Information Systems


Report Reveals AJAX on the Rise

With 3.5 million developers worldwide, AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is rapidly becoming one of the key technologies of Web 2.0, more...

How to Tackle the IT Skill Shortage

The IT shortage is real. Cisco is trying to help its partners, read more...

But there is more:

Share your slides

Sharing of ideas is on the rise. Free Software Foundation did it. Then Open Source Initiative found other ways to do it. Then Creative Commons did it. Now many companies are following the trend.

Eco-osk: Sustaining an Information System using solar power

Some time ago, around the end of last year, I met with Bruce Baikie, the co-founder of Green Wi-Fi, a nonprofit corporation which was building solar (photovoltaic) power-based Wi-Fi repeater units that could sustain themselves for days at a stretch using dear old Sun (no, not the corporation, but the real shiny thing in the sky).

Co-Founder of will be guest lecturing at DTC on April 16 at 4:30pm

Maheesh Jain, Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development of will be speaking to ISYS 814 students in room 599A in SFSU Downtown Campus. The lecture is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:15pm. He will be talking about effective E-business strategies. Please let me know if you wish to attend []. I will try to get a larger room if needed. Following is a short bio of the speaker.

New Book: Climbing the Ladder of Business Intelligence

Announcing a new book authored by Jim E. Cates, Sam S. Gill, and Natalie Zeituny: "Climbing the Ladder of Business Intelligence". The goal of this book is to introduce an intelligence framework that builds a foundation for success. The Ladder is really a Ladder of Business Intelligence (LOBI) that aims to create intelligent organizations in which technology systems are designed to support success. The book is ideal for MBA students trying to understand how to leverage Information Technology to improve decision making in corporations.

Using virtualization and P2P in the classroom

This semester, I came up against a problem that appears to have a solution based on two new and prominent technologies.


You must see this to believe it! The founders of Kazaa and Skype have now created Joost. Joost allows everyone to watch TV on the internet using new and established technologies to provide the best of both the internet and TV worlds. Like TV, Joost has channels and programs. Joost also enhances the viewing experience by adding search capabilities and chats.

Checkout the beta site at and apply for beta membership.

JavaScript 2 Presentation

In the second half of 2007 a new version of JavaScript, JS2, will be released. You can learn more about the new release from a presentation by Brendan Eich of Mozilla the inventor of JavaScript more...

Acquire or build?

Last semester, towards the end of the term, one of my students asked me about the IS (Information Systems) program and what he should be looking forward to, when he graduates. I gave him the regular rundown of our courses and how the world would come to a grinding halt if IS were to be removed from it. Then, he asked me something that had me stumped for a while. He said, "I am actually at the end of my program, but honestly, I still don't know what I would do with IS". His problem was that he wasn't able to extend all that he had learned, to its actual application.

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