Information is all around us, and the management of this information has become as crucial to a business as balancing a checkbook. Information is the newest strategic, corporate asset, making its management all the more critical. As noted in the Annual Review of the Institute for Information Studies, we “now have the ability through technology to store, process and disseminate information on an incomparably vaster scale [than ever before].”
Zona Research, a Redwood Shores, Calif., market research firm, has described an “Extended Intranet” as an Intranet that promotes close ties and communications between manufacturers, their customers and suppliers, via the World Wide Web.
The word “Intranet” itself is a misnomer, in my view; hence extended intranets (and extranets for that matter) are also problematic. The word ‘internet’ itself is derived from ‘internetworking’ which describes how, from 1969 on, the Darpanet (later Arpanet) linked research and university computing centers in a network-like fashion.
The LazerBook is Basex’ foray into the future of book publishing and distribution and was conceptualized by Jonathan Spira. It does, of course, not exist today, and probably will not be practical for some time.
However, in carefully analyzing the direction that the book publishing industry must take, it has become apparent to us that the prediction that “books will disappear” is ill-advised. Most notably, pundits have predicted that books, as we now know them, will be replaced by will be replaced by electronic tablets, perhaps similar to screens on a laptop computer. Sony, in fact, tried this approach with its ill-fated Bookman product, introduced in 1991. In our view, customers were predictably slow to turn to a pocket television-screen-sized device for their reading pleasure.
In their February 26, 1996 issue, Business Week led with a cover story on the latest phenomonon to hit the corporate world — the Intranet. Jonathan Spira takes a look at some of the article’s assumptions and questions the reasoning that went into making them.
Corporations are ’seizing the Web as a swift way to streamline–even transform–their organizations. It is important to remember that many organizations adopted the Web and the Internet without first giving thought to their own internal business processes and planned strategies.
“Celebrate” Information Overload Awareness Day: August 12
The Information Age has brought with it many advances which have become part of everyday life, including the Web and mobile phones, not to mention e-mail, text and instant messaging, and social networks. While there are many benefits to having these tools and modes of communication, they also bring with them a costly side effect: the problem of information overload.
50% of all searches fail in a manner that the person doing the search recognizes as a failure. A far more significant problem is that 50% of the searches believed to have succeeded failed, but the person doing the search simply doesn’t realize it. As a result, that person uses information that is at best out of date but more often incorrect or just not the right data. When the “bad” information is then used in a document or communication, there is a cascading effect that further propagates the incorrect information.
It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million people and television only 13 years.
It took the Internet a mere four years to reach that number. Just last month there were 10 billion Web searches performed and most people didn’t find what they were looking for. Here’s to less information!