Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

WRITINGS ON DIGITAL STRATEGIES, ICT ECONOMICS, AND GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

Lotus Spreadsheets – Part 4 – Symbols and Lists as Administrative Technologies

Spreadsheets like Lotus 1-2-3 were designed to facilitate organizational coordination and activity by setting up relationships between symbolic and material resources. Using a grid structure, spreadsheets achieve their efficacy by combining the following components: symbolic representation; lists; tables; cells and; formulas. In this post I will examine how the first two components, symbolic representations and […]

Steven Levy’s A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge

This article was very influential in my early thinking about the spreadsheet and cited in my PhD dissertation. It was published as Chapter 10 in Tom Forester’s (ed) Computers in the Human Context: Information Technology, Productivity and People. Basil Blackwell. 108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JF, UK. Steven Levy gave me permission to put it […]

Lotus Spreadsheets – Part 3 – Identifying the Components of a Transformative Tool

I begin a formal analysis of the spreadsheet by identifying some of its component parts, a type of Cartesian reductionism, but with the intent of showing also how they all work together to create a powerful organizational and productivity tool. Spreadsheets combine a number of technologically enhanced cognition features to create, manipulate and visualize diagrammatic rationalities. In other words, spreadsheets not only appraise aspects of reality, but are constitutive technologies that can shape perceptions and empower control over the lived experiences of people and the resources that support them.

Management and the Abstraction of Workplace Knowledge into Big Data

The factory of the future will have only two workers: a man and a dog. The human being’s job is to feed the dog, whose function is to keep the man away from the machine. – Warren Gameliel Bennis Understanding information technologies and the emergence of “big data” in the workplace requires some scrutiny of […]

The Network is the Computer – UNIX and the SUN (Stanford University Network) Workstation

When computers began using “third generation” integrated circuit technology, processing speeds took a giant leap forward, and new computer languages and applications were enabled. From the time-sharing initiative by General Electric in the early sixties came BASIC (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) that allowed a new class of non-engineers and scientists to program the computer […]

Healthcare IT and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Within weeks of his inauguration, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, abbreviated ARRA, as part of a $787 billion stimulus package to help revive the ailing economy.[1] The nation was teetering on the edge of economic ruin brought on by the repercussions of a highly leveraged global securitization and credit […]

Popular Programming Languages

It has been a while since I reviewed the latest statistics about the most popular programming languages. The top 10 most popular programming languages according to the TIOBE Index in Sept of 2011 are. Java C C++ C# PHP Objective-C (Visual) Basic Python Perl JavaScript The list is a bit misleading. According to the Language […]

Setting Up Your IT/Media Enterprise as an LLC

First off, I am neither an accountant nor an attorney so by all means obtain proper counsel for setting up your business. That said, I’m often asked about setting up a company and wanted to point out some options and things to think about when starting up your business. In particular, you should look at […]

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    Professor and Associate Chair at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea. Recently taught at Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. Moved to Austin, Texas in August 2012 to join the Digital Media Management program at St. Edwards University. Spent the previous decade on the faculty at New York University teaching and researching information systems, media economics, and strategic communications.

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