IT and BI

Business Intelligence (BI) and Information Technology (IT) virtually, methodically, and basically go arm-in-arm.

Students who are majoring in business, i.e., administration, management, marketing, accounting, etc., will find that BI and IT have morphed into one entity. One does not do without the other.

Within the world of information technology / computer science, the structures, formats, platforms, applications, hardware, and/or vendors are service oriented architecture based programming. The programming is designed to meet the needs and/or offer some type of business service. Be it entertainment, news media or query data. Information and the business of information apply. Technical skill sets include knowledge and ability to use, the process, practices, techniques, and tools of the specialty area or software/hardware expertise.

The management of business processes is setting and achieving goals while utilizing the basic functions that include and/or use human, financial, material, and informational resources.

Metadata is a term worthy of attention in the data mining profession. The community, of which I am currently affiliated, is the Ad-Hoc, rapid and instantaneous access and delivery to requested information. Instant data access is crucial in the business world as well as today’s everyday lifestyles. “The right information to the right people at the right time,” is the lifeblood of any business and/or professional practice. BI and IT professionals are trained and skilled on both platforms. The scalability between skill sets compliment one another in the direction of goal achievement.

The purpose of this message is to aid in study preparation for prospective Business Administration / Computer Science students. Be aware of the twin that is joined at the hip. Study diligently. Absorb all of the technical and business lingo and data that you can. Eat, Sleep, and Think BI and IT!

Information Technology (IT) and Business Intelligence (BI), or is it Vice – Versa?

What Are RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds.

RSS also known as rich site summary or real simply syndication, arrived on the scene a number of years ago, but was only recently embraced by webmasters as a means to effectively syndicate content. RSS Feeds provide webmasters and content providers an avenue to provide concise summaries to prospective readers. Thousands of commercial web sites and blogs now publish content summaries in an RSS feed. Each item in the feed typically contains a headline; article summary and link back to the online article.

Benefit to the Webmaster:

As the web has become more crowded webmasters have been striving to provide fresh and up to date content for their website visitors. Many webmasters have discovered they can easily utilize the information in RSS feeds to provide fresh web content.

RSS feeds are composed in XML, which is a very simple markup language. Similar to HTML, XML uses tags to identify fields. Webmasters can easily parse the RSS feed and dynamically create web pages that contain headlines and summaries. The feeds will continuously update, supplying a steady stream of automatically generated fresh content.

RSS allows webmasters to:

1.) Provide fresh and relevant content on their website, which encourages users to return.

2.) Constantly changing content means that search engine spiders will visit more frequently.

3.) Automate content delivery.

The benefits of RSS feeds are not limited to webmasters, surfers too benefit from the technology as well.

Benefit to Web Surfers:

The beauty of RSS is that readers can quickly scan headlines (titles) and read articles of interest. Because the information is condensed and provided in a single location users can generally review more information in a shorter time frame. Additional information is only a click away. Best of all readers choose the feeds they wish to see, there is no spam with RSS. If you are not completely thrilled with the content appearing in a feed simply remove it from the newsreader. The technology is a pull technology rather than push technology, meaning the content is not forced on the consumers, who pull the content they want to see.

RSS allows for users to:

1.) Easily locate information.

2.) Read condensced information or ‘soundbytes’ with clearly marked and dated topic material.

3.) Classify and categorize information in an easy to navigate manner.

4.) Maximize their time without having to deal with spam.

RSS feeds can be viewed in a news aggregator or reader, which constantly updates and shows unread feeds. I found the functionality of the newsreaders to be similar to a simple email client. Consumers generally enter the URL of any RSS feeds that interest them. Topics with a common theme can be segregated into related groups.

I highly recommend FeedDemon by BradSoft as a newsreader. FeedDemon is extremely easy to use and allows for quick scanning and indexing of topics. FeedDemon allows users to quickly scan, sort and scroll through headline and article summaries, while viewing the actual content in a split screen web browser.

Finding Topic Specific Relevant Feeds

In order to find feeds that provide niche information users can search Feedster. Feedster [] is a rapidly growing news search engine that indexes information contained within RSS feeds. Searches for topic specific feeds can be conducted and feeds can be retrieved for syndication.

Benefit to Content Developer

While the benefits to users and webmasters are clear the distribution opportunities made available to content developers should not be overlooked. Information contained in the RSS feed can be easily syndicated, increasing content distribution and reach.

RSS allows for content developers to:

1.) Increase exposure in niche markets.

2.) Communicate with user bases and reach potential customers via an alternate communication method.

3.) Disseminate relevant information.

4.) Define themselves as an industry expert.

5.) Automate content delivery.

RSS has effectively standardized the format for content delivery and has effectively defined the accepted standard for content distribution and syndication. RSS will likely rival email as a means of content distribution in another few years. The shear simplicity makes the technology very appealing.

The distribution potential, while albeit difficult to measure, is still attractive to all parties making the likelihood that RSS popularity will only continue to grow.

RSS Feeds to Try

Feeds exist for almost any topic consider trying these feeds out by entering the url in your feed reader:

Small Business Feed – small business tips and news

Software Marketing Blog Summary – software marketing and online news

SMS, Wireless Messaging Related News. – news related to telecom, wireless industry and NotePage’s software

Free Content Articles – collection of free content articles, updates when new article is released.

Software Marketing News – news related to software conferences, awards, software development and marketing

What Is The Human Condition In 2020?

There are a number of factors to consider when trying to understand the human condition in today’s world. These includes advances in technology and mankind’s effect on the environment. There are other factors to consider, however this article will focus on these two factors.

Advances In Technology

Advancing technology is changing the human condition. It is not just the advancing of technology but the pace at which it is changing. All through human history advances in science and technology has been transforming how we live. Today the rate at it which it is changing is staggering. Consider the advent of the computer and the internet. These technologies have transformed how we do business and communicate with each other. It seems everybody has a smart phone these days. These devices are phones that are packaged with electronics that what would be considered to be a super computer when man first set foot on the moon and launched the first space shuttle. These phones are equipped high-resolution cameras and can easily record any event and spread it all over the internet using numerous social media platforms, literally at the speed of light. All human events are now being covered by potentially 3.5 billion smart phones as of 2020 and number is growing everyday.

These advances in computer technology also mean there are cameras located everywhere that monitor all of our movement. These videos are recorded and stored on hundred’s of thousands of web severs throughout the world.

Video surveillance in the workplace is everywhere and has become accepted as the norm by most employees. Can you say big brother. Do employers have the right to monitor their employees using video cameras? Unfortunately the use of video cameras in the work place is quite common in places such as Canada.

Mankind’s Affect On The Environment

It seems every time you watch the news there is talk of how mankind is affecting the climate in a negative way. There always talk of the climate change and how the related overall warming of the planet will increase the number of extreme weather events. This means more hurricanes, flooding and wild fires that are completely out of control. Just ask the people who live in Western Canada, California and South East Asia.

Of course mankind’s effect on the environment is not just limited the land. The effects on the environment can be seen in rivers, lakes and oceans. These bodies of water are being choked with plastic and various toxic chemicals.

One source stated that in 2015 eight million tons of plastic waste are dumped in the oceans each year and the overall effect of this will mean there will be a tenfold increase in amount plastic waste by 2020.

This not only affects the helpless creatures that live in these environments but also the people living in the vicinity.

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