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Anyone have any good ideas about a company to review?
What kind of company we can find the IT information, through public sources?
Each group should try to find an appropriately sized company, partnership or non-profit (church, political group, etc.) that someone in the group has some connection with… This may be your lawyer, your own company, a machine shop or garage you use for your car, your town library, etc. Good examples in the past were a machine shop, a small law practice, a church, a restaurant (that does its own payroll, inventory, etc.)
I am having a lot of problems finding this too for a local small company. I don’t know many people who work in the IT side of small companies, however, I know people who work in very large ones. Perhaps suggestions?
You don't need to know someone in IT, but you would want someone to show you around. Often people ask as customers — I went to the shop to pick up some fittings, and asked if they would mind if a small group of MBA students did a review of the IT infrastructure and practices for their class. Many small companies welcome it…
What about online companies that don't have a central location, for example just have people working from home to run the company?
Not sure — an online company I would expect would still have a server operations center. Do you have a specific example?
yea, the online company was a bad idea!! I do have a company in mind and have talked to the IT department. Their only concern was confidentiality and compromising their company information. Would it be possible to present the company under an alias to ensure they remain anonymous?
Awesome presentation and very thought provoking! One of the points I particularly found fascinating was:
"There are 31 Billion searches on Google every month…In 2006, this number was 2.7 Bilion"
It reminded somewhat me of an article I read recently "Is Google Making Us Stupid" written by N. Carr (who also authored the controversial "IT Doesn't Matter" that we read a few weeks ago).
I've brought this up in other classes with you guys - Google stranglehold on everything "cool" with the internet worries me. I'm not doubting how mindblowingly great their stuff is - it just seems the anti-Google movement is inevitable. I have no basis for this theory, I'm just a skeptic at heart :-)
But this is a great video - very very interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I'm also interested how this was sent (it wasn't a .wmv file but some sort of link or something?!).
The Nicolas Carr article is interesting, and long — I found I only had time to skim it (just kidding - I think that was his point :)
Perhaps that is the problem - as so much data becomes available, we can only spend a few moments to take in what we think are the essential points - often missing the nuances (or even the hidden sarcastic message) in the larger work.
I also thought it was excellent!! I shared it with several people. I loved it, although it's a bit depressing as well. One of the things it seems to say is that what we are learning today will only be useful temporarily; it'll only be useful for what we are doing right now. It's like we better keep it up, or we'll be left behind… The positive spin is that we should continue learning new things everyday…
The article that Tim shared was quite interesting. At work, for example, there's just too much paper (memos, regs, letters) and too many e-mails to read. Sometimes I just have time to get the overall idea, otherwise I wouldn't have the time to engage in all necessary projects and activities. And then, it seems that everyday there's even more to read and to keep up with. Also, I find it hard to read too much from the computer, but then you can't print everything, too many trees…
The video definitely summarized very well what the cutting edge technology is.
We are working on developing a assay for a disease which is not important or not well known just few years ago. We are developing technology, which just few years ago, few people will even dreamed about. I did DNA sequence using chemical methods, then enzyme based method in early 90s. We can publish a paper from a single gene sequence in 1990s, a gene sequence is less than 1000 bps. Today, the 454 systems can sequence a whole human genome in less than 1 week, all thing considered, the sequencing process may take no more than a day or two. The human genome is about 9 billions bp.
Many thing we lean from graduate school are no longer true or just a simplified version, a more detail picture has emerged. I always have the feeling of running along a speeding train, can barely keep pace with the new development even I keep up the reading and new development. There simply too much and too fast the new technologies are developed and new findings are made.