IT staff who support internally developed applications, networks, PCs, & infrastructures of data centers.

Source: Anirban Dutta, Sales Workstream Lead for Global Services Rational Adoption Program, IBM


Discussion Questions:

1. What is driving the business trend toward SOA?  Give examples.

2. Type of software architecture that defines the use of services to support the requirements of the business:

a. SOA

b. Mobile technology platforms

c. Wireless sensor networks

d. None of the above

3. In an SOA environment:

a. resources on a network are presented as independent services that can be accessed without knowledge of their underlying platform implementation

b. resources on a network are presented as independent services that cannot be accessed without knowledge of their underlying platform implementation

c. resources on a network are presented as dependent services that cannot be accessed without knowledge of their underlying platform implementation

d. none of the above

4. In an SOA environment:

a. Services are defined as business processes

b. Primarily based on web services standards

c. Primarily based on web services standards but can be implemented using any services-based technology

d. All of the above