Mala Sarat Chandra
Introduces innovation and specialized topics relating to the study of information in any context.
In 2011, smartphone and tablet unit shipments overtook PCs ; the number of smartphone users at the end of 2012 is estimated to be 1 billion worldwide. In the US, smartphone subscribers grew 50% year over year, with 30% of the users also owning tablets and/or e-readers . Consumers are enjoying the benefits in their personal life, of accessing information they want, when they want, on their device of choice, thanks to ubiquitous connectivity, faster network speeds, reasonable data plans, the number and variety of affordable smartphone apps and increasing number and convenience of cloud services. This same convenience is increasingly in demand in work environments, leading to the concept of “consumerization of information technology”. Enterprise adoption of mobile technologies lags consumer adoption. However, with advances in technology enablers and the consumerization of IT, more enterprises adopting mobile technologies are enjoying tangible business benefits in increased levels of user convenience, productivity, speed of decision-making and process improvements. The Mobile DNA (Devices, Networks, Applications) is changing where work is done, the way work is done, how workers are managed and business processes are implemented. According to an article in Forbes , 89% have mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets connect to corporate networks; 65% of enterprises surveyed allow personal devices to connect to corporate networks. From point solutions to mobile enable specific applications e.g. email, enterprises are taking increasingly strategic and widespread diffusion of mobile technologies to increase stakeholder value across the entire organization. There are significant challenges faced by enterprises in developing strategies to adopt, manage and realize the promise of mobile technologies. For example, multiple Operating Systems with their own application paradigms, the current litigious environment and its impact on continued innovation, concerns about security and privacy, building, sustaining and growing developer ecosystems, to mention a few challenges. Information management now and in the future has to consider mobility first – mobility of users, work and information. This course provides students with an understanding and appreciation for the promise and challenges of mobile information management. It equips students with the knowledge and methodologies for developing strategies for enterprise adoption of mobile technologies.
Student learning goals
1. Describe the fundamental concepts, theoretical questions, and practical strategies surrounding mobile computing and their application in enterprises.
2. Discuss different software architectures and platforms for mobile application development, and evaluate the suitability of different options for the enterprise context.
3. Evaluate the implications of adopting mobile applications in the workplace: the strategies, benefits, risks and impacts.
4. Analyze and explain how mobile technologies may be applied in specific business contexts.
General method of instruction
This course comprises 10 class sessions, 2 hours and 40 minutes each. The sessions will include lectures by the instructor or guests, a fishbowl discussion led by students and potentially, exercises. Students are expected to read assigned readings and come prepared to participate in class discussions. The first three learning objectives are assessed via class participation, fishbowls and exercises. The fourth objective is assessed via a research topic of interest to the student.
Class assignments and grading