IS in Business Archive

The Groupon Revolution

by Lyle Q
Groupon is an organization that does coupons right! Each day a local daily deal is offered to cities throughout the U.S. For example, Fresno’s August 6th’s daily deal was for Maxx’s Bistro. Ten dollars gets you Twenty dollars worth of anything on their Dinner Menu. This past weekend was a 3 day deal (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.)  $20 gets you a one hour trail ride at Wonder Valley Ranch, a $40 value. Each day a new local company is featured with pretty dynamic discounts. read more...

“Chapter 1. IS in Business”

by Breanna W
The New New CIO Role: Big Changes Ahead

   The New New CIO Role: Big Changes Ahead is an article about the up and coming changes for the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) as well as the difficulties that arise from being a CIO. Changes are being made that make it impossible for CIO’s to stay in the background and only take part in IT programs. If CIO’s do not start partaking in strategic planning and customer service areas they will be fired. “The CIO extreme makeover necessitated right now isn’t a mere cosmetic rehab, however. It will demand a mighty effort from those IT leaders whose comfort zone involves four walls, lots of servers and voluminous air-conditioning” (Wailgum, 2010). According to this article the new role as CIO is unlike anything ever seen. read more...

Chapter 1. IS in Business

by Amber V
What is next for iTunes?

            According to Bloomberg news, the next big step for iTunes may be allowing iTunes users to rent TV shows using iTunes for 99 cents. The rumor is that Apple will announce this new feature of iTunes in a press conference in which they will state what companies they have signed a deal with and more details about the rentals. Bloomberg news stated that it is their belief that the TV shows will be available to the renter for 48 hours. Apple has not yet confirmed whether or not this is their next big project, but one can only hope. The article also states that this is not a new technology, that apple already offers this to their customers, but at the higher rate of $1.99, and the shows are not readily available after having been aired on television, nor is the option available to rent single episodes at a time. read more...

Chapter 1. IS in Business

by Part Y
Is Apple working on a ‘desktop iPad?’

According to this article, it states that Apple is currently working on a new touchscreen laptop that looks like the iPad. The article claims that they have seen a blueprint of the actual product but are not sure if Apple well be releasing this product anytime soon. The blog, Patenly Apple, verified that the picture of the touchscreen desktop is from Apple, a patent from Europe.  The image was released back in January with the name “iMac Touch.”   However, the company has not made any comment regarding this new laptop, so it’s still a secret whether the touchscreen desktop is real and whether it will be produce and market to the public in the near future. read more...

Chapter 1. IS in Business- Google is more than just a “Search Engine”…

by Clifton
Clifton Wahlberg

Having worked for several different businesses over the past five years, I have seen the wide array of different IT frameworks that companies use to track merchandise, communicate with employees, or improve employee collaboration. Choosing an IT system that is right for your business can be a very difficult decision, especially if you manage a small business with little capital to waste on the wrong one. However, our favorite Internet company has come to the rescue with their streamlined, secure, and surprisingly useful collection of online programs called Google Apps. read more...

Chapter 1 corelation with the article “Why there are no Mac Viruses”

by Jose R
Why are there no Mac Viruses

In this article Philip Elmer-Dewitt discusses the reason for the lack of Mac OS X viruses. He argues that there aren’t any viruses capable of infecting the Mac OS X system. He defined a virus as a program that infects a computer and has the ability to spread to other computers. He argued that spyware and Trojan horses, and spam are not considered viruses. He state that many people argue that the reason Mac OS X has a lack a virus is the lack of consumers. He argue that the real reason lack of viruses is hackers’ lack of interest, due to low consumer base, to some extent, the UNIX base file system and kernel is more difficult to infect, and viruses are going out of style. read more...

Chapter 1 Information Systems in Business

by Katie M

Is twittering a new marketing tool? In the business world new technologies are becoming more and more common. But what are the risks and what are the rewards for using these new markets. The article “Can the Twitterati help sell your soda pop?” posted on Cnet looks into that question. The article states that an event was recently held for the Mountain Dew soda brand and it was held with twitter as the main marketing method. Mountain Dew is just one company who is using a social networking site to advertise. Advertising through twitter is a way that companies can use real life testimonies to sell their products. The risk of marketing this way is that twitter allows any one to post, giving companies who use this method less control over negative publicity. Twitter also allows for offers to be made, and allows information to spread to masses quickly. Like most Information technology the tools to measure successful marketing from this sight can not be quantified in numbers. This lack of measurable success leaves marketers to question if twitter and other social networking sites are worth the effort. This relates to the chapter by showing how information technology is used in the Business world. This article is also relevant to me personally because I use sites such as Facebook and am exposed to these ads. It is common to go on sights such as facebook straight from your phone. If one person posts about Mountain Dew a whole conversation can start. Also a company adding a plug for their product through an event invitation or group support page can be started. One of these pages can be passed around by our friends and make you think an item has a social factor to a product, or negative. Any publicity can be good publicity.

Chapter 1: IS in Business

by Eric G

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chapter 1. IS in Business

I’m sure its happened to us all, being on the last paragraph of a report working off of your laptop with no charger to supply the power it needs for you to finish or on that important phone call on your cell phone hoping it doesn’t shut down. Well, there may be a solution coming shortly. CNN.COM technology is reporting that electronics and laptops may not need their power cords dragged with them any longer. An innovative way of powering up light bulbs from wireless electricity designed by Wi Tricity. Now speculators are envisioning having the same sort of wireless electricity which converts power into a magnetic field and transports it through the air at a particular frequency. This new way of technology would benefit everyone including that amount of energy we would be conserving and the money we’d be saving with this alternative way. This technological advancement correlates to how essential Information technology is in the business sector. By reducing costs, improving productivity and generating growth , which are key aspects in the success of a business. Sutter, D. John (2009). A Cordless future for electricity?.

CNN.COM/technology

Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/09/02/wireless.electricity/index.html

Chapter 1 Information Systems in Business

by Frank S
Netflix is a leader in innovation and dominate in its industry. This is no coincidence. Netflix has been able to revolutionize the movie rental industry. With the internet Netflix can reach the masses without physical rental stores located throughout select regions. Movies are sent and received by mail and/or online. read more...

Chapter01. IS In Business

by Jung S.B.

Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. eBay Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Skype communications unit in a deal valuing the business at $2.75 billion. The buyer, who will control an approximately 65 percent stake, is an investor group led by Silver Lake and includes Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board. eBay is expected to receive approximately $1.9 billion in cash upon the completion of the sale and a note from the buyer in the principal amount of $125 million. The company will retain an approximately 35 percent equity investment in Skype. The transaction, which is not subject to a financing condition, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2009. I am also skype user. In korea~I can call anywhere for about 4 dollar. between foreign country will pay more than 15 dollar for free calling for a month. So I usually connect with my mom through the skype. As where connect the internet sometimes cannot work very well. But considering for free, It is the best software for who needs international calling.

Skype Goes Mobile- http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2007/tc20071017_423595_page_2.htm