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Month: May 2017

IoT: Internet of … Trains

IoT: Internet of … Trains

Although it isn’t as prominent here in the United States, trains are a vital part of many peoples’ lives all across the world.  Trains are used for cross-country travel, daily commutes, and many other purposes.  Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest providers of railway infrastructure, serves rail operators in over 60 countries.  As of late, the have been using Big Data, sensors, and predictive analytics so they can come close to guaranteeing their customers close to 100% reliability on…

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Leadership vs. Management: An Important Dichotomy

Leadership vs. Management: An Important Dichotomy

It is said in the business world in the US that there is “too much management and not enough leadership”.   What does this mean?  What’s the difference?  Aren’t management and leadership the same thing?   After a thorough analysis of their roles, there is an important difference between the two.  What it comes down to is that there is not enough vision, and too much “doing”.   Leaders have a vision.  Managers are then meant to carry out a certain…

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Technical Writing: How to Convey Your Message Effectively

Technical Writing: How to Convey Your Message Effectively

Technical writing may seem like a very complex concept at first glance.  However, a careful analysis of what you’re trying to accomplish can relieve some of the obstacles that come with technical writing.  An important step to take when beginning a technical piece of writing is to analyze your audience.  Think to yourself, “for whom am I writing?”.  This process is developing a persona: concrete aspects of a person’s personality and characteristics.  Analyzing your audience–dividing it into its component parts–gives…

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ICS 698: Ryan Schoonover’s Introduction

ICS 698: Ryan Schoonover’s Introduction

My name is Ryan Schoonover, and I’m a 23 year old Master of Science Candidate at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University.  I’m originally from Grand Haven, Michigan and completed my undergraduate degree at Alma College.  At Alma College, I was a double major in International Business Administration and Spanish, a member of the varsity soccer team, and a Spanish tutor and TA.  I chose to pursue my graduate education at CICS because of…

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