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Description: Plenty of companies would love to get their hands on our wallets. But Google wants to go one step further: it wants to be our wallets.


Date: Sept 21, 2011

Its new phone software, called Google Wallet, is intended to replace the credit cards in our actual wallets.

It does sound pretty spectacular, doesn’t it? No fishing plastic cards out of wallets, no paper slips, no signatures. Everything is handled securely, instantly, conveniently, with one tap of your phone at the register.

Europeans and Asians already routinely pay for things that way. Why can’t we have that in America?

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Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think this new technology will succeed in being adopted on a wide scale? Why? Or  Why Not?
  1. If you were Google what strategy could you employ to keep competitors and substitutes out of this market?

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Description: The internet is being seen as a legitimate way to screen  jurors to see if they will benefit a particular case for one side or the other.  There are two sides as the benifits and downsides of using theses technologies in this fashion.


Date: Sept 20, 2011

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you feel that using this technology in juror searches is legal? Ethical?
  2. If you were given the job to investigate jurors where would you begin and then proceed in your search for ” business intelligence” about the jurors

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Description: Economists and pundits have long feared the emergence of what they called “hollow corporations,” or businesses that don’t actually produce actual goods or services themselves, but instead act as brokers or intermediaries relying on networks of suppliers and partners.

Source: Forbes .com.

Date: Sept 19, 2011

Where are these services coming from?  Look to the cloud.

Yes, cloud computing enables cost savings — as companies can access technology and applications on-demand on an as-needed basis and pay for only what they use. And yes, this fosters greater agility, with less reliance on legacy IT assets. But the changes go even deeper that that. Consider the ways cloud computing is altering our business landscape:     Read rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  1. What ways can the Cloud be a boost to our sagging economy and give it a boost?

2. List and describe the ways cloud computing is altering our business landscape.

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Description: Every company wants to be the first listing in a Google search. Some spend thousands of dollars making sure their websites are search accessible. This process is called search engine optimization (SEO). It’s certainly legal and quite common.

Source: USAToday .com.

Date: Sept 16, 2011

Big problems arise when you employ illegal tactics, often referred to as “black hat SEO.” It’s usually masterminded by outside firms to lift your company to the top of the search results.

J.C. Penney was on the receiving end of a lot of bad publicity earlier this year when they were accused of black hat SEO. It wasn’t Google that exposed the alleged scheme but the New York Times, following an investigation.

How had been able to show up as No. 1 in organic search rankings — meaning those that occur naturally — for hundreds of items ranging from dishes to dresses?

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Questions for discussion:

  1. How can you optimize your position in Google search?
  2. What are the benefits of employing a SEO strategy for an organization?

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Description: We’re one of the few ecommerce companies that gets to connect with each of ourcustomers in person. They tell us where they will be at a given date and time, down to the exact seat location. So enhancing the event with geosocial is a cool part of the evolution of the experience and part of our roadmap ahead.

Source: Forbes .com.

Date: Sept 15, 2011

Are there certain venues or types of concerts for which you’re seeing heavier useof the interactive seating maps?

Nathan: So far, we’re seeing the most tagging activity in concerts and sports games, but theater and family shows are definitely getting their share of tags as well. Some of the most
tagged events have been the US Open games, NASCAR, and college football. But the most tagged event to date is actually Bone Bash XII with Judas Priest at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA.   Read rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  1. Does this interactive technology give Ticketmaster a long term competitive advantage?
  2. Which of Porters generic strategies does Ticketmaster employ?

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Description: Is it plausible to expect that Best Buy’s sales clerks will offer better advice than the many expert reviews on the Internet, augmented by the hundreds or thousands of customer reviews for Best Buy’s bread and butter products?

Source: Forbes .com.

Date: Sept 15, 2011

My friend, Paul Carroll, is peeved at Best Buy.  It stems from the time his daughter’s puppy chewed up her laptop’s printer cord. Paul knew he could get the really simple cord for $2.50 on Amazon, but he had to buy it at Best Buy for $30 because she needed the cord immediately.  Best Buy extracted a tremendous premium that day, and lost Paul’s good will forever.

So, for Paul and many other observers, it came as no surprise when Best Buy announced that sales had dropped for a fifth-consecutive quarter.  Profits took an even bigger hit, as they dropped 30 percent.  It was a surprise for many investors, however, who had the audacity to hope for a trend reversal.  But that hope vaporized, and investors drove shares to their lowest level since 2008.   Read rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is Best Buy doomed? Why? Or  Why Not?
  2. How might Best Buy survive and win in this industry?

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Description: Windows 8 is coming soon — and it looks nothing like the Windows you’re used to.

Source: CNN .com.

Date: Sept 14, 2011

Microsoft formally introduced Windows 8 on Tuesday to thousands of software developers gathered at the company’s annual Build conference in Anaheim, Calif. The software giant said it reimagined Windows for the “changing world of computing.”  Windows 8 has a completely new visual interface, optimized for touchscreens on mobile devices like tablets.

The result is a computer that operates as a kind of hybrid PC and media tablet, with all the functions of a standard PC operating system but the user experience of a tablet. Read rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you feel that this new OS from Microsoft will “change the world of computing”? Why?  Or Why not??
  2. What will make you upgrade to Windows 8?
  3. Do you see business adopting this OS or being laggards in adopting this technology?

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Description: A Sunday business column in The New York Times looked at the work of a start-up, Narrative Science, that combines computer science and journalism. Its software takes data and converts it into stories — short summary-style articles so far, but ones that don’t really read as if they were written by a machine.

Source: NYT .com.

Date: Sept 12, 2011

The technology Narrative Science is pushing raises Internet-era concerns. “The worry is for a company like Google,” said Oren Etzioni, a professor and artificial intelligence expert at the University of Washington. “If the production of increasingly diverse and high-quality text becomes automated, how will Google be able to detect search spam?”

Search spam typically refers to Web sites, usually with simple answers or lists, that seem to be tailored to try to get high rankings from Google’s search engine, and thus attract ads. Google periodically tweaks its algorithms to drop the rankings of such sites, but it is a never-ending arms race.

In that digital arms race, Mr. Etzoni added, Narrative Science could be a “nuclear weapon.”

Narrative Science says it has not sold its technology to such sites, often called “content farms.”  Read rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think this story was written by a machine? Why?  Or Why not??
  2. What do you see as the top four positive applications of this technology?
  3. What do you see as the top four negative applications of this technology?

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Description: New analytics technology is predicting behavior—and building businesses.   In the early 2000s a wave of startups made it possible to gather huge volumes of data and analyze it in record speed—à la SecureAlert. A retailer such as Macy’s (M) that once pored over last season’s sales information could shift to looking instantly at how an e-mail coupon for women’s shoes played out in different regions.

Source: BusinessWeek .com.

Date: Sept 12, 2011

Past technology worked with data that fell neatly into rows and columns—purchase dates, prices, the location of a store. (AMZN), for instance, would use traditional systems to track how many people bought a certain type of camera and for what price. Hadoop can handle data that don’t fit into spreadsheets. That ability, combined with Hadoop’s speedy divide-and-conquer approach to data, lets users get answers to questions they couldn’t even ask before. Retailers can dig into not just what people bought but why they bought it. Amazon can (and does) analyze its website logs to see what other items people look at before they buy that camera, how long they look at them, whether certain colors on a Web page generate more sales—and synthesize all that into real-time intelligence. Are they telling their friends about that camera? Is some new model poised to be the next big hit? “These insights don’t come super easily, but the information is there, and we do have the machine power now to process it and search for it,” says James Markarian, chief technology officer at data specialist Informatica.

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Questions for discussion:

  1. How is new analytics technology predicting behavior different from traditional databases such as oracle?
  2. If an organization adopts this technology , what roles and goals of technology can be achieved by the organization

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Description: Wal-Mart Stores, struggling to translate its brick-and-mortar success to the Web, is using free software named after a stuffed elephant to help it gain an edge on in the $165.4 billion U.S. e-commerce market.

Source: BusinessWeek .com.

Date: Sept 7, 2011

With its online sales less than a fifth of Amazon’s last year, Wal-Mart executives have turned to software called Hadoop that helps businesses quickly and cheaply sift through terabytes or even petabytes of Twitter posts, Facebook updates, and other so-called unstructured data. Hadoop, which is customizable and available free online, was created to analyze raw information better than traditional databases like those from Oracle (ORCL).

“When the amount of data in the world increases at an exponential rate, analyzing that data and producing intelligence from it becomes very important,” says Anand Rajaraman, senior vice-president of global e-commerce at Wal-Mart and head of @WalmartLabs, the retailer’s division charged with improving its use of the Web.

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Questions for discussion:

  1. What is Hadoop’s competitive advantage against traditional database vendors such as Oracle.
  2. What is unstructured data and why is it such a large concern for companies to find a way to manage it?