MIS4596-Tony Messina-Sec 002-Spring 2017

Robert Anthony Lesnik

The Coming Augmented Reality Land Grab

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Two of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are secretly working on augmented reality. Those two companies being Facebook and Apple. Facebook has went public about their efforts.  They plan on releasing info about their augmented reality efforts through their F8 developer conference in the upcoming month. Apple has yet to publicly announce its AR work, but Tim Cook has made massive hints at the technology in the past. AR gives Apple the opportunity to once again release a genre defining product, something the company hasn’t done since the iPad.

Article Link: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/facebook-apple-and-the-coming-augmented-reality-land-grab-cm763194


1. It is rumored that for the iPhone 8, AR will be a huge feature. What are your thought on your phone having AR capabilities?

2. Do you think AR will make day-to-day life easier, or do you think it’ll be more of a problematic technology?

Hyland Releases New AirBase ‘Lite’ For Small Businesses

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Ohio based ECM developer, Hyland, have recently just released a cloud-based document management system specifically for the small business audience. This new ECM is called AirBase. AirBase provides lighter weight ECM capabilities so they can store, manage and organize business data. Employees will have access to their business content anywhere and at any time. Airbase gives you the ability to add a classify documents into logical groups, manager user security, ability to assign document status to improve visibility, and much much more. All of this can be accessed via any web browser or mobile device. In the past, Hyland has only focused on medium sized businesses but is expanding its horizons as there is a need for small businesses to also store and access data during all parts of the day.


  1. If you were a small business owner, would you want an ECM implemented in your business activities.
  2. What are the consequences if a small business does not implement an ECM?

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Penn to Integrate “Systems Thinking” Into Graduate Program

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We recently discussed systems thinking and established how important it is to help organizations rethink their strategy if a system isn’t working or if it needs adjusted, In this case, systems thinking is occurring because a system is nearing the end of its life cycle. The University of Penn is taking this topic and implementing it in a graduate program ran through their college of liberal and professional studies. This program is designed to give graduate students the chance to redesign their student government which is referred to as GAPSA. The current GAPSA system has been in place for 10 years but has never adapted to the many things around it changing. Students will totally rethink the current system and then present their new system to GAPSA at the conclusion of the class. The entire purpose of the class is to get new ideas flowing in order to improve a system that has not changed in a long time. All of this gives students a real life chance to integrate systems thinking.

  1. Do you think it is possible that students will design a GAPSA system in the same way that it already exists?
  2. What are the advantages of getting real life experience with the “systems thinking” process?