Chapter 1. IS in Businesss

by Kong H
It is not surprising to say that technology has come a long way since it first emerged less than half a century ago. From the first calculators to computers and now the oh-so convenient laptops and even cellular devices, the technological advances just get better. In America nearly everyone carries with them a cell phone. It has become part of their life, and crucial to their everyday activities and communication. However in some parts of the world, especially in third world countries the like of technology is just unheard of while in other countries the progression to become more technological advance is just beginning. Bill Gates has a solution to help one of the world’s most populated country’s health care programs and labor force through the use of technology. With technological advances, the health care programs can gain easier access to vaccines and its distribution. Above all, technology can most be helpful to the labor force and farmers. In addition, the articles states that cellular technology has been able to bring forth more jobs for people. The advancement in technology would help the markets and industry grow, make finding a job easier and finding those individuals who qualify for those jobs a benefit for the business.
I would have to agree that technology today has changed the world. You can’t go anywhere without finding someone without a cell phone. Emails and computers are the essentials to become more effective in the business realm. Gathering and reaching your contacts without an email and a cell phone can cause a slowdown in business; you won’t be able to reach the ones you need to talk in minutes about business if you didn’t have those things. Another thing that has made business more operative is information and data storage. But without technology storing vital information about business transactions would be much harder. read more...

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Chapter 1 Information Systems in Business

by Jacob G
Technology of a green future is the perfect way to describe a new product from Sony and only offered by AT&T. With the Sony Reader Daily Edition one can browse wirelessly with a 3G connection speed, but that’s not all! The Sony Reader Daily Edition also has a Library Finder that creates local libraries e-books at your finger tip for FREE! With a device being so small one would assume only a few e-books to view at a time. Wrong, the Sony Reader Daily Edition offers an internal memory that holds up to 1,000 e-books and offers expansion slots for even more storage for your viewing pleasure. How could you not be a fan, well as stated in the first line the Sony Reader Daily Edition is only offered by AT&T. This brings me to the topic of Switching Costs. Switching Cost is defined as costs that can make customers reluctant to switch to another product or service. In this case many individuals will be more willing to switch from their current wireless service to AT&T just like many did with the new IPhone. With switching from one service to another comes contract breaching and the payment of penalties, Individuals in this case would be the non-fans of this new technology. Is a $150 to get out a contract and the $400 for the new Sony Reader Daily Edition really worth it? I think so and I know many of those non-fans of AT&T being the only wireless service with such technology agree with me on how this technology can change the way we look at switching cost in the wireless industry. 1,000 e-books at your fingertips over $550 I think many will begin looking into AT&T and forget about the expenses involved with switching cost.
Ganapati, P. (2009). New Sony Reader adds touchscreen, wireless downloads. Retrieved August 25, 2009, from CNN TechnologyWeb:http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/25/sony.wireless.ereader/index.html read more...

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Chapter 1: Information Systems in Business

by Skyler T
In this weeks article I read about how internet websites affect how business will be operating. Two thirds of all the businesses involved in this article said their business either had a website or was planning to make one in the next year. I found this to be very interesting seeing as we are in the technology era and everyone seems to have a computer and or internet access these days. read more...

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Chapter 1 – IS in Business

By Gabby T
Albert Gonzalez, age 28, a computer hacker and identity theft, is charged in Miami 2008 for stealing more than 170 million accounts of credit card and debit card numbers. Gonzalez’s case is the largest cases known for identity theft in America. He used to work for the U.S. Secret Service hunt hackers under the government in 2003. Gonzalez did have three cases accusing him of identity theft and only two cases were pleaded guilty. Report shows that even when Gonzalez was in jail, he still found ways to hack into systems and steal about 40 million accounts, which he was accused for using a different identity theft to take out other peoples’ assets. When Gonzalez was working under the government in U.S. Secret Service hunt hackers, he secretly hacked into large and wealthy company, such as, the Fortune 500 companies. He had stolen credit card numbers from T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and OfficeMax. The reason why he is able to do this is by using a laptop and cruising through certain places searching for “retailers’ accessible wireless Internet signals”. Once the wireless signals are available then he uses a program called “sniffer programs” to captured credit cards information and digits. He either use the accounts information or sale it to others to make a profit. Of all the causes that Gonzalez had done, his defense lawyer stated that Gonzalez is “good man and means no harm”, he only has a computer addiction. read more...

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