Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

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This Weather Startup Provides Hyperlocal Data To Customers Like Monsanto

 

“A no-maintenance weather station is important when you install in harsh environments that are exposed to dust, wind, and high temperatures,” said Giovanni Piccinni, Global Field Optimization and Production Sustainability Lead at Monsanto. “Having no moving parts is really key. It guarantees a continuous stream of high-quality data.”

IT is enhancing every industry and business around the world. But It is really impressing when an amazing technology can be environmentally friendly as well. This startup will provide real life accurate weather information that can be used to make decisions about irrigation, harvest times, and seed production.  The company can in the future offer the data it collects to different potential customers, from insurance companies to farms to governments.

I think this is brilliant, and the data collected by the sensors can be utilized in so many ways. Again, IT is IT, and it can be used to improve any product or service.

Were you impressed by this innovation? Can you think of any limitations to the use of the stations? Leave you comments and thoughts below!

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SpaceX – Launches experimental satellites Tintin A and B

Elon Musk wants to give internet to everyone possible, last Thursday, February 22 SpaceX successfully launched two test satellites into Low-Earth orbit in attempts to gather data for its satellite driven internet project. Having the support of the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, SpaceX intends to put 10,000 satellites into low-earth orbit to bring internet services to anyone anywhere at speeds that would rival a standard ground connection. “Billions of people around the globe still lack internet access, so companies have been racing to find a better way to beam internet down from the sky (Wattles).” SpaceX speculates having 40 million subscribers and $30 billion in revenue by 2025. This type of technology was barely a thought years ago and now we are moving closer everyday. What are your thoughts on having internet beamed down from 10,000 satellites in the sky ? Do you think this is a necessity or is it being driven for the greater good of people providing access to anyone and everyone ?

 

Article: http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/22/technology/future/spacex-satellite-launch-february/index.html

The Surprising Secret Of Microsoft’s Financial Success

When you think of “IT” or “profit” what is the first thing that comes to mind ? Definitely not compassion!!

As surprising as it is, compassion is actually Microsoft’s secret to financial success. The company’s CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning “ compassion is a crucial component of business. We are in the business of basically meeting unmet, unarticulated needs of customers, And there’s no way you’re going to be able to get that consistently right if you don’t have that deep sense of empathy, or being able to see what others are seeing.”

In a way that only a genius can think of, Nadella turned compassion into profit. He always entices his team members to be ethical, transparent, and honest. In a world where we think that all big organizations are corrupt, it is refreshing to have a big company like Microsoft have integrity but most importanly attribute their success to havinng integrity and compassion.

Are big corporations honestly ethical or they just project that image to the public? Is compassion that important in making the success of an IT company?

Share you comments below.

Link to Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceweinstein/2018/02/26/the-surprising-secret-of-microsofts-financial-success/#14e90836468c

Role of IT in the Future

In business, the role of IT is becoming more important than ever before. With technology constantly improving at a rapid pace, IT is finding itself having impact in multiple departments within an organization such as marketing, sales, and customer service. The value of IT is being noticed by higher management and “CEOs are leaning on IT to deliver a competitive advantage” (Newman, 2016). The gap between IT and business functions is diminishing and the two are being integrated. I believe organizations are in the process of reshaping its organizational structure to “IT is the Business” where the CIO will be expected to aidi the company make business decisions and be responsible for business outcomes. The article had one interesting point that with IT evolving and having influence on multiple business units, in the future, the demand of IT professionals who are not only tech savvy, but also have strong fundamental knowledge about the business. For example, project management requires knowledge in both, and must have the ability to translate technological concepts into easier terms for someone who is not as technical. But I do believe there’s room for individuals who do not have business understanding such as programmers. What do you think?

Newman, D. (2016, July 28). The Changing Role Of IT In The Future Of Business. Retrieved February 17, 2018, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnewman/2016/07/26/the-changing-role-of-it-in-the-future-of-business/#5ff7693b525d

The way the role of IT is changing

No longer is it the role of IT to bring in the latest and greatest technology in the most cost effective way. IT management and the role of IT has started to become “Strategy-Oriented, Collaborative and more business Aware.” (Morgan, Jacob Inc. Aug 29, 2017) IT used to be a group of tech enthusiasts who kept the servers running in a basement data center, out of sight from the rest of the business. Today the role of IT has expended into every single business unit in the company. The IT management team is involved in almost all company projects and help make integral decisions on what new technologies to bring in and offer support to the business units on how to use existing data. Social Media has now become a business need versus a business want. Many IT departments have dedicated employees just to handle the day-to-day social media needs of each business unit. IT is becoming globally aware. IT employees have to keep an eye on growing trends and technology is constantly changing. Large on premise data centers are slowly being outsources to cloud companies such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Everyone in IT now shares the responsibility of keeping data and IP secure to reduce the threat of being hacked.

https://www.inc.com/jacob-morgan/3-ways-the-role-of-it-is-changing.html

ATM Hacking the New Cyber Attack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/29/technology/business/jackpotting-us-atm-hack/index.html

When we were reviewing the Cirque Du Soleil case, the conclusion was that IT is IT. IT can enhance any industry, and it’s definitely enhancing hacking ATMs by making it easier to steal money like it’s the jockpot. This actually, makes the case for why Cyber Security is so important right now.

Last week alone, six ATM hacking attacks happened in six different cities in the US resulting in a stolen sum of $1 million so far.

A cyber security firm tracked conversations around malware used for jackpotting and also people talking on some forums about new ATM hacking hardware targeting specific machines. The same company spotted a jackpotting guide available for sale on one dark web forum

The same way IT can take a business to the next level and make some aspects of our lives easier, it can be used for criminal activity as well because again IT is IT!

What do you think is the solution to stop these criminal activities? Fight IT with IT? How important is Cyber Security now that we face all this hacking targeted specifically towards financial situations and individuals?

Share your thoughts, questions, and ideas by leaving a comment below.

Legacy IT Systems Moernization

https://www.cio.com/article/3249084/it-strategy/the-keys-to-modernizing-legacy-it-systems.html

Legacy IT is always defined as unnecessary complexity and cost, which hinder productivity, innovation and increase IT budget to maintain them. Modernization becomes the key to success. Modernizing means moving everything to the cloud, and moving application portfolio to software-as-a-service offerings will be the next phase.

Cotti-Osmanski, who works at a company providing contract resource services to the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology industries. She takes a strategic approach to value a modernization project to the company. “She considers dollars when thinking about the ROI of replacing legacy. And she weighs compliance, data integration, and security factors as well as whether a modern replacement will better support innovation”. Considering the hardware underneath it and pushing the major data center to the cloud are also crucial. Replacing legacy systems can be very expensive, the best solution should create the best value for a company.

So what do you think about the key considerations to modernization? Can legacy IT systems be re-used?

Please feel free to comment.

Blockchain in Financial Services Industry

Blockchain technology is a digital, decentralized, and distributed transaction ledger with a growing list of records that is linked and secured by using cryptography. Due to its recent growth in popularity, corporations are starting to understand the technical capabilities for blockchain technology and finding use cases for it, especially in the financial services industry. Currently, the third largest cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP), with a market cap of approximately $50 billion was founded in 2012. Ripple has gained a tremendous amount of popularity since its one of the most scalable cryptocurrency. XRP connects banks and payment providers through its blockchain, RippleNet, simplifying global financial transactions. It’s advantages are quicker transaction times, lower transaction costs, and tracking transactions on its network. In comparison to Bitcoin, cross-border payments could take hours that is associated with ridiculously high transaction fees while Ripple can be completed in a matter of seconds for a fraction of the price.  It has locked partnerships with large organizations such as American Express, Santander, and other financial services companies in Europe, Japan, and South Korea.

In the future, do you think Ripple gain mass adoption and replace our current financial system? What are some of the risks if there was a full scale adoption of Ripple? What are some other applications can blockchain technology be used for?

Sources:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/02/technology/what-is-ripple-cryptocurrency/index.html

https://ripple.com/