Journal Entry, Week Ten

When I had to choose a publication medium I thought I would create a wiki page, since there was just too much information to do otherwise. I figured that would be fine until class when the professor announced we could hand out a publication to our classmates while we gave a presentation. That meant that I could put my presentation in a smaller form like a brochure and that seemed like a difficult goal, but after analyzing my data and trying it out I decided it could be done.  I wanted to create a brochure form of my presentation, because it has a lot of good ideas in it that could convince others to try them and I figured an easy way to sell someone on something during a presentation is a pamphlet. After reflection it actually turned out pretty good considering the fact I didn’t plan for it.

The medium I chose was much smaller than the paper I started with initially, but I took the time to condense my research to fit a brochure despite it being a daunting task. First I eliminated most of the graphs I used in the presentation, because most of them were good talking points, but weren’t necessary to get my point across. Then I altered most of the data down into simple bullet points without any of the explanatory analysis behind them. After that I had to choose which topics were more important than others since I could not fit them all and instead chose the ones that would be the most helpful or the most interesting. Lastly I made sure that all the data and language I used highlighted the best part of my research paper and that it always focused on selling the strategies, rather than just presenting them. Overall it turned out really good and I’m pretty happy with the project as whole. Now all that is left is to wait until others see it to determine if I succeeded or not.

 

Progress Report, Week Ten

This week in my research journey I should be done with at least my presentation and my research paper and I am done with both of those plus my publication. Though it was a hard weekend, I definitely reached my intended goal and then some. My only issues I ran into this week was having too much information to talk about, even after I narrowed a ton of it down into graph form I still had over 30 pages of reporting material. I overcame this by slowly whittling down and eliminating unnecessary information or excessive numbers that weren’t adding to the overall solution I found.

This week started by trying to pound out the research paper as quickly as possibly, which is what I expected to accomplish this week at the very least. I did end up accomplishing a lot more than I planned by finishing both my presentation and publication along with my research paper in 5 days, which I didn’t expect to have time to finish. I have nothing left to do now except share it with my class tonight.

The most surprising thing I learned about research this term was how hard it was to research some topics that don’t have any scholarly work relating to the topic. Technology for instance is horrible to research sometimes, because 1) it changes constantly and 2) your work consists of almost entirely of primary sources assuming you can find them. Some times you will find 2 out of 5 pieces of information your looking for and then when you look at another company you get 4 out of 5 pieces of information. I have never had to research something so recent like this before and it was surprising how difficult it was to locate all the details.

In my future C.I.S. career I assume I will have to research something about new technology at one point and this was certainly good practice for that. I had to become pretty adept at finding primary sources and making sure my information was accurate if it wasn’t a primary source and I expect that my future bosses will expect me to do the same when investigating hardware or software upgrades/problems. Researching technology is an entirely different animal than what I am used to and I suspect that I have only just touched the surface of this deeply complicated pool of information.

Journal Entry, Week Nine

This week I chose to discuss the three statements option, because I agreed with them for the most part, but I wanted to add how they weren’t always true.

Managers are paid to take chances with decisions. Researchers are paid to reduce the risk of making those decisions.

I can agree with the general sentiment of this statement since it is basically true, but I do have an addendum to it. Most managers decisions are not high risk, they know what the outcomes will be most of the time since they wouldn’t roll the dice constantly with their jobs. Researchers on the other hand are definitely funded to reduce risk and promote business interest by using that data to make more intelligent decisions or produce better goods.

A business strategy can be no better than the information on which it is formulated.

This is definitely true since strategies that have no data before hand usually fail spectacularly and it only makes sense, because how can you plan to react to something you are blind too. Knowledge is power and businesses will pay almost any cost to be informed, because the more you know the more likely your decisions lead to success. If we look at Google and Facebook who have no product to sell except peoples personal information, I think we can all agree they seem to be doing pretty well. So any business strategy that is formulated better be informed since no one wants to fail at any of their endeavors especially if a lot of money is on the line.

The purpose of research is to solve business problems.

The purpose of research is not just to solve business problems, but I must admit almost all research is profit driven. Businesses pay a lot of money to discover new things or have an advantage over others. This leaves little room for non-profit research which almost never make any real progress, because of a lack of funds. So although the statement could be argued as mostly true, I had to point out that its not an absolute