Posted by & filed under online education, System development.

Description: Online education is best known for serving older, nontraditional students who can not travel to colleges because of jobs and family. But the same technologies of “distance learning” are now finding their way onto brick-and-mortar campuses, especially public institutions hit hard by declining state funds.

Source: NYT.com

Date: Nov 4, 2010

Across the country, online education is exploding: 4.6 million students took a college-level online course during fall 2008, up 17 percent from a year earlier, according to the Sloan Survey of Online Learning. A large majority — about three million — were simultaneously enrolled in face-to-face courses, belying the popular notion that most online students live far from campuses, said Jeff Seaman, co-director of the survey. Many are in community colleges, he said. Very few attend private colleges; families paying $53,000 a year demand low student-faculty ratios.  Colleges and universities that have plunged into the online field, mostly public, cite their dual missions to serve as many students as possible while remaining affordable, as well as a desire to exploit the latest technologies. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Can online education be as effective as face to face mode of university education?
  • What are the strengths of online education?
  • What are the weaknesses and threats of online education?

Posted by & filed under Biometrics, Security.

Description: The federal government rolled out some details of its new 10-year electronic passport on Tuesday, saying the Canadians who know about the new document seem to like it.

Source: Globe and Mail

Date: Oct 28, 2010

“Generally Canadians are not aware of the project by the government of Canada to adopt the new passport, nor do they know exactly what the passport consists of,” a survey released by Passport Canada indicated.
But the idea of the microchip-equipped passport, which offers a choice of validity of five or 10 years, “experienced significant support,” the survey said.The new passport will contain a photograph but not biometric data such as fingerprints or iris scans.               Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Should Canada introduce biometric security on Canadian passports?
  • What would be the benefits of using biometrics in Canadian passports?
  • What would be the negativesof using biometrics in Canadian passports?

Posted by & filed under Apple, Ecommerce, M-commerce, peer file sharing, Security.

Description: Popular file-sharing website LimeWire has been ordered to permanently shut down six months after a federal judge found it liable for copyright infringement on a “massive scale.”

Source: WSJ.com

Date: Nov 1 , 2010

“For the better part of the last decade, LimeWire and Gorton have violated the law,” the RIAA said. “The court has now signed an injunction that will start to unwind the massive piracy machine that LimeWire and Gorton used to enrich themselves immensely.”

On its website, LimeWire posted a notice that said it was under court order to stop distributing and supporting its software. “Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal,” the notice said.      Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Will this decision stop the “sharing” of files on the net?
  • Will business models to sell music, like itunes be strengthened as a result of this legal decision?
  • What else could business do to protect their content other than legal remidies?

Posted by & filed under Business Intelligence, Software, System development.

Description: I.B.M.’s announcement Monday that it is buying Netezza for $1.7 billion highlights how much the fast-growing field of business intelligence is increasingly both a hardware and a software technology.

Source: NYT.com

Date: Sept 20, 2010

The term “business analytics,” of course, is the branding upgrade that has been given to business intelligence.

Whatever. Both terms, in English, refer to using computing to pluck useful answers and business insights from the explosion of data that is being created by the Web, sensors, e-mail, purchase transactions, call center reports and other sources.

Until recently, business intelligence had been seen as mainly a software technology. Data was stored in data bases, and the clever business intelligence software was sent in to probe the data bases for answers. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • What is B.I and why is it important to an organization?
  • What is the evidence that this is a growing market and area of concentration for businesses?
  • Do you consider the B.I. tools “disruptive technology”? Why? or Why not?

Posted by & filed under ERP, Software, Supply Chain Management.

Description: It’s common knowledge that training is a key reason why large-scale ERP implementations fail. Knowing the symptoms of insufficient planning, execution or poor training delivery is the first step to diagnosing the greater problem

Source: CIO.com

Date: Oct 29, 2010

When outside training consultants assess ERP implementations already in progress, they act very much like doctors. First they ask the patients (in this case the CIO, project teams, HR and training leads, etc.) what they are experiencing. Then they poke into a few areas looking for pain points and performance issues. They run a few tests to see if the surface symptoms match the deeper issues, and go further to uncover underlying training issues that might not yet have appeared as symptoms to the naked eye. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Why should you get a third-party review of the ERP training plan and process?
  • Why is training a disappearing resource in ERP implementation?
  • How would you consult your organization in relation to having a successful ERP implementation?

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing, Ecommerce, SaaS, Security, wireless networks.

Description: Not all businesses flock to cloud computing, though. What its proponents tout as its main benefit – applications and data on the internet – its critics impugn as a potential weakness

Source: CBC News

Date: Oct 26, 2010

Cash-strapped startups and small companies like cloud computing for various reasons. Clients can rent hosted versions of enterprise-class systems like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange (as well as industry-specific applications like myJDesktop), often for manageable monthly fees. This helps them avoid big up-front payouts to buy servers and software, as well as maintenance fees for things like updates, data backup and general IT costs.   Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:
• What are the benefits of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)?
• What are the downsides of adopting  Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)?
• Why would a small business look to specifically adopt SaaS strategy in their organization?

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing, Security, Uncategorized.

Description: Thousands of websites and millions of pieces of private data are increasingly in one big cloud, where some of the old rules of data security are out the window.

Source: Fortune

Date: Sept 24, 2010

With the rise of cloud computing companies, and the ferocity with which tech’s biggest companies are snatching those firms up, it’s no secret that a good chunk of our user data is already stored in the cloud. Our emails, our documents, our social network profiles and hundreds of thousands of tiny startups already rely on cloud services like SalesForce.com to be more productive and cost-effective. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Why factors contribute to the growth of cloud computing in the enterprise?
  • What risk’s are businesses exposed to when they choose to use cloud computing?
  • If you were in charge of IT infrastructure of your university, what advice would you give to your university if they were looking at going to a cloud computing model?

Posted by & filed under Ecommerce, M-commerce, Supply Chain Management, wireless networks.

Description: Square, an application that turns a smartphone into a mobile cash register, is open for business.

Source: CNN.com TechDate: Oct 25, 2010

Created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square uses a free download and plastic card reader to let users accept credit card payments.
The app charges users 2.75 percent of the transaction cost plus a 15-cent fee — a rate Dorsey said is in line with what retail stores pay for accepting cards. Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • List five specific business applications that this technology would benefit?
  • If you were a small mobile business, why wouldn’t you adopt this technology?
  • What are are the substitutes or competition to Square?

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing, M-commerce, Security, wireless networks.

Description: Thousands of websites and millions of pieces of private data are increasingly in one big cloud, where some of the old rules of data security are out the window.

Source: CNN.Tech

Date: Oct 23, 2010

Google admitted in a blog post Friday that external regulators have discovered that e-mails, URLs and passwords were collected and stored in a technical mishap, while the vehicles for Google’s Street View service were out documenting roadway locations.

According to Google, data was mistakenly collected in more than 30 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, some of Europe, and parts of Asia.      Click here for rest of story


Questions for discussion:

  • Did Google handle this breach of privacy correctly from a public relations point of view?
  • Does Google’s breach of trust influence your decision to use their products? Why or Why not?
  • Who should police companies to make sure that privacy and security is ensured for all?

Posted by & filed under Ecommerce, M-commerce, Software, wireless networks.

Description: A survey by online job board Dice shows that tech employers and recruiters face a shortage of qualified mobile-software designers

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: Oct 21, 2010

Almost 57 percent of employers and outside recruiters that hired for mobile-related jobs this year plan to boost such hires in the next 12 months, the survey, conducted on behalf of Bloomberg Businessweek.com, showed. More than half the respondents described the supply of quality mobile-software designers and engineers as “scarce.”  Click here for rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • Why factors contribute to the mobile  app market growing so fast and large?
  • How should educational institutions respond to this market indicator of a shortage off app developers?
  • What options does business have to deal with this surge in demand and lack of supply  in this area of mobile commerce?