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.
Description: Discussion of the pros & cons of higher security levels. Tomorrow’s surveillance technology may be considerably more effective, but each uptick in protection will typically come at the cost of more intrusion into the privacy of ordinary people. For now, the public seems to find that trade-off acceptable, so scientists around the world have intensified efforts to perfect the art of surveillance, hoping to catch villains before they strike.
Research laboratories envision tools that could identify and track just about every person, anywhere – and sound alarms when the systems encounter hazardous objects or chemical compounds. Many such ideas seem to leap from the pages of science fiction: An artificial nose in doorways and corridors sniffs out faint traces of explosives on someone’s hair. Tiny sensors floating in reservoirs detect a deadly microbe and radio a warning. Smart cameras ID people at a distance by the way they walk or the shape of their ears. And a little chemical lab analyzes the sweat, body odor, and skin flakes in the human thermal plume — the halo of heat that surrounds each person.
Description: A “dashboard” pulls up everything the CEO needs to run the show, or rather what they need to assess performance, tool to identify where adjustment is necessary, who is performing and who isn’t. This article is about how the concept of the dashboard began.