Chapter 3 Ebusiness {Comments Off on Chapter 3 Ebusiness}

You Tube is at it again! You Tube, everyone’s favorite video site just got better for consumers. You Tube has been in talks with movie studios to introduce movie rentals from the already popular video viewing site. In the past you could only watch some selected full videos and endless amounts of clips, but what happens when those clips aren’t there anymore due to popularity? That’s where I think rentals come into place and will be a great addition to You Tube’s already successful video viewing website. Say you’re using the same clip for a presentation and one day it’s gone! That would ruin your presentation, but with rentals that could solve your problem easily knowing one could always keep it as a rental. Technology and Ebusiness isn’t it great! The rate looks to be around $3.99 per movie, but could change since I viewed this article on 8/3/09 and there was no price available. Today being 8/4/09 a price was added and if that’s the price I believe many You Tube fans will love endless rentals for $3.99 per movie. Just like Netflix, Amazon.com, and iTunes You Tube will become a part of the business-to-consumer or B2C Ebusiness. With Ebusiness comes the ability to have a competitive advantage with the continuing growing Ebusiness entering the market every day. You Tube has already performed its competitive advantage of providing free video clips that everyone from children to teacher’s use in their everyday lives. For example in IS 130 we see many educational clips helping our class grasp the concept we are learning; coming from You Tube. Children also use it to learn, watching video clips of Sesame Street and many other educational videos. You Tube has also shown the way sustaining technology is performed in Ebusiness with improving their already popular site with rentals. What will You Tube think of next? The list could be endless. Great move YouTube!
No Author (2009). YouTube in talks with major movie studios. Retrieved September 3, 2009, from CNN Technology Web:http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/02/technology/you_tube_movies.reut/index.htm?postversion=2009090218#TOP

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Picture this; you’re relaxing on a nice afternoon as you hear your phone ring. You pick it up, say hello and there’s no response. Your first thought is maybe something’s wrong with my phone while you repeat hello, hello, and hello! You realize it’s not your phone after you hear, “If you would like to get the best deal on your phone service, cable, internet, and etc.” That could be the most annoying thing ever and thanks to Robotics it has been a popular method in many businesses trying to push a new product or promotion. Don’t worry these annoying call that ruin your relaxing afternoon will soon be over. The band of robocalls has taken place in August of 2008, but the last of the Amendments will take place on Tuesday September 1st, 2009. One of the last Amendment that stands out the most is a $16,000 fine from the Federal Trade Commission. You might ask how will they know if people are still receiving these annoying robocalls? The Federal Trade Commission has set up a report 1-800 number for those still receiving calls and also a website. You are strongly encouraged to report the robocalls to either the website located at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ or 1-877-FTC-HELP so the Federal Trade Commission can fine the given numbers. The CNN article states, “Calls from politicians, public services announcements and “informational” calls will be exempt from the new rule. A call alerting a traveler that his or her flight has been delayed would still be allowed, for example.” This related to our technology of Robotics, how we benefit from many intelligent systems such as Laser scanners robots cleaning airline floors, hospitals floors, and military use to deactivate bombs which save human lives. Those are just a few ways Robotics can be a great essential to us as humans, but in the case of robocalls I believe it is crossing the line. I know I will be calling the 1-800 number to complain if I get these banned calls.
Mills, E. (2009). Ban on robocalls effect on Tuesday. Retrieved August 28, 2009, from CNN Technology Web:http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/28/robocall.ban/index.html

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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

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CIO Perspective: Taking Action in Uncertain Times, Beyond keeping the lights on, by Peter Blatman, Principal, Technology Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Tuesday, August 25, 2009, is a helpful article because it talks about how Information Technology can help in cutting cost. A company should not just cut off a certain portion of a particular department which is needed. Reduction in certain areas such as labor could come back to hurt the company many times over in other areas. Certain decisions must be made with certain accuracy. IT can help control costs elsewhere in ways other departments can’t. Managing cost is very important however it is very important to promote competence while maintaining future potential, it’s more important than ever to align your IT priorities with the company’s core value offering. The investment in improving quality pays off in stronger customer relationships and higher revenues. There’s no space for inefficiencies in a downturn economy.

Delivery of a firm to provide consistent and fast delivery allows it to charge premium price for its products or service. If you’re business is known for its good customer relations, then its data mining and business intelligence operations need to remain strong (http://www.deloitte.com/view).

Flexibility is the ability of a company to offer a wide variety of products to its customers. A company that has products or services that are ready to be sent to the market must be careful not to trim so close the bone. Some services can be reduced some services cannot because doing so would hurt your business. In earlier chapters in Baltzan & Phillips,Business Driven,Information Systems,2009, p 7, Information Technology(IT)is defined as the key to helping a business make helpful decisions with all the expotential information which it is given.

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Have you ever received a call from an annoying robocall or telemarketing recordings? I have many times, even though I am on the do not call list, I still get these annoying phone calls. Whenever I answer and realize it is a recording I hang the phone up, it is just rude and inconsiderate of businesses to do this type of marketing. Finally something is being done to undo the rights of businesses to send you these annoying calls. This topic relates to Chapter 2 because the robocalls use an artificial intelligence to make phone calls to people’s homes.

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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.

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Chapter 3 – E-business {Comments Off on Chapter 3 – E-business}

The postal service is looking for new ways to make address change and mail more accessible. Perhaps the postal service can provide services through e-commerce, but looking back at the risks the company took to expand business, it did cost postal service to loss profit. Once again, it is necessary to try e-commerce. The vice presidents are debating if this is a good idea to begin with since everyone is using the Internet to do many things, such as, paying bills and exchanging resources. The leader of U.S. Postal Service, Deputy Postmaster General John Nolan promoted the idea that it is about time the business tries something new. He mentioned that they already have documents in hard copies, why shouldn’t they start making things available online for their customers.

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Building trust in business can be difficult because everyone cannot just let go of their worries and trust someone to stick to their promise. Netflix is a demonstration of building trust. They trust their customers and employees to be loyal. The customers can keep the movie for as long as their want and employees have the freedom to take vacations when they need it. Netflix totally rely on building trust, this way they can have loyal customers and employees.

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Chapter 1 – IS in Business {Comments Off on Chapter 1 – IS in Business}

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.

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