Merging Technology/Current Events Briefing

Individually, you will be expected to monitor and explore the current IT environment. For this assignment, find one current (within the last 12 months) article in an appropriate publication (there is a partial list at the end of this document). The topic of the article should be a new or emerging information system or technology, or a current event that is relevant to this course. Your assignment is to summarize the article, explain why it is a significant technology or event, and relate it to the course, using the format below.

Project Format

Use the following section headings in your document. Each paragraph should be single-spaced, with double spacing between paragraphs. The document should be at least two pages long, and no more than four pages.

TITLE of the article:

SOURCE of the article (name of the publication, authors, date published, and URL, if applicable):

BRIEF DESCRIPTION of the technology or event (one paragraph):

SYNOPSIS of the article (one paragraph summary of key points and conclusion)

YOUR INTERPRETATION of why this event or technology is relevant and important (3 5 paragraphs). For example, will it increase competitive advantage? Is it a threat to an existing technology or business? How will it impact people, organizations, or society? How and why is it relevant to this course? To what specific portion of the course is it relevant? What are its advantages and disadvantages? Note that these questions are examples. You can use all, some, or none of them. I encourage you to come up with your own interpretations.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE ARTICLE? For example, what do you know now that you didnat know before reading it? Do you have new insight or a different perspective on information systems and technology? (2 a 3 paragraphs)
Below are just some of the many possible sources. Feel free to find your own source, as long as it is appropriate and reputable. For example, most business or technology journals in the Killam library would be acceptable. However, Timas IT Blog probably would not be acceptable. If you arenat certain whether or not a source is acceptable, just ask me.

CIO Magazine (
InformationWeek (
The Wall Street Journal ()
Fox News (
Reuters (