The Future of R&D

The Future of R&D

Research and development has been around since the cavemen developed tools, but where is R&D headed going forward? Sneha Kulkarni writes about 5 trends that predicted to be in store for the future of science and R&D (2015).   Global spending on R&D will continue to grow. Over the last decade, R&D spending has gone from billions to trillions across the world Developing countries will also increase R&D spending. The recession had a larger impact on the US and the…

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Giving and Receiving Feedback

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Last week in CICS I learned about giving and receiving feedback in the project management field. Many of us will be stepping into roles or will be in the future where we will need to evaluate others’ performance. Regardless if you are in a management position in your career it will also be important to seek and receive feedback. When you are responsible for giving feedback to people in your company, the following standards will be helpful in guiding you….

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R&D Project Management Plan: Deliverables

R&D Project Management Plan: Deliverables

Currently, in the R&D Capstone Seminar at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), we are learning how to manage a project as a R&D entrepreneurial company. I am a part of Team 3, which we named OPiN Consulting. Last week we delivered a project management plan and schedule. It was helpful to learn how to sit down and draft a plan of action for our project; which consists of generating new content for the CICS website. I think…

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What is Mine is Yours

What is Mine is Yours

“Research and development is an integral part of breakthrough and innovation and discovery,” says R&D Magazine writer Anna Spiewak; I couldn’t agree more. Every day we hear about new innovations and technology from enterprises like Apple, IBM, and Microsoft. Often, we do not hear about how our own government is planning and deploying new innovations. Similar to a lot of others, I personally like to think that what the government is doing is locked up and a secret for a…

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R & D Motivational Styles

R & D Motivational Styles

Motivating R&D personnel is an interesting topic to me because I have enjoyed all of my management positions in the workforce, but what made me feel the most successful was helping my knowledge workers reach their goals. This got me thinking of the different ways I motivated my team; whether it was to hit their sales goals, strive for 5-star customer survey results, or get that title and position that they wanted to be in. What worked best for me was open communication…

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ICS 698: Introduction

ICS 698: Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Katelyn Zehner and I am currently living in Muncie, Indiana while working towards my Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences. I will be moving to Chicago, Illinois to work as an Associate IT Consultant after I graduate from the Center for Information and Communication Sciences in July of this year. A little background on me is that my undergraduate education is from Alma College in Michigan, where I studied Business Administration and Psychology. Between my undergraduate and…

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Live Blogging from Women Working in Technology 2017 Conference

Live Blogging from Women Working in Technology 2017 Conference

Lauren Koenig, CEO and Founder of TWIP gave an inspiration speech this morning about overcoming the three obstacles that hold most people back from traveling the world: time, distance, and price. You can join TWIP at www.twip.co and meet travel pals. The membership includes using your own personal characteristics to determine what Travanality you are. You can match with travelers, and even search for trips that other TWIP members are going on. TWIP stands for Travel With Interesting People. Lauren…

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2017 Cloud Trends

2017 Cloud Trends

2017 Cloud Trends A report from Forrester stated that 38% of over 1,000 North American and European enterprises are building private clouds, 32% utilizing public clouds and the rest of the companies are planning to use cloud technology in the next 12 months (Boulton, 2016). Large enterprises are going to start making their way to the cloud in 2017 because cloud computing has reached a point of maturity and is secure enough now for enterprises to reap the benefits of…

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Cloud and Pizza

Cloud and Pizza

Albert Barron, a Software Architect at IBM, summarizes the three key services offered in cloud computing using an analogy everyone can relate to: pizza. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is similar to getting a frozen pizza, the ingredients are provided, but the pizza is still required to be cooked and served, in order to enjoy the meal. IaaS provides the foundation such as servers and hardware, but companies are responsible for the rest of the layers. When getting delivery, or…

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History Repeats Itself

History Repeats Itself

We’ve all heard the expression, “history repeats itself,” and while no two things can be exactly the same, there are always similarities of the past which can help us thrive and prosper in a new era. That is, if we pay attention to the patterns. The Information Renaissance in the 21st century has resemblances of the European Renaissance that began in the 15th century. The Information Renaissance is centered around the technology and the application of information that has reshaped how our society…

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