The Dangers of Cloud Computing When Paired with Social Media

by Vincent S
With all that we have been learning in class and with the latest advances in technology, it is hard to see a downside to cloud computing.  It benefits both the cloud service provider as well as the customer as it protects copyrighted material but still allows for affordable licensing.  Not to mention the way it can change education as students could potentially have access to programs saved on a server rather then having to purchase everything in order to complete homework.  However, a recent peer reviewed article featured on JSTOR looked into at least one situation in which cloud computing can create conflicts.  In the case of social networking sites, having a centralized location to store files and photos along with other personal information has created privacy nightmares.  As we are CIS students, I am sure that everyone in our class is aware that uploaded info and files on social media sites such as facebook, flickr, photobucket, and youtube are stored in central location and of course not on your home computer.  However, how many facebook users outside of a technology major really take the time to realize the implications of having a cloud computing service as part of a public forum.  Recent studies and news articles across the country reveal that issues of privacy come about all the time.  This being the case, why do we engage in such risky behavior when conducting business with social media? read more...

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Social Networking IQ

by James C

There are systems in the business world that allow for the creation, storage, retrieval, transfer, and application of knowledge. These systems are known as knowledge management systems. Knowledge management systems also allow for workers to communicate and collaborate with one another. Conventionally knowledge management systems have documented clear and obvious knowledge. Yet businesses are realizing that in order to remain relevant in the world today, their knowledge management systems need to incorporate features commonly found in social networking sites. These added features will assist in the apprehension of individual, tacit, and social knowledge. The hope is that these added features and tools will also encourage a higher number of interactions between employees which can possibly equate to better and improved communication and collaboration . Four different companied implemented social networking tools and features into their knowledge management infrastructure. Data shows that despite the differences among all four companies there were common concerns. Protection of the company’s and employees privacy was at the top of the list followed by the easiness of finding information. Another concerns was making sure that the leader of implementing such change see it to the end in order to keep employees’ motivation to do so as well. Benefits were also cited by the four companies. Such a project not only promoted a sense of community but also allowed for the documentation of tacit knowledge and allowed for continued leadership. read more...

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