Going “Green” is a mission of many companies around the globe not just for reasons of environmental responsibility, but also for cutting costs in these extremely tight economic times. Green IT efforts represent a specific focus area within enterprises that hold attention to this trend. Green IT leverages information technology to streamline operations, cut costly waste, and reduce the impact on the environment. IT typically consumes only about 10% of an organization’s energy costs, but the net effect of a Green IT project is to go beyond just energy saving. To tackle the other 90%, a Green IT project extends into a variety of other departments, and to execute such an endeavor requires an effective project management function in order to identify and prioritize goals. A Green IT transformation can be a complex process.
This case study explores the use of the HostedDatabase.com Project Management web application for managing a Green IT project that insures good environmental stewardship. In the process, we’ll outline many of the contemporary tasks included in such an effort. We’ve also set up a demo application that you’re welcome to run and explore. With the demo you can get some ideas about how you might structure your own Green IT project for your company. Click here to read more…
Introduction: Atos is a leading international provider of IT services. The company offers a full range of advisory and other related services to do with information technology, with its main areas of expertise being consulting, system integration, outsourcing and hightech transactional services.. Atos has an annual turnover of five billion euros and employs 48,000 people in 40 countries.
The incorporated company is listed on the Euronext Premier Marché. Atos operates the entire IT landscape for a large number of major customers all over the world. The Managed Operations division is responsible for running the infrastructure, while the Consulting and System Integration division is primarily concerned with advisory and application integration services. Keep Reading..
Information technology has opened up a whole new world of exciting possibilities for businesses—and some interesting challenges. As the volume of digital information increases, company owners, administrators and staff are spending more time trying to manage or locate specific files. Back in 2003, the perceptive folk at multimedia company Meanwhile Ltd saw a gap in the market for a digital asset management solution that could help assemble company data into a central secure location.
The Atlas Media Database Solution is a powerful web-based digital asset management system, designed from the ground up to simplify the task of managing, finding and distributing files such as digital images, desktop files, audio files, video files, and more. Basically, it’s like a super-organised personal assistant. Keep reading…
Case Studies about Work Organisation: Widening Women’s Work in Information and Communication Technology
General characteristics of the sector: Computer services is a sub-category of the economic sector known as ‘computing and related activities’, which also covers hardware manufacturing, telecommunications and computer wholesale activities. In the European industrial classification system, computer services is represented by NACE code 72 Sales and employment in computer services far outweigh those in computer manufacturing, in all of the seven countries covered by this study.
Computer services takes around two-third of the total computing market in these countries, accounting for between 66% and 70%. In other words, in computing as in the economy more broadly, services make up the vast majority of both activity and added value and have become far more significant than manufacturing. keep reading…
A Case Study about the Impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and New Media on Language Learning
This study has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication and the views expressed in it reflect the views only of the contributors and do not necessarily represent those of the European Commission or any other organisation cited. The Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
The study of investigated the possibilities of ICT-supported learning and new media for language learning, as a complement to traditional teaching and learning methods, within and beyond the traditional framework of formal education systems. The study took as its focus the use of ICT and new media. keep reading..
Study about Information and Communication Technology in the Atolls: Maldives
Introduction: Information and communication technology (ICT) is a key issue for members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for telecommunications. In that respect, the ITU has carried out a series of case studies researching ICT in different nations. This study looks at ICT diffusion in the Republic of Maldives.
It touches on specific problems such as isolation and undersized markets that small island developing states such as the Maldives face in adopting ICT. The study also examines how the Maldives is evolving into an information society, particularly relevant in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the first phase of which was held in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2003. keep reading..
Case Study about ASPBAE Research on Information and Communication Technology
The challenge Bangladesh faces is how to become a learning society and to ensure that its citizens are equipped with the knowledge, skills and qualifications on information and communication technology (ICT) they will need in the next century. ICT revolution imposes particular challenges on education systems in Bangladesh. These challenges reduce to three broad areas. The first has to do with participation in the information society, the second considers how ICT impacts on access, cost effectiveness and quality of education,
While the third is to dowith the way that ICT changes the education process. However, ICT is contributing to everincreasing inequalities in Bangladesh through the so-called “digital divide” that splits the Bangladesh between those who are “ICT-literate” and the majority who are not and most of the women have no access to a computer and the Internet. Keep reading
A Case Study about Information & Communication Technology in Tertiary Education in Ghana: Electronic Learning
Abstract: Population growth and the increasing number of people seeing the relevance of education as well as demand for tertiary education in Ghana have been on the rise yearly. Tertiary institutions in Ghana have been unpleasantly turning away large numbers of qualified applicants due to lack of facilities. To solve some of these problems in the tertiary educational sector of Ghana, the use of ICT through ELearning have a major role to play.
Introduction: There is a growing clamour in Ghana’s public universities and polytechnics to be run as businesses. These tertiary institutions are usually assessed in terms of business models and measures. Consistent with these models, universities and polytechnics are now required to justify their existence based not on criteria such as quality of faculty or resources alone, but on whether they satisfy current demands; anticipate future demands; continuously increase product offering i.e. programmes and sales. keep reading..
Case Study about Understanding the Long Term Impact of the Framework Programme
Summary: The Framework Programme has been the subject of various kinds of evaluation since it began in 1984. These have consistently focused on the programme cycle in hand. As a result its longer-term – in an important sense most policy-relevant – impacts have barely been explored. This path-breaking study is intended as an initial exploration of these longer-term impacts and of the usefulness of coupling scientometric techniques with a case-based approach to impact. This volume summarises the project as a whole. A companion volume sets out the cases in more detail.
The Framework Programme: The origins of the Framework Programme are in European efforts to close a perceived ‘technology gap’, first with the USA and later with Japan, and to promote European competitiveness, especially in energy and Information Technology. The changing nature of global competition and the progress of the European project towards closer union has meant that the role of the Framework Programme has evolved. Initially, it was an effort to support European industrial competitiveness in a limited number of sectors by networking together and strengthening European technology development effort.
Case Study about Mass Production to Mass Customization: National Indust:rial Bicycle Company of Japan
Introduction: Mass customization as a viable approach to competitive strategy is capturing the imagination of both managers and business academics. The term ‘mass customization’ has been described as ‘a world of paradox with very practical implications’ (Davis, I987).
The concept is based on the notion of ‘economies of scope’ where advances in manufacturing and information technology, as well as new management methods, enable firms to provide product variety and customization through flexibility and quick respon- siveness in many industries. Employing mass customization, firms can produce enough variety in products and/or services so that nearly everyone finds exactly what he or she wants at a reasonable price (Pine, 1993).