TIM 50 BIS: Homework 4 (Databases; Networks; the “Cloud”, and Amazon Web Services) Reading: Course Reader: Amazon Web Services Case Study; Laudon and Laudon, “EMIS”, Chapter on “Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Informatio

TIM 50 BIS: Homework 4

(Databases; Networks; the “Cloud”, and Amazon Web Services)

Reading: Course Reader: Amazon Web Services Case Study; Laudon and Laudon, “EMIS”, Chapter on “Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Information Management” and “Telecommunications, the Internet, and Wireless Technology”.

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Homework Problems (Due 24 July 2018)

For each problem below proceed in the following structured manner: define the problem; plan the treatment of the problem; execute the plan; draw conclusions.

1. Cognitive Computing: the IBM Perspective

Watch the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMLYKhiZCVI.

List three important lessons learned from watching this presentation.

2. “Amazon Web Services” Case Study:

Read the case material and familiarize yourself with more recent information on AWS. Then, prepare a 1-page case summary, which provide an outline of the key issues and key decisions faced by the management. Answer the following questions:

Question 1. Prepare a detailed timeline for the key events that lead to the startup of AWS, its growth, and current size.

Question 2. Amazon, along with other companies, saw an opportunity to “rent” part of their infrastructure to small firms. Explain the services Amazon offered. Relate each Amazon service to one or more concepts from your Messerschmitt or Lauden and Lauden text. Be very specific and use the correct terminology in your answers.

Question 3. Around 2007 or 2008, many analysts were skeptical of AWS’s possibility of success. Compare this to a recent analyst report located here,

http://gigaom.com/2013/05/29/killer-cloud-report-says-amazon-web-services-threatens-all-it-incumbents/, suggesting that AWS could be very profitable. How did an online retailer like Amazon turn itself into the “killer cloud”? Is there any symbiotic relationship between Amazon’s core business of retailing and AWS?

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