Chapter 05 - Information Systems A Managers Guide to...

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5-1 Information Systems: A Manager’s Guide to Harnessing Technology
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5-3 Chapter 5 Moore’s Law: Fast, Cheap Computing and What It Means for the Manager
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5-4 Learning Objectives Define Moore’s Law and understand the approximate rate of advancement for other technologies, including magnetic storage (disk drives) and telecommunications (fiber-optic transmission) Understand how the price elasticity associated with faster and cheaper technologies opens new markets, creates new opportunities for firms and society, and can catalyze industry disruption Recognize and define various terms for measuring data capacity
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5-5 Learning Objectives Consider the managerial implication of faster and cheaper computing on areas such as strategic planning, inventory, and accounting Describe why Moore’s Law continues to advance, and discuss the physical limitations of this advancement Name and describe various technologies that may extend the life of Moore’s Law
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5-6 Learning Objectives Discuss the limitations of each of these approaches Give examples of the business use of supercomputing and grid computing Describe grid computing and discuss how grids transform the economics of supercomputing
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5-7 Learning Objectives Understand the characteristics of problems that are and are not well suited for supercomputing and grid computing Understand the magnitude of the environmental issues caused by rapidly obsolete, faster and cheaper computing Explain the limitations of approaches attempting to tackle e-waste
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5-8 Learning Objectives Understand the risks firms are exposed to when not fully considering the lifecycle of the products they sell or consume Ask questions that expose concerning ethical issues in a firm or partner’s products and processes, and that help the manager behave more responsibly
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Some Definitions Moore’s Law : Chip performance per dollar doubles every eighteen months Microprocessor : The part of the computer that executes the instructions of a computer program Random-access memory (RAM)
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