What is the Cloud?

by Nelson T
In an article that I have read from PC Magazine Online, cloud computing is the next big thing coming to consumers and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to have complete access to their personal data as well as data from other users as well. This is called Personal Cloud Computing. An example of one of the many benefits of the personal cloud is automatic sync. If a user searches for music using their mobile device, purchases a piece of music from their favorite artist, the mp3 file downloads not only on their mobile device but also downloads automatically to their home computer and other devices that are linked that cloud account. Other items include the user’s address book, email and documents.  Having access to the cloud is fairly cheap and this is attracts business. Businesses can use the cloud to do some serious data mining on the fly. Having access to information coming from their users. A way that a cloud can be distinguished is from key attributes such as it being from a third party vendor that is usually off site, accessed over the internet, minimal IT knowledge are a few attributes. Cloud computing is very useful for a connected consumer and for the success of a business. As an owner of an Apple iPhone, I am a user of their cloud service named iCloud. I find this service to be very useful. Just like my example from earlier, anything i do on my mobile smartphone is sync automatically to cloud servers and then pushed to my laptop and other devices that are connected to the iCloud service. I have personally realized the benefits of this service and its been great since the start. I rely on it almost everyday to make sure I get what i need from anywhere I am connected. read more...

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IT Evolution

by CyberChic
IT is moving to the upper stratosphere where clouds reside. Bernard Golden (2012), who is the CIO of a cloud management software company states that many small and medium companies are giving up in-house information centers to obtain cost advantages by switching to mega-data centers or cloud computing. Being in the vortex of this disruptive technology, Golden (2012) also says that “IT is moving from supporting business processes to being the business’s processes, and that traditional application designs and infrastructures are inadequate to support today’s needs,” which is a very interesting change.
With our storage technology, we have been capturing data for decades. All stored in databases of every kind. It keeps growing and growing. At some point, it becomes cost effective to have someone else, a cloud, hold data or databases for us.
Who came up with the terminology? Cloud gives you no idea where the data is being stored except out there somewhere. Maybe someday with quark technology, it may really be in the clouds but for now it refers to mega-data centers. One company that operates cloud computing is Switch. Their data center is called SuperNAP and it is located near Las Vegas, Nevada. It is roughly 400,000 square feet now with plans of expanding it to two million square feet. Wow, that’s big. read more...

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chapter 12 correlation to the article MySpace Traffic Drop Costs News Corp about $100 Million

by Jose R
This article pertains to the drop in MySpace web traffic.  According to Eliot Van Buskirk of wire.com MySpace’s parent company stands to lose approximately 100 million because it can meet its web traffic (advertizing) quota with Google.  This is bad new foe News Corp because it covered its 580 dollar acquisition of MySpace; on the up side News Corp generates 85 percent of its revenue from movie studio and cable channels.  MySpace has changed its focus from a site “that bring friends together” to one that specializes in entertainment.  According to Chase Carey, “We’re not trying to beat Facebook. We’re not trying to beat Twitter and many aspects of the business are changing, including when movies can debut on platforms other than theaters, the value of syndicated reruns, and the growth of video-on-demand.” (www.wired.com).  read more...

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Chapter 12 – Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trend

by Emmanuel L

Oil baron’s wind farm project hits doldrums

Social Entrepreneurship: Going Green

I tired to find a decent article which talks about globalization but an article about green energy found me first. This article was published few months ago and talks about billionaire T. Boone Pickens’s plan of building the world’s largest wind farm. read more...

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Chapter 12. Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trends

by Erendida M

China Solar Panel Maker Sets First U.S. Plant

The largest solar panel installation is at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. It was produced by China’s Suntech Power, and it accounts for about a third of the 15 megawatt solar farm. Suntech is part of the largest, fast-growing global solar market due to its price and scale. It now has a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix area, and began production in October. Suntech has now become the first major Chinese cleantech player to bring factory jobs to the U.S. By doing so it strengthens the collaboration between Chinese and American leaders in the renewable-energy industry. read more...

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Chapter 12: Facebook Dominates Global Social Nets – For Now

by Ue Y
This week’s chapter reading is on Globalization, Innovation and the 21st Century Organizational Trends, and one of the biggest trends in this current time is social networking sites. According to an article on PC World, Facebook is dominating the social networking sites. I have always been a fan of the Facebook social networking site, especially when it first started out as as site just for college students to connect with one another from different campuses. During that time, you had to have a campus email address to prove that you were a college student to be able to sign up for membership. About a year or two ago, Facebook opened its doors to the greater world and allowed membership to just about everyone and anybody. Since then, Facebook has been a growing site with millions of members globally. Other sites like Myspace, Hi5 and Bebo are known in different countries and are huge in different parts of the world. Myspace is well known in the United States, Hi5 is very well known and huge in Latin America, while Bebo is highly used in Europe and its residents. Facebook, however, remains the one site that is being used everywhere gloabally. For businesses that are trying to get their brand names and products well known to the world, Facebook is a great way to get the word out. Many organizations use Facebook to talk about issues and events that are approaching and it has proven to be very successful. Other sites like Orkut are losing a lot of its members in India to Facebook, so to help businesses become more successful, they should look into creating a page or profile on Facebook to further the mission of their business. read more...

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Chapter 12. Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Orgnizational Trends

by Marco G
You can’t just throw your electronic waste away. It contains several toxins and a number of reusable metals and plastics. In fact, in California it is illegal to simple toss the old computer/VCR/DVD player/etc into the trash bin. So what do you do to comply with the law? You keep your ear to the ground and listen for the drum of a “free e-waste” event in town. You take your e-waste and dump it off and thats the last you see of it. Or you visit a site like http://www.myboneyard.com/ and mail off, free of charge to you, your ewaste.  But what happens to it?  I cannot speak for myboneyard.com but it is apparent that much of the waste gets dumped off in developing countries like Vietnam, as shown in the recent Amazing Race 15 show, or India. Workers, earning as much as 3 dollars a day, squat all day long pulling apart electronic devices. While the Amazing Race show down played the hazards of working in this type of environment it was easy to see the immediate dangers. Workers hands are constantly being cut and scraped by sharp edges and thin sheet metal. I regularly have my hands inside of a computer case and can atest to the razor blade sharpness of thin sheet metal usually found, but not limited to, cheaply made cases. With out these desperate workings tearing apart all of our e-waste most of the worlds e-waste would go un-recycled. A better means of e-recycling must be found. Nokia is attempting to mitigate the waste its products produce via their Take Back program but its only a step in the right direction and not a solution. read more...

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Chapter 12 Globlalization, Innovation, and 21sst Century Organizational Trends

by Yerania O
HHS Delegates Authority for the HIPAA Security Rule to Office for Civil Rights”

 This article is about the HIPPA, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and how it will need to be more productive in keeping patient’s personal information confidential. The rule was sent to the OCR, Office for Civil Rights to be discussed upon. Because the OCR enforces HIPPA, the new electronic medical record system must maintain the security for private information. This article also mentions how both, security and privacy, go together when it comes to protecting patient information and complying with HIPPA at the same time. read more...

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Ch 12: Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trends

by Erik E
Innovation deals with the application of new methods, technologies, and equipment. The result of innovation is often an invention. Time decided the 50 best inventions of 2009. The invention the topped the list was Nasa’s Ares Rocket. It makes us able to travel farther than ever thought possible in space becasue of its light design. The third best thing invented was by Philips, it is a lightbulb that could save enoug power in the United States to power an additional 15 million homes. It used ten watts instead of the usually sixty, and last five time longer as well. It could alos help reduce power usage fees for offices and businesses.  The AIDS vaccine also is close to the top of the list at eightth. It is not completely successful, but thiry one percent more successful than any methods used before.  Another item high on the list in a knee for people missing limbs, or that are needing a replacement. This knee  is only twenty dollars, instead of old titanium ones that could run for around ten thousand dollars. It is lower quality for the money, but for low income users it is stable and strong enough for most people. Hopefully this will eliminate the amount of people with walkers, canes and wheelchairs and get people back on their feet. Another interesting device was a smart bullet. it is capable of being programmed so that it can explode without having to hit anything. Bullets currently do not do anything unless they hit their traget dead on. read more...

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Ch. 12 Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trends

by Hazael A
In Steve Mollman’s  article, “Solar gadgets for when you’re on the go,” Mollman discusses the different types of portable solar devices that utilize the sun’s power to generate energy for the tiny devices.  One such device acts as charger able to use on the go, called the Kinesis K3 from Kinesis Industries in Arizona.  The K3 has a mini wind turbine when attached to a bike can capture wind energy while on your way to your destination and once arrived can collect solar energy from the sun.  The charger can then be used to charge a variety of devices from a cell phone or iPod(Mollman, 2009). read more...

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Chapter 12: “Solar Gadgets for when your on the Go”

by Jorge R
The article related to many new “green” products that are becoming available. Most of these products are chargers for small devices. These products use solar power to charge small electronics. The company Better Energy Systems developed a stand alone charger five years ago. This charger was used out in the wild to charge electronics. It was designed for people who, for example, liked to be outdoors and wanted a way to charge an Mp3 player. They would strap the charger outside of their backpack and it would be connected to their Mp3 player. They could then listen to it later on. Newer models of chargers also have integrated wind turbine. This was designed more for cyclist. For example, someone could ride their bike to the park and their electronic would then be getting charged. Once at the park, the solar panel would take over and the device would continue to charge. This helps on trips that lasts hours and someone wants to be using their electronic device the whole time. read more...

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