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Lately the subject of net neutrality has garnered a lot of attention. As businesses large and small create an ever increasing set of offerings that require lots of bandwidth there is concern that the Internet infrastructure may not be able to keep data flowing smoothly.
The core of the Internet’s bandwidth is provided by a few businesses. These businesses exist to make money. Fundamentally, when demand exceeds supply the cost of the good or service goes up. In this case those costs might appear as increased charges for access or a slowing of one company’s data transfer versus another.
As in many debates there are two extreme positions represented by individuals, companies and trade groups. In this case the dimension being debated is whether there is a need to legislate a message-neutral Internet (Net Neutrality).
The meaning of being “neutral” is that all data flowing across the Internet would be given equal priority. The data being accessed by a doctor reading a CAT scan from a health records system would receive the same priority as someone watching a YouTube video.
Although the debate surrounds whether net neutrality should be a requirement, the reasons for taking a position vary. I’ll start with concerns being shared by those that want a neutral net to be guaranteed.[Read More] What Should Business Managers Know About Information Systems?
In my work I interact with many business-centric and technology-centric individuals. In most cases I am working with teams that include subject matter experts (SME), project managers, business analysts, architects, developers, IT infrastructure administrators, quality assurance personnel and users. Each of these roles is important, but not sufficient, to delivering a successful project. Beyond these roles, successful projects also rely on a host of best practices including strong business sponsorship, effective scoping, and good communication. However, one area that can influence the effectiveness of a systems-based solution is the business management’s understanding of information systems (IS).[Read More]Why Do So Many Information Systems Implementations Fail and What Can Be Done to Improve Our Success Rate?
Information Systems (IS) implementations normally fail due to a lack of ownership, planning and execution by the organization. The software and hardware tend to do what they are supposed to do. Their features and limitations are typically known, at least if we take the time to investigate. However, it is the organizational issues among and between business units and teams that actually require most of the effort when running an IS project.[Read More]