Find two articles on data management. Present any new ideas in these articles to the class.
Find an example of each of the four kinds of information presented in Figure 7-3. They may be from company documents, the Web, or public publications. What new ideas on the (a) corporate authority, (b) technologies used, and (c) information sources did you gain from where you found these items? Did you find any evidence of a merging (or a diverging) of the management of these different types of information?
Visit a local company with a data administration function. Talk to the data administrator and find out:
a. What kinds of data does the IS organization control and not control?
b. What types of data problems is the group trying to solve?
c. What progress is the group having in bringing data under control?
Read a few articles about outsourcing. What did you learn about outsourcing that is not mentioned in this chapter? Relay your findings to the class.
Read three articles that describe the negatives of offshore outsourcing and three that present the positives. Present both sides to the class.