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Relationship between R&D and Innovation

Relationship between R&D and Innovation

In today’s society, it is common for companies to compare their R&D spending to competitors and other companies around the world.  In the ICT field there is constant innovation.  Companies are trying to adhere to the fluid expectations that consumers have today in 2017–and this will almost indefinitely be the case for the years to come.  This is where R&D comes in.  R&D groups of companies have a large impact on how up-to-date their products are and if they’re releasing…

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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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Blog About My Weblog

Blog About My Weblog

Throughout my first semester as a Master’s Candidate at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, I was assigned to write do a weblog.  At first, I wasn’t very confident in my blogging skills and knowledge.  However, the more I did it, the easier it got.  I feel as if blogging gets a bad stereotype because it’s mundane and boring.  This is where I think the stereotype is wrong. Using a blogging website can help someone think clearly and sort…

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“What’s it going to cost?”

“What’s it going to cost?”

  This past week, I had the opportunity to respond to an RFP for the first time.  I’ve heard the term “RFP” thrown around a lot, but I’ve never had any training or insight about what actually goes on in one.  Thanks to the Accenture Challenge, I now have a solid grasp of what it entails. We, as a group, received the RFP on a Monday, and had to present our solution by Friday.  However, Thursday night, we were given…

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Social Media Buzz and Web 2.0

Social Media Buzz and Web 2.0

The addition of user-generated content when it comes to the internet has had a large impact on how the world wide web looks today.  It was such a revolutionary concept to have bits and pieces of information added by people all around the globe that it needed it’s own new name–web 2.0.  Although the name “Web 2.0” is a little underwhelming, what it supplies to people is truly remarkable.  It is an important shift in the way digital information is…

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Enjoying The Whirlwind

Enjoying The Whirlwind

The development of the internet really yielded a plethora of options of how humans can communicate and transfer information.  However, as groundbreaking as it was, the current technologies that are currently booming and ever-expanding around us are equally as impressive and impactful.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology that is currently revolutionizing how humans live on a day-to-day basis.  IoT, essentially, involves connecting devices with an on and off switch to the internet.  Consumers are beginning to just…

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Plagiarism And Its Consequences

Plagiarism And Its Consequences

For as long as I can remember, the word plagiarism has always been a controversial word in the classroom.  Teachers and professors have instilled the fact in our minds that plagiarism is a terrible act and would lead to severe consequences.  Although at the time it may go in one ear and out the other, the continued emphasis on plagiarism is truly important for scholars and scientists alike. It’s important to continue to remain focused on avoiding plagiarism in today’s…

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