Systems Development and Project Management Archive

Chapter 11: IS in Business

by Eric G

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chapter 11: IS in Business

Craig Gentry, a young man doing an internship for IBM was sitting in a cafe one day and discovered something he had pondered on for quite some time, a breakthrough in encryption. This breakthrough would totally change the way security via the web is handled. Consumers private information would be protected in unprecedented ways. This would definitely increase sales and businesses that deal in e-business will begin to see substantial gains in revenues thanks to this new cryptology. It hasn’t been implemented yet, but will be looked at very closely in the months to come. The system developement life cycle of this new breakthrough is going to be very intersting with its complex applications to the vast amounts of affecs it will impose on the way business is done over the internet.

Baker, Stephen (2009) IBM’s Encryption Breakthrough for the Web, Business Week.

Ch. 11 Systems Development and Project Management

by Jeffrey M
Windows 7 is Microsoft’s new operating system that was launched in early October.  Microsoft’s last system , Windows Vista, became known as a bust with many glitches and problems with the software.  Software developers for Microsoft has responded to these complaints and shortcomings with Windows 7.  Shortly after the launch of Windows 7, complaints started rolling in from the users. About 31% of users found it difficult to upgrade to Windows 7.  Many of the problems came with installation and loading the applications.  About 9% of the users would sit throuogh an hour of laoding the program, only to have it freeze upon 62% completion.  There were even some complaints about how the program severly slows down the speed of the computer and the dvd function would stop working. read more...

Chapter 11: Systems Development and Project Management

by Erendida M
Outsourcing in Costa Rica has become a great asset to business. When comparing call centers from the Middle East and Asia to one in Central America such as Costa Rica you can notice that the language and accent barrier is not as bad when the primary language is Spanish.  Another asset is the time zones; taking these things into consideration it is almost a no brainer to decide where your call centers should be located.  In the government aspect the US can take advantage of the international tax laws granted to international companies that invest in Costa Rica and its local economy.  The savings will make this a very wise decision.  Call center software is as important to an outsourced campaign as telemarketing training since they must both try to out perform any other option you might have. read more...

How to build a (strong) virtual team

by Phillip H
How to build a (strong) virtual team


            This article written by Anne Fisher is about IBM’s experience building a virtual team.  They have found that 90% of workers in the U.S. work somewhere away from their company’s headquarters and 84% work in locations other than where their bosses work.  We are becoming an increasingly virtual society.  In fact, there was an 800% increase in the number of virtual workers from 2003 to 2008. read more...

Chapter 12 Project Management and Outsourcing

by ebeneke
“Offshoring” is an article I found on the web site.  It differentiates outsourcing with offshore outsourcing and offshoring.  Outsourcing is when a company decides to shift or hand one of its functions to another company.  Offshore outsourcing is when this is done with another company overseas.  Many claim this is harmful to the country because jobs are being shifted elsewhere.  In the U.S. it started with manufacturing and labor intensive jobs.  It then moved to service jobs like customer support.  India is a main destination for these call centers.  Offshoring though, is when a company transfers one of its functions to another one of its extensions in another country.  Economists argue, according to the article, this is a win-win situation.  The country that sends their jobs benefits from lower costs and the country that receives the jobs benefits from an increase in their job sector.  The panic of the departure of jobs has calmed down as many companies are even starting to bring the jobs backs.  The article talked about the difficulty of a customer trying to explain localised problems to someone in a different time zone and possibly even a different climate.  I think it may not be a win-win situation.  The country that gains the jobs benefits more than the country that looses them.  Even though the country who has outsourced may increase in profitability, in the long run it will end up hurting it.  Less people in the labor force will reduce income and have harmful effects to the economy and may even experience a contraction. read more...

Chapter 11 IS in business

by Angela B
More energy saving methods are soon to hit the US from China. Novermber 16th in beijing, the company anounced its first american manufacturing plant. The facility is to located in phoenix area and will begin production by next October. Suntech will now become the first major Chinese cleantech player to bring factory jobs to the U.S. This agreement between the Chinese and the Americans is extremely important and could lead to greater things in the future.  At first the US was skeptical about having the chinese bring in thier sola panels in, worried about foreing domination witht the US cleantech space.  Suntechs first US facility will be modest, it will have capapcity of 3o megawatts of solar panels per year, enough to outfit around 7,500 homes. There will still be the flexability to boost output to 200 mrgawatts in time. US sales peaked at 494 megawatts in 2008, the us solar panels are expected to climb to more than 1000 in 2010. read more...

Chapter 11. Developing Information Systems

by Jung S.B.
Some of the world’s top retailers, including UK’s Tesco and American speciality retailer Home Depot, have been outsourcing projects to Indian third party service providers, including TCS and Infosys, apart from their own captive centers to support their existing IT systems and also develop newer applications. For example, Tesco saves over $60 million every year by outsourcing its IT projects to India.
So far, Wal-Mart which has been depending on its large in-house IT team is now seeking to globalize its IT operations. Especially India is now actively planning to grow its business from emerging markets. With almost $400 billion in annual revenues, the retailer also continues to look at establishing a captive technology center in India.
Wal-Mart already has a sourcing operation in the country. It’s natural for the retailer to explore various ways of leveraging its Indian presence. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart’s outsourcing of IT and back office projects is not expected to impact local US jobs, as the retailer is very sensitive about rising unemployment in the country. In fact, Wal-Mart said earlier this month that it will add around 22,000 new jobs in the US by adding over 150 new stores to its existing network of around 7,900 retail outlets. read more...

Chapter 11. Systems Development and Project Management

by Stephanie H
Chapter 11. Systems Development and Project Management


“Can Outsourcing Save Sony?”


Sony, a Japanese company, makes technological equipment such as TV’s, computers chips, game consoles, cameras and more. Sony has always been very secretive about their TV design and manufacturing. All manufacturing is done in-house to protect the elements of the design. By manufacturing in-house they are increasing cost. This practice is known as vertical integration and it created more cost because more management is required. Other technological equipment makers such as Apple and Cisco, develop the design for their products and then have other companies manufacture them to save money. TV’s account for 10% of Sony’s overall sales but has not made a profit in the recent years due to economic troubles. Sony expects a 2.9 billion operating loss on TVs at the end of this fiscal year. read more...

Chapter 11 Systems Development and Project Management

by Yerania O
“ Ltd. Announces New Version of Its Award Winning Agile Messenger for Apple’s iPhone, Just $1.99 Until Nov 30, in iTunes”

 This article is about a software company that is based in Thailand and has its main focus on developing software for mobile phones including the iphone. What is recently made available for all iphone users to access and download is an application of the Agile Messenger. It is promoting its downloading by offering it for a limited time only for $1.99 instead of the regular cost $9.99. What Agile Messenger provides is a more advanced technology that is only expanding the usage of such mobile phones as the iphone. What it includes is sending pictures to family and friends and also talking on the phone while using the phone’s camera to see where you are going. The company that is offering this new trend is also based in Vietnam where outsourced software is developed and offered to other organizations. read more...

Chapter 11 System Development

by Philip K
Chapter 11 System Development

This article was a product comparison between two iPhone apps, the Navigon and the TomTom.  Both are turn-by-turn navigators designed to utilize the iPhone GPS and are made to compete with actual GPS navigators.

Both products have similar features, including, walking mode, and the ability to save favorites.  Each product costs $99.  The differentiation is with the Navigon because it offers an update that converts text to speech.  Navigon also offers a live traffic feature that the TomTom has yet to offer.  In conclusion of the critique, the Navigon beats the TomTom due to its features, look, and ease to use. read more...