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The recent article on the stock market news Web site Seeking Alpha, “The Wireless Application Marketplace: Apple, Google, Microsoft and RIMM” by Option Dragon, offers a look at the emergence of wireless application marketplaces.

 

With the huge success of Apple’s iPhone App Store, other industry leaders are rushing to get a share of the market. Google, T-Mobile, Microsoft and RIMM (Blackberry) are debuting their own versions of application marketplaces. The significance of these new marketplaces is that they support the notion of open software development for cell phones. (more…)

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Thesis

 

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of corporate executives realizing the value of well-managed internal communications with employees.

 

How have modern economic changes affected the importance of employer-employee relations? How is new media facilitating open lines of workplace communication? 

 

Statement of Intent

 

I intend to examine the issue with a threefold approach: I will reveal a brief history of corporate internal communications, define the reasons for its present day importance, and identify how electronic media is aiding the internal communications process.

 

In today’s age of information workers – and workplaces that have only human staff members as assets – it is increasingly important to have internal communications plans that keep employees and employers linked.

 

Companies are not just making products anymore – and when they are, the human role is often in the communications field of sales. For these reasons, it is important for businesses to keep staff members happy, informed and productive. (more…)

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The Harvard Business Review article “Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave” by Joseph L. Bower and Clayton M. Christensen is one of the most useful articles I’ve read pertaining to the rise of successful new technologies. Despite being written in 1995, the material is just as relevant today as it was 14 years ago.

 

Several take-aways can be gained from the article. One key learning is the overall importance of technology executives knowing how their market operates. The most successful response to new technology is not an inherent one. While it is safe to stay close to a company’s tried and true products, this is where corporate downfall often happens. Rather than keeping an eye out for emerging trends and technologies, companies often listen to their customers who simply like what they already have. From this, companies believe that customers don’t want new technologies. However, when a new technology is introduced that more efficiently meets market demand, customers will follow. (more…)

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“The Victorian Internet” by Tom Standage, business editor at the Economist, offers a concise history of the rise and fall of the telegraph. The well-written history takes into account the parallels that can be drawn between the telegraph and the Internet, as well as the adoption cycle of new technology. Standage intertwines factual statistics with humorous biographical information about the telegraph’s inventors and users. The book offers a fun and informative read. (more…)

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Following are questions relating to Part I of “Seeing What’s Next: using the theories of innovation to predict industry change” by Clayton M. Christensen:

 

 

  1. Christensen notes that “One bedrock finding from our research is that companies innovate faster than customers’ lives change” (p. 12) and this leads to overshooting and products that are too good.  If this is the case, then why aren’t U.S. innovations keeping up with the technologies of countries like Korea and Japan (Internet and mobile)? It seems as though U.S. customers’ lives are ready for more innovation. (more…)

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Prepared for Adobe Systems Incorporated, the white paper “Understanding the Mobile Ecosystem” is an excellent foray into understanding the mobile industry. The well written paper provides a straight-forward view of the state of the ecosystem. It is a good resource providing background information as well as a look at future development.

 

I found it interesting to consider the varying levels of control exerted by mobile operators compared to the desktop environment. The paper states: “This operator control, which is substantially stronger in the U.S. than in many other regions, has no real analogy in the modern web, where anyone can publish content without negotiating with an ISP” (p. 8). This is an interesting contrast to the commonly studied, newsworthy threats that traditional publishing conglomerates are facing due to today’s multitude of self-publishers.

 

Several questions came to mind while reading the white paper: (more…)

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Preliminary Idea

As a preliminary project idea, I would like to explore the development of printing in the digital age. What will the impact of future printing technologies be?

As a form of communication rooted in the past, new technologies are taking printing to new levels. Articles such as “Jumping off the page” in Engineering & Technology suggest new applications for 3D printing at home and printing via digital conduit that will cause upheaval to the industry norms.

Source:

Wiegler, L. (2008, January 26). Jumping off the page [3D printing technology]. Engineering & Technology, 3:1, 24-26. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.com.

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