Project #71064 - 8 Discussion Questions *$100 Budget*

MAX BUDGET $100

 

Answer the 8 Discussion Questions.  

 

#1.  Write a 200 word short answer response that addresses the following:

•What competitive advantage does technology give to business? How does aging hardware affect this advantage?

 

#2.  Respond to Britney’s answer to #1.  Say you agree or disagree and elaborate on your answer.  

 

A business using technology has the upper hand because the business will have the opportunity and means to communicate faster with its clients, distributors, and employees. This advantage allows for a business to always be in constant communication with its people. Aging hardware can limit the ability to quickly communicate with its people. This disadvantage can spawn from computers that are not up to date with the speed of the current Internet connection or if the company has the newer computers and has not upgraded its Internet capabilities. When either the computer or network connection is slower than what is expected to be connected the usage of the device will be slower. 

 

#3.  Write a 200 word short answer response that addresses the following:

•What is the importance of organizational decision roles to technology innovation?

 

#4. Respond to Eli’s answer to #2.  Say you agree or disagree and elaborate on your answer.  

 

I feel organizations must have buy in from their internal decision makers in order to successfully incorporate and leverage new technologies.  If these individuals do not believe in the value of implementing newer technologies, they will block its future adoption and hinder any innovations that the implementation of technologies may bring to the organization.  In their roles, it should be seen as their responsibility to understand the advantages and disadvantages of new technologies and make decisions on its utilization based on the overall value and risk it may bring to the organization.  As technology continues to evolve and information increases its importance as an organizational asset,  the alignment between an organization's business and technology strategies must remain tightly aligned.  As the failure to do so may position the organization at a disadvantage compared to its competition.  This continuous pressure to leverage technology to maintain a competitive edge is a key driver for organizational adoption of newer technologies.

 

#5.  Write a 200 word short answer response that addresses the following:

•What are the different types of e-commerce? Should the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 be abolished? Justify your opinion

 

#6.  Respond to Britney’s answer to #5.  Say you agree or disagree and elaborate on your answer.

 

There are five types of e-commerce; Business to Consumer, Business to Business, Business to Employee, Consumer to Business, Consumer to Consumer. They work as described by their names. 

The Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 states the ban of taxes for using the Internet. I agree with the act because it will only cost additional for access no matter the manner it is used. For example: I am paying $130 a month for 40 GB of Internet access due to my location does not offer cable Internet due to I live on right outside a National Forest Reserve and cable will not be run out to my location. This tax will only increase those people that are either unable to have 'unlimited' Internet or choose to have satellite. Personally the cost of Internet access has only gone up in the past years, I remember when my family first got Internet access was only $20 a month for unlimited access. The revenue for Internet is alway going to be on the up because the cost of access is always rising. 

Taxes on purchases online should remain based on the location from which you are purchasing because most companies are already adjusted to this an charge the consumer the additional shipping cost and they are still making a profit on the item. Changing this will only infuriate consumers and change their method of purchasing to going to the physical store and purchasing there and waiting the additional amount of time with free shipping. I know this because working in retail the past 3 years I have had many of customers prefer this over buying online and paying more.

 

 

#7.  Watchthe "Internet: Worldwide Digital Divide" video. (3:19 min in length.) http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=29441&loid=29262

 

Write a 200 word response that addresses the following:

•How can companies use technology to bridge the worldwide digital divide?

 

#8.  Respond to Eli’s answer to #7.  Say you agree or disagree and elaborate on your answer.  

 

 

Organizations can help bridge the worldwide digital divide by investing in the development of cost effective implementations of consumer technologies. As the overall costs required to gaining access to computers and the Internet is lowered, the amount of individuals adversely impacted of the digital divide will also be lowered.  For example, creation of lower priced smartphones has allowed those in areas of the world previsouly would have had limited access to Internet the ability to connect.  Another example, is the consumerization of relatively create computers components like the Raspberry Pi.  With the general availability of such hardware and when paired with free open-source software like Linux, it becomes a viable and cost effective platform that can allow those with limited financial means the ability to gain access to technology and the Internet.

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