MIS2101 Section 702 – Amy Lavin – Spring 2014

Sean McAneney

CIO’s, CEO’s and ERP Systems



Chief Information Officers (CIO) have the unfortunate task of attempting to not only keep up with the rapid changing technology in the world, but they also must find the best suitable technology for their company. Failure to not have the latest version or most comprehensive software out their could lead to competitors having an advantage. This article discusses challenges companies and their CIO’s face when trying to implement an ERP system.

After reading this article

1. How can CEO’s get CIO’s to understand the business goals of the company so that the CIO’s can make more informed decisions?

2. With how fast technology is constantly changing and the high costs of newer products in the market, can CEO’s expect CIO’s to always have the best, most updated ERP system?

3. Do you think most ERP systems fail because they are not suited for the business or because management has not properly trained employees on how to use the system?

Search Today and Beyond: Optimizing for the Semantic Web

Search Today and Beyond: Optimizing for the Semantic Web

This article talks about Google and some major competitors like Yahoo and Bing making big strides towards creating a semantic web. In the article it lists various new applications that have been released and how they will potentially impact society.

Some questions to think about:

1. Assuming the semantic web is fully able to comprehend a user’s search, what will that do to competition between search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo?

2. In the article it talks about rising search engines with the same technology, but significantly less users. Do you think these small search engines will be able to break into the market with Google already receiving billions of searches per year?

3. Penny Herscher, CEO of First Rain, describes her vision of semantic web technology as being able to essentially simulate real life interactions based on information that can be found on the web. Do you think this technology will help or hurt society?

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