MIS 535 Managerial Applications of information Technology
Week 1 DQ 1
MIS in Your Pocket (graded)
Can you run your company out of your pocket? Discuss how smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices can be used in running a business. Consider all types of devices such as Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone 7.
Week 1 DQ 2
Collaborative Culture in Business (graded)
What is a collaborative culture in a business, and how can technology promote and support this culture?
Week 2 DQ 1
Strategic IT (graded)
It has been stated that IT provides a competitive edge to organizations. Can you think of a company that uses IT strategically? Perform some research on such a company and discuss its case in this thread. Make sure to use this week’s material in your analysis e.g. use Porter value chain or other strategic frameworks.
Week 2 DQ 2
Twitter Searches for a Business Model (graded)
Read the case study, Twitter Searches for a Business Model, and let’s see if we can draw some conclusions.
Week 3 DQ 1
Users and Database Design (graded)
To what extent should end users be involved in the design of a database? How have our ideas of agile development environments affected this traditionally non-user input environment?
Week 3 DQ 2
Databases in the World of Internet Search (graded)
What types of databases are used by companies like Google in implementing worldwide search engines?
Week 4 DQ 1
Internet and the Web? (graded)
The Internet and the Web are not the same thing. What is the difference between the Internet and the Web? Let’s discuss what the Internet is and how many kinds of traffic, including Web traffic, can run on the Internet. What are the key technologies the Internet is based on?
Week 4 DQ 2
Internet Tools (graded)
Discuss the advantages of some of the current technologies described in our reading this week including VoIP, Unified Communications, Virtual Private Networks, Wi-Fi and wireless technologies like RFID and Wireless Sensor Networks. Are there risks associated with any of these tools?
Week 5 DQ 1
Cloud Services Go Mainstream (graded)
Read the Case Study, “Salesforce.com: Cloud Services Go Mainstream,” in Chapter 5 of the Laudon text. What are the benefits of a cloud deployment for Salesforce.com? How will Cloud Computing change the traditional IT infrastructure?
Week 5 DQ 2
Business Value of Enterprise Systems (graded)
Define an enterprise system and explain how enterprise software works. Select one type of Enterprise system and describe how it helps businesses achieve operational excellence.
Week 6 DQ 1
Agile Methodologies (graded)
Discuss how the emergence of agile methodologies has changed the IT system building model.
Week 6 DQ 2
Role of Senior Management (graded)
What role does senior management play in the establishment of effective information system planning in a corporation?
Week 7 DQ 1
How Phishing Attacks Have Compromised Major Systems (graded)
Major corporations, governments, and other organizations are hacked each week, mostly by means of phishing attacks. Describe how users and IT organizations should arm themselves against these attacks.
Week 7 DQ 2
Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and other Social Media (graded)
What are the social and security issues for individuals and organizations relative to personal and business use of social media?