American Journal of Information Systems

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Article

Application of Infrastructure as a Service in IT Education

1Math and Computer Science, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, United States


American Journal of Information Systems. 2014, 2(2), 42-48
DOI: 10.12691/ajis-2-2-3
Copyright © 2014 Science and Education Publishing

Cite this paper:
Li Chao. Application of Infrastructure as a Service in IT Education. American Journal of Information Systems. 2014; 2(2):42-48. doi: 10.12691/ajis-2-2-3.

Correspondence to: Li  Chao, Math and Computer Science, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, United States. Email: chaol@uhv.edu

Abstract

This paper considers cloud service development to support hands-on practice in IT education. For IT education, cloud services can be used to reduce cost, enhance security, and provide flexibility. This paper presents a case study to illustrate how cloud services can be used to support hands-on practice for IT courses. It also provides a five-step development strategy to develop cloud based computer labs for various types of IT courses.

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Article

Can Blind People Use Social Media Effectively? A Qualitative Field Study of Facebook Usability

1School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, United States


American Journal of Information Systems. 2014, 2(2), 33-41
DOI: 10.12691/ajis-2-2-2
Copyright © 2014 Science and Education Publishing

Cite this paper:
Rakesh Babu. Can Blind People Use Social Media Effectively? A Qualitative Field Study of Facebook Usability. American Journal of Information Systems. 2014; 2(2):33-41. doi: 10.12691/ajis-2-2-2.

Correspondence to: Rakesh  Babu, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, United States. Email: babu@uwm.edu

Abstract

Social media allow people to communicate, collaborate and socialize for personal and professional matters. However, their sight-centered design can present access and usability problems for the blind. Existing quantitative approaches to usability testing do not provide in-depth assessment of the problem. This paper presents a qualitative approach to test social media usability, and illustrates its application to evaluate Facebook for the blind. Think-aloud observation of six blind participants generated verbal evidence of their Facebook interaction experiences. Verbal protocol analysis explained the nature of interaction challenges in performing common Facebook functions. Design standards analysis explained design errors in Facebook interface. It helped identify remedial measures to potentially improve Facebook usability. Findings demonstrate the utility of the qualitative approach to feasibly evaluate social media usability for blind users. It shows how blind users think, act and perceive in performing common social media functions non-visually. This has implications for the design of non-visual user interfaces to access social media through ‘Internet of Things’ and in multi-tasking situations.

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Article

Business Intelligence as a Knowledge Management Tool in Providing Financial Consultancy Services

1Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University Malaysia


American Journal of Information Systems. 2014, 2(2), 26-32
DOI: 10.12691/ajis-2-2-1
Copyright © 2014 Science and Education Publishing

Cite this paper:
Gul Muhammad, Jamaludin Ibrahim, Zeeshan Bhatti, Ahmad Waqas. Business Intelligence as a Knowledge Management Tool in Providing Financial Consultancy Services. American Journal of Information Systems. 2014; 2(2):26-32. doi: 10.12691/ajis-2-2-1.

Correspondence to: Zeeshan  Bhatti, Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University Malaysia. Email: zeeshan.bhatti@live.iium.edu.my

Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to elaborate how Business Intelligence (BI) as a knowledge management tool could help consultants in providing professional services to the financial sector. The Business Intelligence (BI) solution could be a competitive advantage for the consultants if they are able to exploit the Business Intelligence (BI) tools and technology such as Data Warehouse, Data Mining, On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) and Extraction Transformation Load (ETL). The consultants can use Business Intelligence (BI) solution to analyze the organizational data such as structures and business processes of the Financial Institution. By analyzing the organizational data, the financial institution can imp better rove and streamline functional efficiencies to not only bolster up sales and marketing strategies and better develop customer services program, but also mitigate risk by developing more appropriate risk management actions. In brief, by having this competitive advantage, the consultant will be able to withstand in the market, which is always changing.

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