Posted by & filed under business models, Cloud Computing, Data storage, disruptive technology, EXAM ARTICLE, IS ethics, SaaS.

Description: How much does cloud computing really cost?  Anyone know yet?  Last week, I mentioned some estimates which suggest that companies can save up to 30% in IT costs over a three-year period employing cloud resources versus on-premises equipment.


Date: Nov. 8, 2011

A relatively small operation with two application servers and two database servers could expect to pay about $106,000 over a three-year period, versus $149,000 for internal IT.

That’s for adoption of public cloud services, of course, which involves paying a monthly subscription fee and not really worrying about all the behind-the-scenes IT.  But there are even more “private cloud”  projects going on within the walls of enterprises than public cloud engagements. READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:
1.Why is it important for organizations to measure the TCO of Cloud computing?

2.  “TCO is not a useful metric for the “soft costs” of cloud.”  What are soft costs?

Posted by & filed under Apple, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, EXAM ARTICLE, Google, siri, smartphones, voice recognition.

Description: Apple’s Siri personal assistant app on the iPhone 4S can do even more than Google’s Voice Actions and provides intelligence that Android doesn’t yet match


Date: Oct 18, 2011

Apple (AAPL) reported on Monday, Oct. 17, that it has sold 4 million iPhone 4S handsets in the debut weekend of the new smartphone. Some may have purchased it for the dual-core processor, while others were sold on the updated 8 megapixel camera and intelligent imaging software. But as a longtime Android owner, one feature alone pushed me to add an iPhone 4S to my stable of smartphones: Apple’s Siri service that turns the handset into a personal assistant.


“But wait,” the Android users are crying out. “Google has voice services, too!” Indeed, Android devices do have similar voice services. READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are the differences between Apple Siri technology and Google’s VR?
  2. Is this a long term competitive advantage for Apple?

Posted by & filed under Business Intelligence, business models, data mining, healthcare.

Description: A Pfizer-led group plans to buy access to hospital records in New York State to help identify and enroll participants in drug studies


Date: Nov 3, 2011

Pharmaceutical companies can easily spend years—and more than $1 billion—bringing a new drug to market, in part because they can’t find enough patients to do the required testing of the compound. Such delays can cost up to $1 million a day, fritter away valuable months of patent protection, and allow rival developers to catch up. One remedy: pay hospitals to sift through the health records of their patients.  READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are the ethical issues surrounding the data mining of health records?
  1. What limitations if any would you put in place to control the data-mining of health records?

Posted by & filed under business models, Ecommerce, Human Resources, outsourcing.

Description: Mr. Rosedale, 43, is back with a new business called Coffee and Power, where people buy and sell most any kind of task, like making Halloween costumes or writing sophisticated software.


Date: Nov 6, 2011

To prove his point that a work exchange could function, Mr. Rosedale built the software for his new company by hiring programmers from around the world and dividing up the work into about 1,600 individual tasks, from setting up databases to fixing bugs.

“We think it’s the new model for how software will be written,” he said. “It worked so well that we decided to extend it to all sorts of work.”

Coffee and Power has storefront space in a nondescript part of San Francisco’s Market Street where people can drop in and offer to do jobs or hire people for tasks. They can even start working together on the spot. Mr. Rosedale works upstairs, along with a handful of full-time staff members.   READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the business model and revenue model for   Coffee and Power?

2.  Do you see this business model giving any company a long term competitive advantage? Explain

Posted by & filed under education, EXAM ARTICLE.

Description: When the Ad:tech advertising technology conference hits New York next week, marketers, advertising agencies and recruiters may spend less time listening to the panelists and more time working the floor to find new employees.


Date: Oct 30, 2011

A talent gap is growing between the skills that many new advertising jobs require and the number of people who have those skills. The dilemma, one familiar to many industries across the country, is particularly acute for jobs that require hard-core quantitative, mathematical and technical skills.

The talent pool, advertising technology company executives say, is not a deep one. And those who have the skills are in high demand, often fetching annual salaries that can reach $100,000.    READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why is there a talent gap growing between the skills that many new advertising jobs require and the number of people who have those skills?

2.  How would one best attempt to acquire the skills needed in this industry?

Posted by & filed under business models, disruptive technology, EXAM ARTICLE.

Description: Up through the mid-1970s, most consumer electronics products were built with these devices called vacuum tubes. They’re about the size of a child’s fist.


Date: Oct 28, 2011

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A TV had about 20 vacuum tubes inside of it. And as a consequence, the TVs of the time had to sit on, stand on the floor. They’re about this tall. Cost about $4,000 in today’s money. So only families that had big homes and big bank accounts could own TVs. The transistor was disruptive relative to the vacuum tube, because when it emerged it couldn’t handle the high power that was required to be used in one of these big floor-standing TVs. Or the radios of the time sat on the, the, uh, credenza in the dining room.

Every one of the vacuum tube companies, and these are the giants of the electronics industry, RCA, the Radio Corporation of America, Zenith, Westinghouse, Motorola, Philco, they all took a license to the technology, and they carried the license into their own laboratories and framed it as a technological problem. In other words, the transistor just can’t handle the power required to be used in the market. Read the Rest of Story

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why are transistors considered a disruptive technology??

2.  What do feel are some other disruptive technologies?

Posted by & filed under disruptive technology, EXAM ARTICLE, Uncategorized.

Description: Google entered the crowded Canadian e-book market Tuesday, launching an online store that will compete for readers against established giants Amazon and Kobo.

Source: Globe and Mail .com

Date: Nov 1, 2011

Coady’s book was listed at $28.84 through Google, but was more than $10 cheaper on Kobo’s store. Vanderhaeghe’s book was $14.39 through Google, and more than $5 less on Kobo.

Still, Google is counting on the fact that its broad selection and versatility will persuade Canadian customers to give its new service a chance.

“We do offer a massive catalogue of books, so for most people there will be more choice for books, we also support a broader range of reading devices,” Dougal said. “We have every major publisher in Canada and a lot of very small Canadiana publishers. We’re very aggressive about finding every single book that we can find.”  Read Rest of Story

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you feel that Google has a competitive advantage in this market?

2.  What is Google’s competitive strategy and what is the source of that competitive advantage?

Posted by & filed under EXAM ARTICLE, Social Media.

Description: The idea of meeting someone on the fly through a mobile app based solely on proximity may seem, at first, like a risky proposition.

Source: New York Times .com

Date: Nov 2, 2011

On the apps, which use smartphone location technology, users post a simple profile and then broadcast their availability, or scan a list of others who have done so.

They can immediately exchange messages and, if there is mutual interest, decide where to meet.

Some of the apps are stand-alone, while others are new features of established dating sites; there are fewer than a dozen so far, including Blendr, OkCupid Locals and HowAboutWe. They tend to be free, making money by selling ads or charging for extra features.

OkCupid Locals is part of OkCupid, a larger dating site, which says a tenth of its 2.5 million active members use the location features in the mobile app. HowAboutWe began a little over a year ago as a Web site where people post suggestions for dates they would like to have.  Read the Rest of the Story

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are these dating service a good idea? Why?

2.  What are the revenue models for these dating apps and services?

Posted by & filed under Collaborative filtering, EXAM ARTICLE, Personalization.

Description: Randi Kaye talks to Eli Pariser about why he says web personalization could have dangerous consequences

Source: CNN .com

Date: Nov 1, 2011

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is collaborative filtering a positive feature for consumers?  explain

2.  List 3 positive and 3 negative consequences of information filtering.

Posted by & filed under EXAM ARTICLE, newspapers on-line, Uncategorized.

Description: The newspaper industry is being decimated.


Date: Oct 28, 2011

watch video at this link

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why is the newspaper being decimated?

2.  Where do you see the future going for this industry and how should one position their company to gain a competitive advantage?