MIS4596-Tony Messina-Sec 002-Spring 2017

Kyle Matusik

Big Data In Sports

In today’s world of sports, data is being collected everywhere. From sports management and broadcasting to gaming and fantasy companies, data is being collected and used in a variety of ways to both make money and improve the overall experience. Teams utilize statistics to analyze players, build teams, and determine their strategies. Management analyzes data in order to improve ticket sales, merchandising, and marketing. Coaches keep track of data on training, diet, and overall health to help their players to learn and excel. It seems the entire sports world revolves around the collection, analysis, and utilization of data.

Do you think big data is being used to it’s fullest potential in the sports world?

Do you see any uses of data that have not been adopted yet in the sports world?

Do you think the sports industry would survive if it took a step back from its reliance on big data?

Source: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=c12adb4d-3eb3-4fdf-b48d-bab1aa36ec15

Ad Blocking Battle Drives Disruptive Innovation


The online world of advertisements and ad blockers wouldn’t be the first place you would think to see disruptive innovation being applied. As the popularity of the Internet grew, so did the opportunity for advertisers to promote their business. A majority of online users grew tired of constant pop up ads, which lead to the growing popularity of ad blockers. Although ad blockers please the end users, it hurts the publishers of online content, who are essentially being extorted. To combat the use of ad blockers, Instart Logic, a Silicon Valley company, has used disruptive innovation methods to help advertisers work around ad blockers. Instart developed an “Ad Integrity” offering, which encrypts content so that ad blockers can’t detect the content. It also has security capabilities, that include defense against denial of service and botnet attacks. With the popularity of this technology almost certain to skyrocket, it seems that the ad blocking battle will continue to go back and forth. The author does raise some interesting questions that I would like to pose to our class.


Should consumers have the ability to remove all ads from their Internet experience, even though it hurts the publishers of web content? Or should we find a better solution and end this ad-blocking dilemma?


Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/02/18/ad-blocking-battle-drives-disruptive-innovation/#18662a5601e2

ERP Security


In class, we have discussed the role that ERP plays in integrating business processes. As mentioned in the article, there really is no denying the growing importance that ERP has on business. But as the reliance on ERP systems rises in the business world, vulnerability has grown to be a major concern. Companies are storing and communicating vital information in their ERP systems, which catches the attention of cyber criminals. The need for mobility has played a role in this growing concern. Originally, business systems existed within the “corporate firewall.” Now, ERP systems have to work with mobile applications over the internet, which creates a “gateway” into the company’s ecosystem. These openings put the company at risk of being hacked if not properly protected. In the article, the author offers some solutions to building an effective ERP security strategy, which include focusing on identity management and multi-factor authentication. One thing that I thought was interesting was the idea of using biometric identifiers, such as fingerprint scanners, as a necessary credential. Do you think enough is being done to protect ERP systems from cyber attacks?